The kids described the difference between a want (like the newest video game) and a need (like shelter), and discussed why waiting and saving money was better than spending it right way. The kids talked about how their parents were saving more and had less money to spend on wants, since their main goal was being able to live in their own home. The kids then wrote down their top priorities, such as family, and their hopes and dreams for the future, including going to college, owning a home, becoming an author or an Olympic swimmer, and playing in the NBA.
The kids ended the session by building herb planters donated by Lowe’s so that they could grow their own herbs at home and be a part of the building process.
This is a pilot for a series Our Towns Habitat hopes to launch this summer on Life Skills with our homebuyers’ kids.