Teaching a Teen to Write a Check

by Michael on Mar 3, 2014 · 2 comments

Picture of a Pen on a Checkbook

Time for a quick story…

This morning, our 16 year old son needed a check written for soccer registration. We were busy getting the other kids ready for school so he offered to write it.

He then asked me for instructions. I told him how to fill out the various fields, including the date, payee, amount (numerical), and the amount in words. This last bit included instructions to add “and 00/100ths” since it was for a round dollar amount.

Sure enough, he did exactly as I instructed. This included writing the following when spelling out the amount of the check:

“Forty five dollars and zero zero hundredths”

Yes, he actually spelled out 00/100 instead of putting it in numerically. :-)

This is just a sign of the times, I guess. By the time I was driving, I knew full well how to write a check. But check-writing is apparently a dying art.


1 Scott March 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

In 2007 I had a college roommate who endorsed on the back instead of signing on the front of the check.

2 Leonard @ The Wallet Doctor March 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I know some college students who are unable to write a check. Even for items which require a check, they just have their bank write one electronically. In the world of debit and credit cards, a lot of people just aren’t learning what was once so basic. Thanks for the post!

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