I always chuckle when I hear that one month or another has been granted some special designation. Frankly, there are just too many of these monthlong observances for a devoted calendar keeper to keep up with. A few examples:
January: Stalking Awareness Month
February: Oral Hygiene Awareness Month
March: Hexagonal Awareness Month
April: National Car Care Awareness Month
May: National Correct Posture Month
June: National Homeownership Month
July: Pancake Month
August: National Hair Loss Awareness Month
September: Trucker Appreciation Month
October: National Crime Prevention Month
November: National Novel Writing Month
No monthlong celebrations to be found in December, though a few noteworthy holidays. And, apparently, my children and I have been celebrating July all year long with glassy-eyed fervor. August, I'm watching you.
If financial capability weren't a passion of mine, I'm sure that I'd be just as oblivious to the existence of Financial Capability Month as I was about all these other observances about 10 minutes ago. But I'm quite aware of Financial Capability Month, and so is the State of Washington:
“Financial Capability Month is the perfect time to have financial education conversations – in classrooms and at home,” FEPPP Chair Representative Monica Stonier (D-49th) said. “Even basic personal finance has the potential to change a student’s life, as well as the lives of those they pass their knowledge on to.”
Good on Washington for being aware that this is a thing. It's time to celebrate financial capability. Take a look around you for opportunities to teach your kids something about money. Darlene Martin has some great suggestions for things you can do with your kids at the store.