Money hurdles for 2014: Kids need to learn about money

‘Resolve the make your kids more financially savvy than you were’

Motivational quote for your fridge: “Teaching kids sound financial habits at an early age gives all kids the opportunity to be successful when they are an adult.” —Warren Buffett

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Reblogged from Melissa Leong

Pep talk: Sure, we all want our children to be happy. But let’s be honest — what we’d rather be saying is: we all want our children to be rich. Well, you can point them in the right direction. Warren Buffett says his greatest inspiration was his father who taught him about the value of saving. This is your chance to give your kids something better than money. Teach them to fish, so to speak.

Peer support: When Naomi Mesbur’s son, Ciaran, was born, she was in debt.

She had helped fund her first husband’s business and supported them when he became ill. When he died, she had $40,000 worth of debt.

“I don’t want to leave debt for my kid,” the 43-year-old Toronto legal assistant says. “I also want to teach him so that he doesn’t end up in this mess.”

She looks for teachable moments. She talks to Ciaran who is seven, about prices at the grocery store. They play Monopoly. She brings him to dollar stores for treats. “[I tell him,] ‘You can get one thing…but it can’t be more than $1.50.’ So he chooses something and looks at the prices.”

Every week, his school has pizza day. They go to his piggy bank for the money to purchase a $2 slice and a $1 drink. If he wants an extra slice, he can help around the house for more money.

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