I have been reading some great books lately. I love to read about things that assist me in making significant changes in my life so that I can also impact the lives of others in a positive way. I enjoy Self- Improvement and Empowerment, Nutrition, and Financial Education books. Right now I am LOVING the most recent books I have been reading by Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant. WOW! Some really great stuff in these books. I also am so grateful that I am able to share and open my kids eyes to a totally different way of thinking and learning that they don’t get in school.
Every Monday my youngest son (7) comes home with his Monday Folder. In the Monday Folder is graded work often filled with comments. Maybe just my kids papers have a lot of comments on them (uh-oh! Lol!). No fret! OK. So yesterday my son brought his folder home and we often go through it together and go over mistakes, I ask him questions and why he answered a certain way and then we go over the correct answer or the answer they were looking for. I saw one test that said on it, “This was an Open Book test. 70%” So I asked my son if he used his book and he said, “No I wanted to see if I could get a 100% without using the book! I tried but I didn’t get a 100%”. I didn’t laugh out loud but I wanted to so bad. Yep! My Risk Taker! Awesome trait! This kid is going places! He was also hiding some of the papers and said, “You don’t need to see these mom, they aren’t good grades.” This comment is coming from a kid who has just learned what “grades” are. He was in a Montessori school for several years and they didn’t use grades. This was also the first week he was worried about a “C” grade. He said that if he got any bad grades he would be staying back because he met a boy who was his age and was only in 1st grade. That boy told him he got bad grades and they made him stay in the same grade again. So I proceeded to give my son an education about grades and the school system. I told him that school teaches you to get A’s, not make mistakes because mistakes are bad, and then they teach you to go find a secure job to work for someone. I said those people that the “A” students are working for are the “C” students that took risks, own businesses and have investments. Those “C” students are also the ones who are making a lot of money and have assests not liabilities. He said, “What are assests and that other word?” I told him assests are like having money in your pocket and liabilities are like having no money in your pocket. He decided he liked assests. I also shared that he was doing awesome making mistakes and learning from them and not to worry about making mistakes. Mistakes were good as long as he learned from them. I also shared that in order to be successful he needed to make mistakes. Then his older sister(12) came into the room and was all upset she got a 40% on a test and now her “A” was going to be a “C”. My 7 year old blurted out, “Don’t worry because you will own your own business one day and have all the “A” students working for you and you will be the one with all the assests.” Seeing the look on my daughters face…. It’s time to have a conversation with her.