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It’s not About the Money, it’s About the Time

In our Sunday paper, there is a weekly column in the business section written by a father and son called Yoder & Sons.  The senior writer is chief of the Wall Street Journal San Francisco Division, the junior writer is his 14 year old son.

Yesterday’s column tackled the topic of whether son Levi can use his own hard earned money to buy an X-box.  Levi of course arguing the side of why he should be permitted to spend his money as he sees fit.   Dad came down firmly, fairly, and articulately on the negative.

I quote Dad, Steve:

It’s not about the money, it’s about the time. So it doesn’t matter whose money it is: We won’t have an Xbox or PlayStation of Wii in the house.”

I did a double take to re-read the above words at least twice.  I’m not the only parent who is saying a young person’s life is already overloaded with distractions and temptations to waste time!!!!

The author/parent was saying his son didn’t need any more time wasters in their life/home.

All I can say is AMEN. AMEN AMEN.

And I thought I was the only parent who didn’t allow this junk, I mean time waster, in my home.  Enough said.

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3 comments to It’s not About the Money, it’s About the Time

  • This is Great!! I need to show this one to my sons.
    We restrict computer / tv access and you’d think we were the big bad wolf!

    I ditto your amen amen and amen.

  • Carolyn Bolding

    Thank you so much for sending this. Our children are in the bad habit of comparing themselves with the world. Just yesterday I had a very emotional conversation with my 9 year old son about this topic. ( He was the emotional one.) This was such a blessing to share with him this morning. You from Denver area and Mr Yoder from San Francisco was impressive enough for him to believe our standard for wisetime usage is widespread across our nation and we are not alone! Amen!

  • Debbie

    I agree with Steve, also. We don’t have those electronic games in our house either. I agree that there are too many distractions today for kids, as well as grownups. Families are talking less. They are too busy srufing the net, texting, watching movies in the car, and otherwise distracting themselves.

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