Counting the Cost
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?"
If your child asks to purchase an expensive item, consider helping him or her save toward the goal of purchasing it. Work with your child to establish a saving plan with a portion of his or her allowance or a list of household tasks for which he or she will be paid. Children could also work toward a goal by clipping coupons to help with family expenses or by collecting returnable bottles.
The anticipation, hard work, and accomplishment of saving toward a specific goal can become a rewarding family project.
Questions for Discussion
- How does waiting for and working for a specific item make me appreciate it more?
- What does it mean to "estimate the cost"?
- What is the relationship between counting the cost of a purchase and counting the cost of other decisions?