Write a Check??? What is that?
Sep. 8, 2011 12:18 pm
Updated: Sep. 18, 2011 8:55 am
Last week I delivered dinner to a family who's mother had just had surgery on her right shoulder. She couldn't lift a thing and could not even write. When it came time to pay me she called her 20 something daughter down
to write the check.
I noticed that this college student didn't actually know how to write a check -
"What goes here? Her name? Do I have to actually write out the amount?"
I was both amused and alarmed. I realized that although I write far fewer checks than I used to - this college student didn't even own checks.
I have been cleaning out old file drawers and ran across a box of unused old checks for an account that has been closed for at least 15 years. I was going to shred them when I got around to it....
An idea was born....
My grandkids spend a lot of time with me. I am going to teach them how to write a check and balance a check book.
The little ones can use whole dollars - the older ones can handle dollars and cents. They will each start off with a set balance -
Snack? That will be $2.00 please write me a check....
You need a ride? That will be $3.89 - please write me a check....
You need me to deliver a forgotten homework assignment - that will be $25 - please write me a check.
They will each have a check register - enter checks, subtract - keep a running balance etc...
I think they will be able to earn "Deposits" by taking out the trash or other chores.
We will see how it goes - I will let you know!