Episode 65: 3 Money Strategies to Teach Your Kids

We all want our kids to develop healthy money habits. We want them to grow to be financially independent humans. They need to develop the skills to face life’s financial challenges while the consequences are not too costly. But where do we start? Can Taylor Swift help us in our efforts? Is there something to learn from Erik’s gardening hobby?

In this episode of the Stuff About Money podcast, Erik Garcia, CFP®, BFA and Xavier Angel, CFP®, ChFC, CLTC address a common question they receive from their clients, “How do I teach my kid about money?” Listen in as Erik shares his top 3 money strategies for a parent to teach their kids while Xavier offers some practical action steps. May your kids and Erik’s avocado tree be resilient and fruitful.

Episode Highlights:

  • Erik discusses the importance of teaching children about the value of money through rewards and exchanges. (9:43)
  • Erik encourages parents to model healthy financial behaviors and habits for their children, highlighting the importance of effectively aligning actions with advice to teach kids about money management. (16:24)
  • Erik advises parents to approach their children’s spending decisions without judgment, promoting thoughtful spending by encouraging kids to reflect on their purchases and learn from their own experiences with money. (26:05)
  • Xavier discusses teaching children to manage their finances by dividing their income into savings, spending, and special purposes. (28:15)
  • Erik explains the importance of teaching children delayed gratification through saving, emphasizing self-control, and prioritizing financial goals over instant spending. (31:58)
  • Xavier mentions that it’s important for children to manage digital transactions at cashless events, emphasizing the need for budgeting and understanding the value of money to avoid overspending. (36:30)
  • Erik suggests involving children in family financial goals and decisions to help them understand prioritization and the trade-offs involved in saving for specific objectives, such as vacations or college. (41:16)

Key Quotes:

  • “More and more kids, they have these debit cards and it has their name on it, but it’s attached to the parent’s account. I think that is a great way for us to begin teaching children about the value of a dollar.” – Xavier Angel, CFP®, ChFC, CLTC
  • “We constantly need to be reminded of what we should be doing with our money. It’s easy to get distracted, especially in this world where the kids have money to spend.” – Erik Garcia, CFP®, BFA
  • “A very important skill in our culture is to be able to see something and not need to have it immediately.” – Erik Garcia, CFP®, BFA

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About Erik Garcia

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