It is crucial that our youth know the basics of achieving financial freedom, but how do you approach teaching them? Fortunately, you’re making financial decisions every day and simply need to include kids and teens in the conversation.
Teaching about smart financial decisions doesn’t have to be a formalized lesson for your family. Experience is often the best teacher. You can give your children that experience by involving them in what you’re doing in a way that makes sense for their age.
For example, a trip to the grocery store is an excellent time for a child of any age to get some practice.
The key with these examples is getting kids to think about a budget and consider how much things cost when making financial decisions.
Many find that talking about finances causes either boredom or anxiety—or perhaps a mix of both. But it doesn’t have to be that way, especially not for you and your kids. Managing your finances wisely is the pathway to buying a new home, going on that vacation you’ve always wanted, or spending a fun night out with loved ones. Of course, it’s important to balance any conversations with the appropriate warnings and precautions, but the goal is to get your kids excited about the possibilities.
If you’re looking for some help in adding fun to the conversation, consider giving our virtual Financial Coach a try. We offer fun and educational activities and readings online – and your kids can choose adventure options that allow them to make smart financial decisions and manage their budgets.
Teaching about financial freedom covers many topics, some of which can get pretty complicated pretty fast. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an expert on everything to start the conversation. But the more you’re willing to touch on the tough stuff, the better foundation your kids will have when they’re forced to confront those things themselves. This could mean discussing 401Ks, taxes, investments, housing costs, and other topics that may seem intimidating on the surface. You can use the resources on our site or visit a branch and chat with one of our financial experts for more help.
Try our 3-minute activity, teens, which covers the following topics.
April is National Financial Literacy Month. Financial literacy includes many different financial skills and concepts. To be financially literate simply means having the know-how to make wise decisions with your finances—like managing a budget, borrowing money, paying for insurance, and saving for retirement. Learn more here.
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