What do you want your kids to know about money?

This is part 2 about our kids and money. After writing part 1, I was compelled to dust off a money-managing book by Dave Ramsey and continue reading what I started years ago. I remembered seeing his daughter Rachel Cruze speak at a conference. The conference wasn’t about money, but in her session she did speak about kids a money. My note-taking wasn’t stellar that day, but here are Rachel’s points in CAPITALS with my kid-talk thoughts in italics.

BE GIVERS. God doesn’t need my money, but I trust in Him. Side note: I just realized our American currency still says, “In God We Trust.” Tithing at church is a trust thing. It’s a heart issue. As if God is reprimanding folks when they get to heaven for tithing. (He isn’t.) Giving to charity is a heart thing. My most generous friends have this dynamics working in their lives where they just always have, so they always give. I think it’s the other way around, and that’s how God made this world work. 

MONEY COMES FROM WORK. Don’t just give your children things. Teach them the relationship between work and money early in their lives. I’m imagining making my toddler pick up his dirty diapers for cash for fishy crackers at this very moment. I want my kids to shake off  the current label on this generation being “Entitled.” I want them to understand the rewards of diligent work. 

THE BORROWER IS THE SLAVE TO THE LENDER. Debt. That’s my four-letter word. For me, it’s taken decades to finally stop trying to be the exception to the rule. I’ve been a slave far too long. I don’t want my children to go down the same path. 

One my friends, Phil commented on my last post that his daughter has categories for her money: tithing, charity, and fun money. Once again, another proponent of teaching our children to be intentional with their finances. Thanks Phil!

Here’s the link to Rachel Cruze and her section on Kids and Money https://www.rachelcruze.com/topics/category/kids-and-money

Your turn. Chime in. Share your thoughts, and let’s keep this conversation going. Have a great weekend! And by the way, I didn’t impulse buy a few of those wresting masks, but I wanted to.

What do you want your children to know about money?

One of the pastors at my church preached on what the Bible says about personal finances. As each main point dropped like bombs on top of me, I sunk down in my chair realizing how much I need to grow in this area. My wife read my mind at that very moment. As soon as the pastor offered a budgeting workshop to the congregation, my wife registered both of us for the class before the preacher could ask for an “Amen.”

I thought about my children and asked myself the question that I now ask you, “What do you want your children to know about money?” I will list at least 3 thoughts that I believe in and if I haven’t been practicing what I preach, then it starts today. Let’s see if this list sticks after the budget seminar. Here’s what I have for now. This is what I want my kids to know about money.

1. If you can’t afford it, then you really can’t afford it. I think that I have had to learn and re-learn this lesson at least a thousand times. I guess it’s because I have to make this is a proven saying. I remember getting my first credit card from the table in front of the college bookstore. The year was 1986, and I was making $3 and some change per hour at Gemco 20 hours a week. Once I was approved, I made some trips to Disneyland. I also purchased a car stereo and some clothes. It didn’t take me long before I maxed out the credit card in a span of 4 weeks. I want my children to know that much discipline is needed with credit. I want them to know that if you can’t afford it, then you really can’t afford it until you save up for it or decide that it’s not an item or experience you’re not willing to pay for.

2. Have intentions with your money. Who’s guilty of that self-talk, “If I had more money, I’d help out so-an-so,” or “I’d give to that charity if I had money to give.” Me. I’ve said that. I want my children to know that they don’t have to aimlessly spend their money on whatever makes them feel happy. One of my favorite Jewish Proverbs says that a generous soul shall be made rich. I believe that your money should go beyond yourself and the four walls of your home. Helping those in need should be part of their intentions with money.

3. Who’s the boss? I want my children to determine that they are in charge of their money. They aren’t slaves to their money. I don’t agree with the popular saying that money is root of all evil. That is not what they Bible says. Money is good or bad. 1 Timothy  6:10 explains that it is the LOVE of money that sets us in the wrong direction. Our attitude towards money and how we use it is the heart issue that rich people, poor people, and everyone in the middle has to figure out. I want my children to be excellent stewards of their finances.

Money is such a big thing in our lives. It shouldn’t be the biggest thing. It definitely shouldn’t be the one thing that consumes our thoughts. That spot belongs to God. It even says so on our bills and coins. I should get one of those custom printed on my VISA to remind myself.

What are your thoughts? What do you want your children to know about money?