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"A Penny at hand is worth a dollar at a distance"

Teens scratch their heads to get a grip of this ancient saying. Mine do. Woohoo! they’re thinking. A coin goes a long way, farther, at the place where we want a coin to multiply.

They say we're outdated with our views. But because our teens ‘know everything’, they’re beginning to dream about becoming "millionaires," so they tell me.

And they know how to get it. And the concept of work seems to motivate them to covet their first dream-million. That's where the saying comes to play about "the penny at hand..." To motivate them to get their first hundred cents, they must do menial jobs to get going.

Would they need special eyes to see the big picture of the 'coin at hand'? And along the way, while it's in the power of their hands, double that coin? There might be questions they are figuring out: “Why is every coin going places with me in to the distant future?” My son says, “to enjoy life.”

Yeah! I was left to lift up my sons’ spirits to keep on dreaming big. I’m all the way with them in choosing to dream and working their way to that dream. A coin, even small, always amount to anything.

I’m beginning to scratch my head. I’m seeing my coins for this blog going very far.

Image Credit » AsADrivenLeaf My Picture Gallery 2015 Photo shoot of an illustration of a children's book.

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MelissaE wrote on January 21, 2015, 7:14 PM

I was talking to my students today about some of my online endeavors, and I tried to stress that no matter what they do, it takes work.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:04 PM

So many young people today simply are NOT raised to understand a work ethic, even though both parents may be hardworking people. Teaching youth to value each coin no matter how small is a very good step to raising a responsible adult.

mustchoice wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:31 AM

That is very true again one bird at hand is better than two in the field.

BarbRad wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:49 AM

I value coins, but I wish I were earning dollars again instead.

scheng1 wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:00 AM

Perhaps you can get them to research on 100 rich people. They will learn frugality and practicality.

valmnz wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:12 PM

When we start out blogging the rewards don't seem very great, but every cent definitely counts in the end. It just takes perseverance

shaggin83 wrote on January 27, 2015, 10:22 PM

I like the image you attached to this post. I like the idea behind this post as well. Every penny adds up and I think its great to teach kids how to earn money and to dream as big as they want to as well. My daughter wants to be an author and my son changes his mind all the time.

Fawkes62 wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:50 PM

I don't think I've heard that saying before, but I've heard the one about the bird in the hand being worth two in the field that was mentioned in the comments. My kids seem to understand that pennies add up, though they have been told we can't afford that enough times to understand that money isn't endless. Hopefully that helps them as they get older.

cheri wrote on February 17, 2015, 7:35 AM

Millions start with coins and we should not underestimate the power of accumulated coins! :)