We've been teaching it to our boys (now 10 and 8) for years... everything they 'have' really belongs to the Lord, he blesses us with many different types of things from money to toys and clothing, to food, shelter, and transportation that we may take care of it, use it and bless others as He would have us do. We've taught them that when they receive a monetary gift, earn money from odd jobs, or receive an allowance, they are to give back to God first, then to their savings fund, and lastly to their spending fund.
I was so excited when I had the opportunity to review the book "Three Cups, A Lesson in Life and Money for Children" by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain. This story is a great and gentle way to introduce the concept of Godly money management, both for parents and for children. The beautiful illustrations are sure to keep children engaged as they learn these important financial principles. The story centers around a 5-year-old boy who receives 'an adventure' for his birthday...imagine his confusion when he opens his gift to find three ordinary old cups-from their own cupboard, no less. His parents then explain to him the adventures would come in time...and they did.
One of my favorite features of this book is the Getting Started Parent's Guide at the end. It takes the principle of the "Three Cups" and breaks it down into 10 easy steps for getting started. I would highly recommend this book for all families with younger children, or even older children... it will be well worth the investment. :)
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