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Money Scripts and Childhood


money scripts come from lessons learned in childhood
❝Every money message we hold on to contains a fatal flaw; it impressions us in an incomplete world.❞ -George Kinder

Anthony is walking home from school. It's cold out, and he's got a long walk ahead of him. Many of his peers get rides from their parents, but Anthony is raised by a single mother, and she's at work. He gets home to his apartment to find a pink piece of paper taped to their door. They're being evicted again. This is the third time that he can remember being evicted. He starts to cry as he instinctively starts to pack his room. A short while later, he hears a knock on the door, and a man in a business suit asks to speak to his mom. Anthony knows who this man is; this is the man who is kicking them out. Upon telling the man that his mom works well into the evening, he watches the man drive away in a convertible. Later that night, his mom tells him that men like that only care about money.


Wendy finds herself making dinner again for her and her two brothers. Her parents are never home. Her mom gets home first, and her dad doesn't get home until late into the evening. It's hard for Wendy to take on this pseudo parenting role, but she understands. Her parents have to make money; they've told her a thousand times. She doesn't even know that other families spend dinner around a table talking about their day. This is just how it is for her. It's exciting when her mom can be home for dinner. It would be even better if both parents could be home for dinner, but she can't even remember the last time that happened. As nice as it is to have her mom home, Wendy feels a little nervous. Mom can't make money if she's here having dinner with us. She wonders if they have enough money.


Samantha is excited to tell her dad about the great day she had at school. She just finished up a science project the night before and presented it today. She did a great job, and everybody congratulated her. Her dad's car pulls up the driveway, but before she can tell him her good news, he runs to the trunk of his c