Our son Rob and his lovely wife Jenny are working hard to teach their boys, Brigham and Isaac, about self-reliance. Included in their teachings are lessons about handling money. Rob and Jenny encourage their boys to save their money, for schooling, for missions, for a trip to Disney World. They also allow the boys to spend some money, even when that money is used unwisely.
The other day, Rob related to me how Isaac, five, wanted to buy something at the store. Nothing would do but that he spend $3.00 to buy a toy. Predictably, the following day, the toy broke. "A waste of money," Rob said and sighed. "But maybe he'll learn something."
I'm sure Isaac did learn something, whether he cognized it or not. Lessons learned are never a waste.
So, for today, I am grateful for parents who allow children to make mistakes.