February 7th, 2012

9 Money Lessons Financial Experts Teach Their Kids

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**Today’s guest post is contributed by LearnVest.**

We go to great lengths to teach our kids about money.

We know the importance of setting them up with savings accounts, introducing them to the idea of charitable giving and teaching them good and bad ways to use credit cards.

Still, we’re always interested in how other people teach their kids good money habits … especially when those people are financial experts.

So we asked a whole bunch: Ranging from LearnVest experts, who are there to help you create a financial plan that works for you any day of the week, to other CFPs® out in the field, to be sure we turned up all of the best tricks for raising financially-savvy children.

Here are the most valuable lessons they’ve put in practice with their own families. Read and learn.

1. You Have to Earn to Spend

I have two college-aged kids and one who is a senior in high school, and I’m really into having them budget. I give them a monthly allowance at college that covers the basics, but they have to earn money to pay for anything extra. I’ve never made them work, but in order to have money to spend, they’ve chosen to … even at McDonald’s. Teaching kids the value of a dollar is important: I’ve also taken my son shopping and when he really wanted a particular shirt, I suggested he buy it himself. Surprise! He didn’t want it as much then. —Cindy Golub, principal with G-Squared Advisory and LearnVest advisor

2. Money Is About Making Choices

Since my daughter is only 4, it’s difficult to teach finance in terms she can understand. She has offered to buy her babysitter a car (it’s going to be red) and a house (she needs more bedrooms). It’s sweet and unselfish, but a little on the impractical side. So now we’re teaching her about waste, and why we buy one thing instead of many when we’re at the store. We instill in her the idea that there are choices to make to live a healthy financial life, rather than “having it all.” —Amy Banker, Director of Client Services at retirement planning firm

3. Delaying Gratification Can Pay Off

We helped our son relate the idea of earning money for doing specific tasks or goals by paying him for extra chores he did around the house. So for example, we would have him scoop dog poop for $0.50 per pile. He got smart and figured out that if he waited a week, then he’d have more to scoop, and he’d get a bigger payout. Gross, but it worked. —Brian Tinker, CFP® with Penniall & Associates

Check out this story for more about how (or whether) to give your kids an allowance.

4. Count Your Blessings (Literally!)

We had some talks with our 3-year-old around Christmas about what Toys for Tots really does, and the fact that he helped make a child’s holiday by donating a toy. My wife put all his gifts on the dining room table to show him just how many he got from his family, and that he should understand how lucky he is, because not every kid out there is as fortunate. —Daniel D’Ordine, CFP® with DDO Advisory Services, LLC

Read the rest of this story over at LearnVest!

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  1. These are very useful tips, one can teach their kids about the importance of saving money.

    William Blake at 1:45 am on May 2, 2013

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