My father taught me how to manage my money. For this, I am grateful. I’m the first to admit, I probably could have paid more attention to the lessons once we got past (1) How to Balance Your Checking Account Using a Pencil and the Grid on the Back of the Statement and (2) The Non-Negotiable Task of Paying Off Your Credit Card Bill Monthly. Though I may not have turned out to be a finance whiz, at least Dad helped me nail down a few basic prerequisites for responsible money management.
Beyond tracking my checkbook balance, my dad has taught me a lot of useful things through the years. Like every father, he has offered lots of advice — in many cases, even good advice. (I’d like to meet the parent who has always given perfect advice to their child – if you have their number, could you send it to me, please?)
Mostly, I’m thankful to my dad – and my mom too – for teaching me how to take care of myself, and for passing on their values, combined and individual, particularly the ones I’ve assimilated into my own. Continue reading