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The Allowance Song

Sophie LondonEvery day at FamZoo, we search the web for anything related to teaching kids good money habits using keywords like “chores” and “allowance” — among others. Over the summer, our search turned up a very cool story about a wonderfully talented 18 year old singer-songwriter named Sophie London who had just released her self-titled debut album.

Wow, what a voice. What musical ability. I’m always amazed at the talent these teens can possess — maybe because when I was an aspiring teen musician, my guitar instructor told me after just two weeks of agonizing lessons: “Bill, I think you should find another hobby.” Ouch.

But, how’d Sophie end up in our teaching-kids-about-money search results? Here’s the quote that did it:

I wrote my first song — it was called “The Allowance Song,” because I wanted my allowance and my parents would never give it to me.

OK, now that’s a song I just had to hear!

So, I contacted Sophie to see if she had a copy of the original song lying around. No such luck. Undaunted, I commissioned Sophie to revive the song from her early childhood — and toss in a few new twists. See what you think. Here’s The Allowance Song (Revisited). Listen with the player below (or you can download the mp3 here).

Naturally, I think it’s quite epic. So, I’ve christened it as the official FamZoo theme song.

Here are the lyrics:

Yesterday when we were going shopping

I saw something that I wanted to buy

I reached into my bag for money

And all I found was dust bunnies

All because you forgot to pay me



Allowance is something we have agreed on

Every week I am rewarded for my hard work

The lawn is mowed and my bed is made

And I help out in other ways

But I hate when you forget about pay day



I'm not asking for a lot

Just a buck or two

It comes down to this

Here's a suggestion for you



If I pull my weight

Will you pull yours too?

But we can make this easier

And start using FamZoo, FamZoo



I am growing up and I am learning

How to work with money and be responsible

When to spend and when to save

We're dealing with it every day

So don't forget or it's the price your gonna have to pay



I'm not asking for a lot

Just a buck or two

It comes down to this

Here's a suggestion for you



If I pull my weight

Will you pull yours too?

But we can make this easier

And start using FamZoo, FamZoo



I'm not asking for a lot

Just a buck or two

It comes down to this

Here's a suggestion for you



If I pull my weight

Will you pull yours too?

But we can make this easier

And start using FamZoo.

6 comments:

The College Whisperer aka The Blog Post Author

Great song. Fantastic vocals!

Don't forget about that allowance, Mom and Dad. And remember, no matter the age, SAVE FOR COLLEGE. It's closer than it appears in the rear view mirror! :-)

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Thanks for stopping by and giving a listen "College Whisperer" (like that name :-)

Yes, I think Sophie's vocals are really terrific.

Enjoyed your latest post (and sense of humor) on college cost calculators over on your site: http://www.thecollegewhisperer.com/

ginasmom aka The Blog Post Author

Love the song, but love your site and what you are about even more. Just found you through Jay Sanders blog. Will be looking around some and will spending some time here, since you are addressing a subject that's dear to my heart - Money and Children. Thanks ginasmom (http://ginasmom.com/)

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Gina, thank you for the very nice compliment. I just took a tour around your blog and it looks like a great resource for parents looking for smart ways to teach their kids good money habits.

I enjoyed the tooth fairy post - so glad that you didn't leave an iPad! :-)
http://ginasmom.com/2011/10/25/the-tooth-fairy-and-the-ipad/

Rodney C. Davis aka The Blog Post Author

She's a breath of fresh air, Bill. I love the song, love her voice, and love her artistry on the guitar. Not to mention the theme. I think there are SO MANY families who will benefit from your product. In the competitive world we live in, kids need all the edge we can give them. Learning how to manage one's own personal finances is a skill that I suspect 80% of us don't master during our lifetimes. Learning to do so at an early age is a priceless (pun intended!) gift, and a HUGE edge in life, if there ever was one.

But besides all that, just as a parent in general, succeeding in saving, budgeting, and meeting small goals one step at a time, is an extremely powerful way to give our little people self-confidence while actually learning such a powerful skill. I can't say enough how excited I am about the potential impact on children who are involved with your project from an early age. Its WAY bigger than just the IMPORTANCE of the skill itself.I feel privileged to be associated with such a positive influence.

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Rodney, I really appreciate your nice compliments on Sophie and for your supportive comments about the FamZoo mission. I completely agree that starting early seems to have a really positive impact in forming solid life skills.

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