Daily Archives: July 13, 2014

Teaching Children the Value of Money


My daughter, Sarah, has managed to injure her shoulder and has been in pain lately.  Her daughter, Ingrid, age 4, wanted to do something to help, so she and I opened a little lemonade stand yesterday.  This is how she greeted her customers:

The agreement was that she would do the work that it took to open the stand and that she would save 1/3 of the money earned, give 1/3 of it away and keep 1/3 of it to buy something for herself.

So many parents forget to teach their children the value of money when they are young.  I observed Ingrid thinking about this yesterday, planning which piggy bank she would put her funds into, making plans to buy herself something special, but most importantly, how she could help her mother.  She was most sincere about her intentions, and did not hesitate to discuss this with her customers.  I just sat on the porch and watched her in amazement as she dealt with customer after customer.


I was so impressed by her maturity and the selfless nature of her endeavors.  She wanted to give her mother ALL of her money for chiropractic treatment, but we insisted that she do the 1/3’rds thing.

Ingrid worked so hard throughout the process!  She squeezed the lemons herself while I made the lavender-infused simple syrup to add to the juice.  I did not hear a single complaint from this child!


 It  was unusually hot for a Portland day, but Ings patiently sat at her little station can called out to people as they passed.  I had to make sure she had plenty of water on hand so she wouldn’t get dehydrated.  I could only let her stay out for about half an hour because I didn’t want her to get overheated.

ingrid sipping

 This is a picture of her with her first earned dollar!  I’m going to frame it for her.


There are simply no words to describe how proud I am of this little child.  She knows the meaning of the word, “benevolence” and asked me, “Gams, is it really, really benevolent to do this for my mama?”

 “Yes, Ingrid,” I replied.  “It certainly is!”

She smiled.

Warning! Iams and Eukanuba Have Issued Recalls!

Warning!  Iams and Eukanuba Have Issued Recalls!

Proctor & Gamble has issued a press release regarding a voluntary recall they are performing on select Iams and Eukanuba dry dog & cat foods, due to a possibility of Salmonella contamination. Fortunately, according to P&G, there have not yet been any reports of illness due this contamination.


A dog who has ingested salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea (possibly with blood), fever, and vomiting. Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever and stomach pain. Infected dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian ASAP.

List of Affected Foods



Please protect your pets!  These are both very good dog food brands, but sometimes things happen.   Right?