I’m Chris, a dad of 3 girls living in Exeter. After visiting a toy shop with my eldest two, I knew it was time to start talking about money. Watching them dance excitedly in front of every toy that caught their eye and telling me that “this one, this one, this is the one I’d like”, while endearing, is definitely not a pattern I wanted to keep up.
While it’s a strange and foreign concept to those smiling little faces, money is much more real to me as we walk around the shop looking at toy after toy after toy.
It was time to for the money chat. Nothing too heavy, just some conversations to introduce the idea of money and what to do with it. I wanted to be able to talk about money with my girls, bringing them into the decisions, instead of just being the person saying yes or no.
But, what’s the best way to do that? Where do we start? Should we give them pocket money? What should they use it for? Should it be for toys, games, sweets? Or should it be for more functional things too?
It felt like there were a million different questions or ways to get into it. The more I thought about it, the stranger I thought the concept of money must be to my five year old.
So I started the hunt for something simple, visual, and interesting that could help us start talking about money as a family.
When I couldn’t find anything that would really do the job in the UK, I even ordered some one-off sample products from Chinese manufacturers. From that little adventure, I ended up with handful of (very expensive) plastic pieces which had once been a very nice looking, but not very well built, money box.
And that is when I found Moonjar.
Moonjar was launched in the USA on Valentines day in 2002 and set out to help families start Saving, Spending and Sharing conversations with each other. It was exactly what I was looking for.
And so, here we are, 16 years on to the day and we’re fortunate enough to be able to bring Moonjar to the UK.
This little box is sparking money conversations in my house. I hope it will in yours too.