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Teaching Financial Literacy...

October 20th, 2006 at 01:51 pm

I had a few things to blab about but I Wanted to say it feels real good to have GOALS. I really needed this. I have been feeling pretty blah lately like now what, kind of an early mid-life crisis. IT was like school, school, school, buy a home, get my CPA license, buy a better home, have kids. check check check. Okay, now what. That's really how I have felt lately. Now what??????? I know raising kids is a big endeavor, but at the same time I feel like I need another goal in my life.

I just put 2 and 2 together, thinking today that renewing my financial goals has really motivated me. I Am a goal person, I always need to be working towards something. Some things I have put off like getting an even higher education until the kids are much older. It is something I would like to do, but I know I do not have the time to devote. So I have been feeling like, what do I do in the meantime? On the other hand I look at us financially and think we have done pretty awesome. I Wasn't really scrutinizing or making any goals in that area. Now that I Am scrutinizing I wonder what the hell we have been doing. LOL. So what if we are loads ahead of the saps around us, what does it matter, we are BEHIND. I want to retire young!!!! But it isn't going to happen without a lot of work on our part. Ah, but it is a worthy goal to keep me occupied.

Along the same vein I was ready to devote a little more time to volunteering again after things were settling down from the last few years of bearing children and caring for small babies. I Feel strongly that financial literacy really needs to be taught in the schools because parents are not doing it for sure. I was looking into financial literacy programs and saw my state CPA society has a program so I signed up. I have not heard anything in months, which I Was kind of relieved because I do not enjoy public speaking - hehe. I know it is a good cause and I Want to do it - but overall I am pretty scared.

So yesterday I got an e-mail about a training next week. I am absolutely freaking out. I tell myself, calm down. I joined a local professional group for about a year between pregnancies and I spoke to the group a lot, and you know what they liked my speaking. But then I think - gosh - there were professional adults interested in any free tax advice they can get. How am I going to talk in front of high school students???? Can't I talk to the 4th graders??? LOL. But oh well. I Am trying to suck it up and move forward. All I Can do is try. If it is the most miserable experience of my life I don't have to do it again, right?

I actually wanted to start with doing some presentations for the state society and move on from there - getting more involved in the financial literacy movement. We'll see how it goes I guess. I need all the support I Can get though -t ell me I Can do it! Wink

6 Responses to “Teaching Financial Literacy...”

  1. miclason Says:

    You can do it!!! I think it's great that you are getting involved!

  2. frugalmomof1 Says:

    Teach 'em while their young! So many people learn about financial responsibility after it's too late. You can do it!

  3. rduell Says:

    Awesome! I have often thought the same thing. I know that we learned nothing about budgeting or anything in school and our children are not being taught in school either. I will have to look into this. Are there any type of qualifications you have to meet?

  4. monkeymama Says:

    I think this is where I got started:

    http://www.jumpstart.org/states.cfm

    Pick your state and see what they offer. I read a very good article on this organization and when looking how to get involved I saw that they had teamed up with my own professional society. I don't think you necessarily you have to have any qualifications. You can also donate money, etc. They are involved in legislature as well.

  5. rduell Says:

    Great! Thank you! I'm going to look into it.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    You can do it!! Good for you!!

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