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I remember the Paddington Bear money box that my grandmother gave me for Christmas when I was about 6 years old.

Securing your finances as a 5 year old

It provided me with a significant security capability.

My money was safe unless someone could crack the code (Hint: It was ‘4’).

I felt it was enough to secure my valuables from my older sister and her expensive Rowntree Rolos addiction.


A few years later, I hit the jackpot: I made my First Communion.

As an older and wiser person, I knew enough about the world to realise that:

  1. The threat had increased – My valuables were of far more interest to my older sibling, and
  2. My defences were insufficient – Paddington Bear was no match for the threat.

I knew I had to upgrade to a better solution.

Security as an 8 year old

So what?

When we were young and constantly aware of the threat posed by a sibling, we recognised the need to regularly review the threats and our defences.

As adults, do we still regularly review the threats and our defences?

What have we done recently to identify and defend against the threats that we now face?

Is Paddington Bear still a key component of our defences?


PS Yes, I still have both money boxes. However, despite rumours to the contrary, my First Communion money has been spent.