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I’ve been posting Shorts on YouTube related to advertising and how it affects your kids. There will be more this week as well.
If you’re trying to crush debt, you’ll likely be looking for opportunities to earn some cash on the side. So many people waste time by reading articles and watching videos on ways to earn more money. But have you tried the basics? See if your neighbors need lawn care, check with the local pizza place for delivery driver openings, ask friends and family if they know someone hiring for part-time work. Start there and if that doesn’t work, then find some creative jobs. There’s no need to read 100 articles about 100 ways to make money on the side. Take action with what you know.
When your kids are a little older, they should have their own checking accounts. But if you have younger kids, you still need to keep their money separate (i.e. giving, saving, spending). A great free tool to help with that is First Kid Bank. It’s a great way to keep your kids’ money organized and to make payments for the chores they get paid for.
As a servicemember, I always joke around and say, “Low expectations are the key to happiness in the military.” But there is some truth to that in life. You can’t control other people and outside circumstances, so why have high expectations of how it all turns out? If you expect a lot of yourself and little of the world, you’ll live a much more fulfilled and happy life.
I’ve talked about Dallas Willard before and how he is one of my favorite writers and speakers. Dallas was once asked how to have a closer relationship with Jesus and he replied, “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” That led John Mark Comer to write his book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. It’s a great book about becoming spiritually alive.
The school system typically teaches a right and wrong answer for everything. When taking a test, answer C is correct, which means answers A, B, and D are all wrong. You’re wrong if you don’t use the “book answer.” That works for questions with a basic right or wrong answer, but it’s also used for questions that could have multiple solutions. What if we focused more on solving problems and less on being right? If a student finds a solution to a problem—even if they came up with a different solution or came to it by a different way—they could still be right. I understand that 2+2 will never equal 13, but when it comes to which answer is “most correct,” there’s some room to argue, and “most correct” shouldn’t purely be up to the teacher’s discretion. We could teach kids creative problem-solving in more areas than we do. And the conversation of how they come to certain conclusions may be even more important than the conclusions themselves.
If you travel there is a good chance you use Google Maps. Lifehacker has a great article on some helpful Google Maps settings that will help you when abroad and even when trying to find things near you. This is where I got the idea to download the maps of a location when you first arrive because you never know when you’ll lose cell service.
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”
If you could take everything in your life away and then add all the things back one-by-one, what would you choose to add back and what would you leave out?