I’m generally someone who believes that there is an element of happiness that’s truly a state of mind. We can choose to handle our response to different situations, as well as our outlook on things at different times. In terms of money, this means we don’t have to be wealthy to be happy.
We also don’t need to be wealthy in order to spend some money once in a while. Especially, in my opinion, when it involves people who are closest to us. While that’s often our spouse, it can also include kids. Now, I do think it’s important to be careful not to spoil them, and to be sure to teach kids the value of money. The earlier in life they learn lessons and values, the better off they will be when older. Best not to deal with setbacks as your source of knowledge when you can be prepared with the knowledge in advance!
All that being said, as a parent it can be so worth it to occasionally just shell out the money to help facilitate making some memories. This past weekend, I took my daughter to a museum (Science and Industry) here in Chicago for a father-daughter day. Just she and I and nobody else, out for a day to explore and have some fun.
She packed some healthy snacks and a few things to do in the car, and we were on our way. Now, she’s in elementary school, so not surprisingly the snacks and things to do were for her only 🙂 Anyway, once we got in the car, we drove into the city from the suburbs for our day. Had great conversation in the car.
Once we got there, we saw a ton of exhibits. What a great museum, one that I went to as a kid a few times, but it’s truly impressive with very modern exhibits. Many interactive exhibits about weather, space, the human body, farming, and numerous others. It was truly great to see her totally captivated by these exhibits, really getting into learning about different subject areas.
We had lots of conversation, lots of laughs, and just a great time. Afterward, we stopped for dinner somewhere in the city, at a place that I recall my parents taking me when I was a little kid. As good as ever.
Total cost? Well, tickets for admission and one special show cost $43, and parking was $20. With food and gas added, the whole day probably cost about $90.
Inexpensive? No. Worth it? Absolutely! Simply the type of day that’s a blast, warms the heart, and creates memories.
Great reminder to me how time and experiences with those closest to you can be an incredible investment of time and money.
My Questions for You:
Have you ever splurged on a day with family or loved ones? What did you do?
Do you recall any such experiences from childhood where memories were made?