It is important for children to know the role of money. Photo: Natasha BadhwarLast week, I was talking about money and love in this column. Not love of money, or that money can’t buy me love, but how to keep both one’s money and love reserves above minimum balance in the family accounts.Last week’s piece had reached a neat closure when we used the savings of our early youth to pay our children’s school fees for all their future school years in one go.
Photo: iStockphotoWhat will you do with all this money you save every month,” he would ask me regularly. This would usually coincide with me scrutinizing a restaurant bill carefully after we had been on a date together.“It is for my children’s school fees,” I would answer without pause. It was an exchange that never failed to amuse my husband before we were married. We were both working hard, travelling frequently and always busy—but I was the one who earned a big fat salary for my efforts.
“Sorry, Mamma, sorry,” Aliza came running to me one day, holding her ears. “I’m sorry for all the wrongs I have done so far.” In one clean sweep, our four-year-old cancelled out a year full of tantrums after the birth of her little sister. We’ve been growing up with our kids. I call child-rearing a game because it inspires us to play. Play demands creativity, one gets better with practice and if one maintains the right spirit, there’s laughter and fun.
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Selecting a term
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