Last January 3, Mike accompanied Arielle and Kayla to the bank. It’s been a tradition for us to deposit the cash money that they received as Christmas gifts every start of the new year. This teaches the girls the process of making deposits, makes them familiar with the bank atmosphere, transactions, forms used, procedures, etc. This time, Mike made Arielle and Kayla do the deposit themselves which was via a computer screen first then, the teller. (They said they were no more deposit slips to be used.) Arielle also deposited a cheque to Mike’s account.
The next day, January 4, Mike and I had to go to Manila first thing in the morning. Mike asked Arielle to deposit a cheque to his bank account in another bank. Kayla went with her. Arielle was able to do the transaction without adult supervision. The teller praised her for being able to know what to do and how to do it (She was told that she just missed writing down the branch of the bank. It looks like this bank had a different procedure, this time, with the use of deposit slips).
Making bank deposits is important. It is one of the many life skills we must teach our children, and I have more in my list that I want them to learn and need to teach to them! For those with younger kids, they may not be capable yet to make deposits or withdrawals from the bank, but you can already teach them about money and what the bank does by tagging them along the next time you yourself go to the bank. Make it a mini field trip 🙂 Same with the grocery, bake shop, restaurant, hardware store, repair shop, etc.
I like seeing and meeting kids who show independence and self-reliance at quite a young age, or at least, at their age level. I’m not talking about “being advanced” here. Just being developmentally age-appropriate, perhaps? Essentially, this is also just one way that we make our LEARNING AND SOCIALIZATION REAL.
What life skills have you taught your children and how do you teach it to them?