Despite our resolve to reduce our expenses (see Frugal Club entries), the one thing we chose NOT to reduce, was our family cell phone bill. With 3 teens (well, one pre-teen), at 2 different schools and both of us working full-time jobs downtown in the city, for us it is a priority. All 5 of us have devices. All our devices can text, email, call as well as be tracked via GPS. For my ultra-safety-minded husband, this – being able to track the whereabouts of our children, was a must.
However, what Richard does do, is call our cell phone provider on a regular basis and re-negotiate a better contract. We have been with the company for almost 20 years!! So he will ask for their loyalty and retention department and work them down until he has the best deal. He has the patience and perseverance to be on the phone for 2 hours sometimes hashing out a deal!
Richard and I text each other throughout the day (I am not a phone person). And I text the kids sometimes during the day as well. My oldest daughter had a history test 2nd period, so I just sent a quick text on my lunch hour to see how it went. Yesterday, I retweeted a funny comment and tagged her in the tweet. Within minutes, she had favourited the tweet, and I knew she had gotten it and smiled. We embrace and use the technology for all the good reasons!
Sharing the Household Chores
Right from when our children were babies, we were both working full-time, but both of us wanted to be deeply attached to our children. So we share the responsibilities of maintaining the house almost equally so we both have time left over for our kids. He goes into work at 6am every day, so that he is home when they get home from school. And he cooks dinner every night! He feels I am better suited to help them with their homework in the evening, so he will do laundray or other tasks as needed.
Minimum Weeknight Activities and Sports
As a family, we are all home-bodies and relish our time relaxing at home together, watching or movie or playing games. I realize some kids want to participate in every activity and sport, and we are lucky our kids aren’t that way. It saves us money and allows us to spend more time together as a family. If they do any sports, it’s through school so it doesn’t cost money and usually takes place during school hours. My one daughter with music lessons, takes them at school. And they all do Bible quizzing, and go to Youth at church. For our family, this is a balanced approach that helps us stay connected.
To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.