There are zillions of things we need to teach our kids, right? How to dress and eat and tie shoes and brush teeth. And then there are the values we want to instill – like respect, being a good friend, serving others, working hard. Let’s not forget those ABC’s and counting and building projects for school.
Our schools, churches and communities help, but parents really are the No. 1 teachers in most of these categories, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t extend those important discussions into the financial arena as well.
Financial literacy is so important, and can make the difference when it comes to setting your kids up for success or failure when they enter the “real world.” I’m no expert, but I’m trying to talk money with my kids – even at their young ages of 9, 6 and 2.
Since I’m always looking for tips and guidance, I was delighted when I discovered Shannon Ryan and her tool kit of tricks featured at The Heavy Purse. Shannon is a Certified Financial Planner and mother of two young girls. She’s written a series of children’s books to help foster financial discussions with kids, so I’d encourage you to check out her site and/or books if you’re seeking ideas on how to broach the topic of financial education with your family.
I’m guest blogging for Shannon today about some of the quick and simple money chats I’ve had with my own kids, so stop by for a visit and spend some time on her site.
Have you started having finance talks with your children?
Any tips you care to share?