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Teaching Your Children About Money
One of the more important things parents should do is teach their children about money. It begins by teaching them to trust God and live according to God’s commandments. God has promised that a child brought up properly will not forget those teachings. I have read that by the time a child is 8 years old 80% of their moral backbone is established. Those early years are so important in training.
So setting the right example and taking your children to church is the start. And when they learn to read the bible, they will learn a lot about money. Radio talk host Dave Ramsey has said many times that there are over 2,000 rules about handling money in the bible. If you have struggled with money today, I urge you to do what my wife and I did and follow his easy 7-step plan to take control of your money.
Here is a link to the book review that has a link to the book. (It is also available for free at your local library.)
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
A simple thing to do with your children is to tie their allowance to doing their chores. This small thing teaches them to get money in life, work and effort is required. Then make them divide their money into savings, spending, and donations. Teaching them while they are young that 10% of all you make is God’s plan and this plan will reward them even in the next life if they know Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Another good thing to teach is to delay gratification for greater things down the road. If they need some neat toy, have them set aside money weekly and make them wait to receive the item until they have enough money. That purchased item will mean so much more to them and they will take better care of it than those just given to them by their parents.
I finished a great book by Michael Yardney named Rich Habits, Poor Habits. He teaches that in order to obtain success we need to have the right mindset. And he urges you to teach your children early to not have limiting beliefs. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right either way.”
So teaching your children that their life is limited by something that is not true limits them for their whole life. Probably you can remember some false teaching you inherited from a teacher or parent that limited you in some way in life. If you had great teachers and parents, they set the bar high and you accomplished a great deal because great things were expected.
Michael Yardney included a list of things we need to teach our children.
12 Things to Teach Your Children
Great book on compounding. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone.
Train your children to have respect for God, people, and their finances. We can learn from everyone we meet if we will take the time.
Check out this great link on Good and Bad Spending Habits at Pen Fed Credit Union.
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Lessons from a Box of Rocks
It is crucial in life to work with a plan. Some folks think they can just start each day and things will just work out. Your day will come and go, but without a clear plan of action, you will not accomplish as much as you could with an organized plan.
In college, I had a great professor who encouraged his students to think outside of the box. He constantly used unconventional methods to teach. One day he came to class with a few boxes of rocks. He said today we are going to use this large box and these rocks to teach some lessons.
He poured the boxes of rocks out on his desk and set one large box on top of the desk. He asked us what we should put in the box first. The little rocks or the big ones? Several students said the small ones, but the majority said to go with the big rocks first. He put those in first and then proceeded to put in the next largest rocks.
The box was almost full. He asked, “Is the box full yet?” Some agreed, and some disagreed. “What should go in next?” he asked. We had 2 more sizes of rocks, some gravel, and some dirt on the desk.
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