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Ice Cream Day by Sammy Rabbit

Hello friends! 

With summer in full swing, I have been working on a new song called Ice Cream Day. I love ice cream, especially in the summer when it is hot. Here is a rough draft of lyrics to one of the verses:

Ice cream day…ice cream day…you used to be my favorite day … chocolate chip, cookie dough, even love me some rocky road…I should have had a hunch… if I ate too much and spent too much it would hurt a bunch… ice cream day…ice cream day…you used to be my favorite day…until I got carried away!

Sometimes it is easy for me to get carried away, especially when I am having fun and enjoy something. Does that ever happen to you? Spending smart and not over doing things, just like saving money, are great habits. Here a few things smart spenders do and so can you:

1. Smart spenders have a budget. They make a list of what they are going to spend on and how much.
2. Smart spenders compare prices and do research before spending.
3. Smart spenders, when they need to spend, use coupons and buy things on sale.
4. Smart spenders talk to other smart spenders about how to get the most for their money and make their money last as long as possible.

I hope you have a great summer and continue to work toward making your dreams and goals come true. You can do it! Now, go get to it!

Your friend,

 

Learn more about Sammy and his mission to help kids get in the habit of saving money and make dreams come true at www.itsahabit.com

© 2009 The It’s a Habit Company, Inc.

Danger: Spiders! Keeping Kids Safe on the Worldwide Web

 

Your kids won't see who is preying on them, so vigilance is imperative

Singer/Songwriter Melissa Manchester has a famous song titled A Mother and Father’s Prayer in which she sings

Would you please take them under wing

Watch over them especially

Keeping them safe from everything

This is a mother’s prayer

 

The world can seem overwhelming for a parent trying to protect their child.  However, being proactive can bring back a feeling of empowerment.  One danger parents may not always consider is the potential harm lurking on the internet.  It is real and has the potential to devastate lives..

A spider weaves elaborate webs to capture unsuspecting creatures so that they can consume them.  While the worldwide web has transformed our lives and placed enormous amounts of information at our fingertips, the comparison of the perilous aspects of its accessibility to a spider’s web is important.  With the freedom of expression and information comes the risk of harm to adults through online fraud scams discussed elsewhere here and to children through online predators.

How can we instill in our kids a confidence and faith in humanity while still protecting them from harm, and even from themselves?  The worldwide aspect of the web means that no single government is able to restrict what people in other countries can post.  Consequently, those who wish to prey upon innocent victims are able to maneuver with alarming ease and can do a lot of damage.  Here are some general rules families should abide by:

  • Think twice before giving kids, even teens,  personal computers with web access in their bedrooms.  They should only be allowed to go online when adults are present and in a shared space such as the living room.  It should be clear that at any time the child’s internet use could be monitored.  Tracking software and parental controls are available.
  • Kids should not be given internet access on cell phones.  Many parents now choose to give their kids mobile phones for emergency and ease of communication between parent and child, but they should not have unfettered access to the internet.
  • Parents should have frequent, ongoing dialogue about the internet with their kids.  The positive attributes of the web should be balanced with detailed explanations of how predators can operate.  Just as kids are taught not to talk to strangers who approach them in public or take candy from them, they should not talk to strangers online.

           

PFCU CFO Robert Norris says he explained to his son that allowing him unmonitored access to the internet would be like placing a stack of adult magazines in his bedroom and asking him not to look at them, and then shutting the door.  “It isn’t fair to him”, he reasoned.

One huge culprit is file-sharing.  In this, the spider is actually spawning many other spiders and they create more webs at an alarming rate, but they all come back to your computer, bringing more hazards!  People love the concept of being able to connect to computers owned by individuals all over the world and quickly gaining access to music, software, images or documents in which they share an interest with others.  Part of the problem lies in the way file-sharing works.  In many cases, you are literally handing control of your computer over to someone else and allowing them to get into all your files, as well as loading anything they want onto your computer.  They can easily upload something illegal onto your database, whether it’s unlawfully acquired intellectual property or even illegal pornographic material.  Once this material is on your computer, it can quickly be shared with others who are connected to the file-sharing network.  This now makes you a distributor of the shared material in the eyes of the law.  One can see how this can quickly become a recipe for disaster. The best way to steer clear of this kind of trouble is to avoid file-sharing sites altogether. 

An article on Kidshealth.org sites the example of a child searching for ‘Lego” and making a typographical error that the search engine auto-corrects to the word ‘legs’.  Now the child may be hit with a barrage of inappropriate images. 

