I was sharing with my two boys the other day about my own personal financial thoughts, i told them that i would always have two sets of funds set aside every month, one is for "emergency", the other is for "charity".
When my lil Marvell asked me," Papa, why must you have charity fund ?" then i told him," it reminds me of a few things in life that i believe strongly in" i continued," That i am thankful that i have more than enough to spend every month but there are people who can't even have proper meals day in and day out, it also reminds me that happiness does not come from wearing LV,Prada or Coach but to see others happy."
After sharing with Marvell about my thoughts, he gladly passed me his RM200 ang pau money and said," Papa, please give this money to charity"
Since small, i have never mollycoddled my sons with expensive stuffs, they knew the meaning of needs and wants, i have also shown them even with a little gesture of giving that little extra that really makes someone happy.
For instance,if my parking ticket is 30 cents, i would give a dollar to that parking attendant then i would tell my sons that if one day there are 20 people like Papa giving that extra .70 cents, this parking uncle could bring more money home and that would make more people happy.
I am sharing this because i overhead a conversation this morning during my usual morning breakfast that someone was complaining that her 14 years old son spent about RM100 odd on phone bills every month no less.
P/S : I am thankful that my next meal is taken care of.........