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Returning To School

I am sure that many have seen the recent social media posts (rants?) about the costs associated with returning children to school, especially if they happen to go to a public school.

To be honest, I find it surprising that society expects the government to pay all costs.  In many countries there are children who do not have the privilege of education unless their families make huge sacrifices to pay.

In Australia, and we call ourselves "the lucky country" education is 'cheap'.  Perhaps this is why we don't take it more seriously.  If someone chooses to send their child/ren to a private school we accuse them of being rich.  This however, may not be the situation.  Many families who are not 'rich' sacrifice because they believe that education is important and choose to send their children to a private school.

I am not choosing sides about public or private education.  I chose the public education sector and my children have done very well.  I advocate strongly that there is a lot of success in our public schools.  Meeting parents whose children attend private schools has also shown me that there is a great success in this sector as well.

Does public education cost?  Yes.  Why should we have it for nothing?  I used to believe that education should be free.  Well no more.  I have learnt that what is free, people abuse.  

If it costs us a few hundred dollars, or even a couple of thousand dollars to put our kids through public education, what is that compared to helping them set up for their future?

Perhaps we should look at the positives?  If someone is in a situation where they are struggling, come alongside them and help.

We can all help our children.  It may be as simple as giving up a couple of takeaway coffees a week and creating a budget to set aside funds for schooling.  After all, we know that school books, fees (which really are small in the public schooling sector) and uniforms are part of going to school.

Don't blame the government, the schools or society.  We choose to have our children - and in loving them education is a wonderful gift we give them.  After all, we don't want our children to have it tough, or do we?

I am sure that some will react to my 'rant' here.  Please be respectful of others opinions.  Create a conversation by all means, but without belittling others.

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Budgeting...it's a new year

Budgeting.  Most of hear this word and groan. However, it's important to know where we are spending our money.

You come to realise this when life events change suddenly or unexpectedly.  Can you truly live within your means?  Do you really need that extra bag/shoes/coffee?  Can you give up something that really wouldn't make a huge impact in your life if you didn't have it?

Financial security for yourself, for your children?  What about schooling or ....university?!

There is so much information and often it's do this and don't do that.  Whatever your take on budgeting, it's something to seriously look at for both now and in the future.

A few sites to help:

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Living in Far North Queensland in Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world!  I'm happily married with children and enjoy living life everyday.  Life isn't always fun or easy, but it is character building and changing and this makes it exciting.  I don't want to live a boring life - I want to live a life that makes a difference!  How about you?