A year or so after I had twins, a 9 year old asked me if I was pregnant (I was not). I remember it clearly. Sometimes a child’s inability to filter what they say can sting and stay with you forever. Most recent, and purely innocent I’m sure: “You have to pay for college yourself?” said to our daughter by a 13 year old as if this young teen honestly didn’t know that not all parents pay for their children’s college education.
NOTE: Names withheld to protect the innocent. 🙂
We live in a semi-affluent area, where many kids do go on to college right after high school. So it’s already a tough subject for us. Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where we can’t afford any extra monthly payments but don’t qualify for grants. I already feel terrible about that so any time the subject is brought up, I get a knot in my stomach.
They should make some sort of financial planning class mandatory in high school (preferably during their senior year) with a strong emphasis on budgeting, living within your means, and the dangers of credit cards.
In any event, it is not unheard of (and most certainly not wrong) for young adults to pay for their own college education. As much as it kills me that we can’t pay for it, I think this is a great lesson in financial responsibility and working for what you want.
I leave you with this unfiltered funny…