Being an adult, no one realizes how difficult it is until you actually get there! We emphasis to our kids that they need to get a good education. That it is very important. I have told all my kids that the responsibilities of adulthood are not as fun as it looks. Yes, you can do whatever you want, and a big however, a big part of that is that you actually have to have money to do those fun things. Actually, you have to have money for just the basics and then if you have any left over money you can have fun.
In an effort to have them actually see these I developed a game for my kids, Welcome to Adulthood.
The kids did some research on jobs, take home pays, costs of certain activities. They were shocked that you don't get to take home all your paycheck and the costs of some things.
We discussed what some needs and wants were. We wrote down costs for those items locally. We wrote down how much it is to have a pet and own a car.
Then I gave the kids their paychecks in cash. First they had to purchase the need items. Then they got to the want items. Michelle decided that she will move to an area with mass transportation so she won't need a car. She tried to go without a cell phone but that didn't go well when she missed a call from work.
Periodically I would add wrinkles to their lives. They got sick, had to do car repairs, forgot their moms birthday and many of those other annoyances in life that drain your bank account.
I showed them our bills. Talked about our income and how we got there. Talked about my jobs in college and how I lived broke. How you can do with less, but there is a point where you want to be comfortable.
By the end of the game they were all broke. They didn't make it through the month. They wanted better jobs so that they could make more money. Then they wanted to play again and again. I am in the process of developing a game with cards that they turn over and such. I hope to finish it this week.
I am not sure if it will change their opinion of school and their education. I do know that it made them realize that their income directly effects what they can afford to do. They also know that they have to pay for water!