3 responses to Boxers or Briefs? Aaron Miller on choice in Amish society (part two)
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    OldKat
    Comment on Boxers or Briefs? Aaron Miller on choice in Amish society (part two) (March 11th, 2010 at 18:49)

    I agree with Aaron’s approach to teaching children how to manage money. Similar to what he says they do, from their earliest days we had two large binders with each of our children’s names on one and the label “College Account”. Anytime they earned any money they were allowed to keep half for their own use and they other half went into their respective college account. Of course we added to these accounts monthly, but the kids always knew that half of anything they earned would be held back for the future. When they graduated from high school both were given full control of their college accounts and told “Manage it wisely, BECAUSE THAT IS ALL THERE IS; WE WILL NOT BE PAYING ANY OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPENSES BEYOND WHAT THESE ACCOUNTS CAN BUY YOU”. Guess what? Both managed their accounts wisely, the oldest held onto some of it all the way through her master’s degree. Both also had part time jobs in college, the youngest usually working 2 part time jobs at a time. She is in another state working on a doctorate at a major university. The youngest is at a regional university completing his master’s degree and making plans to pursue a doctorate as well.

    Not that education is the end all, be all for everyone. However, both plan on being university professors and PhD’s are essential to their future. Point is; mom and dad have not put a penny in this deal since either of them graduated from high school, and we didn’t break the bank doing it. The total we invested between the two accounts was less than half of what you pay for a monthly note on an average priced automobile, but we did it EVERY month for 18 years AND each of them knew it. When they started college they didn’t look to mom and dad for cash to pay the ticket, their “college account” savings and their earnings since then have paid their way.

    Now if we could just teach a little fiscal responsibility to our Congress!

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    Mary E
    Comment on Boxers or Briefs? Aaron Miller on choice in Amish society (part two) (March 12th, 2010 at 09:26)

    Oprah had a group of traditional Dominican nuns on her show. in some ways, they are very much like the Amish; they all live in community, they have a dress code, they devote their lives to being a living witness to Jesus, and if you don’t want to follow the rules of the order, you must leave. The one thing almost all the nuns, postulants and novices said, was that by having to deal with less choices, they felt more free to be fully human, more free to live up to their potential. Perhaps the Amish, in their way of life, have tapped into this as well.

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    magdalena
    Comment on Boxers or Briefs? Aaron Miller on choice in Amish society (part two) (March 12th, 2010 at 16:37)

    As a Plain person, I can agree with what Aaron says. Soemtimes it is just easiest to let the community set the guidelines. It saves a lot of small choices having to be made, and certainly frees me from vain choices. (Although my “community” is more historic and crosses church lins, it is still a Plain community.) The community also guides me in making the big choices, such as marriage, type of vocation, how to use our money.Unlimited choice just leads to anxiety. Once we choose to follow Jesus, and choose to follow Him within a set community, we are free to be ourselves.We aren’t trying to buy who we are in a store.

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