For this upcoming Father’s Day, I am thinking about my own Father who passed away almost 20 years ago…
I remember many times when I was in college, that he wanted me to take over his Accounting and Law practice and I just wasn’t interested. What did I know, I was only a kid in college… Perhaps, if I had been exposed to different areas of accounting, I may have been more inclined. But, at the time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I went on to graduate from college, and then accepted a full merit scholarship from Syracuse University and graduated with my MBA (just not in Accounting).
My father taught me the value of good grades, hard work, saving money, spending carefully and wisely, getting the best that you can while paying the lowest price (whether for a piece of clothing or for a vacation), the importance of paying bills on time so as not to accrue interest and more which I teach to my own children every day. We play math games in stores (If that shirt is 60% off, how much does it cost and is it still worth it, lol!)
All of the lessons that I was taught, truthfully by both of my parents, have helped me develop a business that has in turn, helped so many others be able to save money on the cost of college.
As a mom now, I understand why my parents went berserk when I was in college and thought that maybe I’d like to major in anthropology (even though I was always a math kid). They were thrilled that ultimately I did not pursue that route. But, I see everyday, parents and their children who change majors multiple times. While it can be frustrating, it’s normal and to be anticipated.
The point is, our children, when in college, and afterwards, will ultimately find their path. Look at me now, when I help people with saving money on the cost of college… I will likely ask you for a copy of your tax return. I think my father must be smiling…
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