Parental control settings can be a valuable tool but do not rely on them alone. 

Stay involved in your child’s online experience.   The internet can be a wonderful place if approached correctly.  Stay informed and keep your kids informed so that they make the right choices.

Rest assured that PFCU is doing all we can to keep our members safe online. Check out the Kid’s Privacy Policy on our website.  The safety and well-being of our kids is all of our responsibility.

Lyrics from A Mother’s and Father’s Prayer by Melissa Manchester and Karen Taylor-Good

© Copyright 2004 Song Guru Music/Bug/Windswept Music  Used by permission

Sammy Rabbit Blog: Do You Have the Right Rhythm?

Hello to All My Friends!

It is time to head back to school and I have a question for you – do you have rhythm? According to the dictionary, the word rhythm can mean a typical pattern of movement or an activity in which some action repeats regularly. Now compare that definition to one of my favorite words, habit! The dictionary defines a habit as a pattern of behaving that has become fixed by repeating it often. The definitions are very similar, aren’t they? Basically, a rhythm and a habit are ways of behaving we repeat again, again, and again.  

When it comes to the 3 BIG “S’s,” school, saving and spending, we all have rhythms and habits. Do you know what your rhythms and habits are when it comes to school, saving money and spending money? For example, what is your daily rhythm or habit – do you play or do your homework first? If you are not sure what your rhythm or habits are when it comes to school, saving and spending, you will want to find out. Why? Because, being aware of and picking the right rhythms and habits helps a person achieve their dreams and goals.

Here are two tips to help you with school, saving and spending rhythms and habits:

  1. Keep a journal of how you choose to use your time and money
  2. Review your journal with your mom, dad, teacher and a manager where you save your money. Ask them if you are practicing the right rhythms and habits to achieve your dreams and goals.

 

I know you can do it. Now, go get to it!

Your friend,

   

Learn more about Sammy and his mission to help kids get in the habit of saving money and make dreams come true at www.itsahabit.com

© 2011 The It’s a Habit Company, Inc.

Spending Smart at 6 and 60 – Sammy’s Gold Karat Tip #1

Hello to All My Friends!

The next few months I am going to share some tips with you on how to “spend smart.” I like spending money almost as much as I like saving money to build my future. I like spending money almost as much as I like saving money so I am prepared for emergencies and to make dreams come true. How about you?

Sammy’s Gold Karat Spend Smart Tip #1: when you choose to spend, never, ever, spend more than you have. Do not do it when you are six or sixty!

One good way to not spend more than you have is to break down each dollar you earn or receive and separate it into categories.

Here is an example:

Sample Spending Plan

Saving                   10 cents

Giving                   10 cents

Investing                10 cents

Smart Spending   70 cents

Total                     $1.00

Notice, my plan is to never, ever spend more than seventy cents of every dollar I earn or receive. Why? It is simple. As much as I like to spend, building my future and giving are more important to me than spending everything I have. I think spending seven dimes or less out of every ten dimes I earn or receive is smart. What do you think?  What do your parents think?

Always spend less than you have! I know you can do it. Now, go get to it!

Your friend,

Learn more about Sammy and his mission to help kids get in the habit of saving money and make dreams come true at www.itsahabit.com

© 2011 The It’s a Habit Company, Inc.

The Savings Plan by Sammy Rabbit

The Savings Plan by Sammy Rabbit 

Hello friends!  

It is smart to have a money plan and do all you can to work that plan. It is smart to know where you want your money to go so it gets there and just doesn’t end up anywhere.  That’s what a plan can do – help you put your money where you want to. If you stick to it, you can do it. 

Here are a few things to know about plans: A good plan is in writing. A good plan is clear and easy to understand. A good plan has a start and an end date. A good plan includes small steps. A smart person puts energy, enthusiasm and pep into working each of those steps. A smart person reviews their plan regularly. A smart person gives their plan time to work. A smart person adjusts their plan when they know for sure the plan is not working. 

Anyone can have a plan and smart people do. So should you. You are smart too. You can do it! Now, go get to it! 

Your friend,

 

 PFCU has lots of ways to help kids save.  Check out the Kid’s Club at www.pfcu.org and become one of Sammy’s Pals!

 Make your Savings Plan today!  Download and print your goal setting sheet for free.

  http://www.pfcu.org/site/KidsClubSaving.pdf
 

Learn more about Sammy and his mission to help kids get in the habit of saving money and make dreams come true at www.itsahabit.com

© 2009 The It’s a Habit Company, Inc.