Try as we may or hope as we like - it is a fact: Financial struggles impact the kids. The biggest problem is we may not know exactly in what way? The outcome of the impact could be positive or negative - and only time will tell.
I know that when our kids were very small, we were very poor. We really didn't realize just how poor until we found out our income was about 10% below the poverty line at the time. We just lived as best we could and created a home on what we had. Those financial struggles had a very positive impact on our kids as they grew. We went through a period of monetary stability and growth for a while even without them realizing a difference.
On the contrary, when we again we faced even more difficult times during their pre-teen and teen years, we saw that some of our actions and some of how they reacted from our struggles as parents seemed to have a more negative affect on the kids.
It's not all about the bottom line when you're struggling.... there is always a ripple effect. Kids often get caught in the current that we create.
It's so hard to get this heartfelt topic across and be transparent in writing - so I hope you'll listen to this radio show that aired last week and get a better feel for what can't quite be shared in a blog post.
Humbly submitted in hopes it will help someone...
About the author and show hostess:
Donna Miller is blessed to be the wife of 28 years with the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law.
She is the hostess of three radio shows: “Surviving on Shoestrings” The Survival Mom Network, “Your Preparation Station” on the Preparedness Radio Network and “Encouragement in the Kitchen”.
She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes & ladies retreats for people to learn hands-on lost skills. She has been a both guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews. She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer.
She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and the Always Ready Store and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine. Through
each endeavor they hope to offer readiness and simple living tips to
spread the message of preparedness through Faith, Family and Fun not
Get to know Donna a little more and pick up some more budget
stretching tips by watching and subscribing to these video channels:
Millers Grain House Video Archives - Real food and ideas on a real tight budget!
Your Preparation Station - Bugging-in - our real life adventure while stretching funds!