“Don’t touch that money, it is dirty!”
A caring parent often shouts
And then kids wonder when they’re 30
What their aversion’s all about.
“The money doesn’t grow on trees!”
We’ve heard that once or twice before
It’s there along with “Birds and Bees”
Engrained into our very core.
We’re raised on phrases that inspire
More fear than honor and respect
Some are confusing, some are dire
But all produce the same affect.
How ‘bout the following sensation –
“Money’s the root of all the sin”
This charming, stirring revelation
Can really take one for a spin.
It’s worth “two cents” but “time is money”
However, it “won’t buy you love”
So “make a killing” with it honey
Because it’s “manna from above”…
Kids are confused with our expressions
And then they look at the TV
To find a star in latest fashions
Promoting newest SUV.
We want for them to be successful
Be “worth their weight in gold” someday
But in the meantime, it’s just stressful
And we are getting in the way.
So put your idioms to pasture
Think twice before you let one slip
Kids pay attention to your lectures
Make sure this one’s for them to keep.
Money is money, do not praise it,
Nor put it down in their young eyes
Help them respect it but not chase it
For having it won’t make them wise
It is important but not vital
And you should strive to teach them that
That knowledge will make them entitled
And they won’t have to “pass the hat”.