Teach Your Little Owls to Fly With Money Talks

Teach Your Little Owls to Fly With Money Talks

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The first step to teaching your kids about money is talking about money. 

“The most effective way to teach is by having frequent discussions and don’t ever lecture,” said Ted Beck, president and chief executive of the National Endowment for Financial Education, in a recent Wall Street Journal article. “Look for teachable moments and always be willing to answer questions.” 

Unfortunately, this can also be the hardest. 

A 2015 T. Rowe Price survey found that 72% of parents experienced at least some reluctance to talk to their kids about financial matters, and 18% were either very or extremely reluctant. The most common reasons given were that the parents didn’t want them to worry about financial matters or thought they were too young to understand. 

But on his blog, the personal-finance guru and radio host Dave Ramsey encourages parents to be more open with their kids about money, even their failures. Parents’ biggest regrets are often not saving enough or going into too much debt, wrote Ramsey. Being honest about that in an age-appropriate way, he stated, can be a powerful lesson. 

So how to start the talk? 

  • Ask questions. If you’re going out to eat, talk about the price difference between the options, and ask them which they would choose. If they select the more expensive, talk through what you might have to give up later in the week.
  • Make them part of your budgeting. If you’re doing any kind of financial planning for the year, solicit input from your kids. Enlist them in your saving goals—no one watches you more closely than your kids, so they’re natural accountability partners! If you’re uncomfortable revealing too much of your financial picture, you can keep the discussions high level, but involving them makes money less abstract.
  • Open a youth savings account at Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union. This is the best way to help them to learn to save for what they find meaningful in life. A lifetime of good savings habits can start now! Stop in the branch for light refreshments each and every Friday during National Credit Union Youth Month, refer a new member* during the month of April and be entered into a drawing.



* In order to receive an entry into the drawing, the person referred for membership must be eligible to join and must apply online and enter the referring member’s name in the Membership Eligibility field. Any current WGLFCU member may be a referring member. Must be 30 and under to receive an entry. If the referred person is ineligible for membership, an account will not be opened. Contact us for eligibility requirements. Accounts must be in good standing for credits to be processed. $5 minimum balance to open and maintain savings account and to obtain bonus. New account must have activity in April to be entered. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) 0.10%, effective 03/01/2016. Rates are subject to change. Limit 5 referrals per member. Offer valid between 4/1/2017 and 4/30/2017 and may expire at any time. Offer available to original recipient only; not intended for forwarding or sharing. 6 eligible members will win $100 (3 current members/3 new members).

24 Mar, 17