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Teaching Kids About Money to Get the Best Results

teaching kids about moneyA major role of parenting (and one that is often neglected) should be teaching kids about money. For many reasons, parents drop the ball in this area and raise children who carry an improper understanding of money into college and adulthood. Unfortunately, these children then face challenges when they go to seek employment, earn an income and determine how to manage their financial lives.

But what is a parent to do? How do you go about helping kids develop a proper understanding of how to relate to and handle money? It seems like such an overwhelming process, especially for those parents who don’t handle money well themselves.

The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you might think. For starters, what children should learn about money varies depending on their age. A five year old needs to hear different messages from the parents than does a teenager. However, there are three fundamental money lessons that every child needs to learn no matter what the age:

1) to save money for future needs,

2) to spend money wisely and

3) to give generously.

These three principles serve as the foundation upon which other money lessons build. Stick with these and you will see the best results when they are consistently applied over time. Let’s see what that practically looks like.

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Life Insurance: The Most Important Things You Need to Know

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The topic of life insurance is one that many do not like to discuss. The reason is simple - it involves death, most notably our own. And since death routinely shows up on lists of common fears, its obviously something we choose not to think … [Continue reading]

A Soldier’s Pledge – on Freedom, Courage and Sacrifice

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"America is depressing...mixed up...adrift...an afterthought." Have you sensed these messages creeping into American culture and thought in the past few years? Our soldier's pledge to keep our nation great remains strong, but a lack of pride in who … [Continue reading]

Should I Borrow Money to Get What I Want?

There is no denying it. Credit is available everywhere. Our cultures screams “Have It Now!” to us at every turn. "Borrow money now to get what you want!" people say. We expect fast food within 5 minutes or less in the drive-thru.  We want to make … [Continue reading]

More Money More Problems: The 10 Challenges of the Wealthy

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Everyone has money problems, yes, even the wealthy. Nobody likes to hear this though. For one, we get tired of the rich flaunting their wealth. Additionally, we think we'd be OK with some more problems if we could have more money. In general, there … [Continue reading]

The Bribe That Fueled the All-Time Greatest Easter Myth

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Money is at the heart of many cover-ups. Flash enough cash and some people could be encouraged to keep quiet. Make that sum of money big enough and they could even be persuaded to promote lie, even manufacture the greatest Easter myth ever … [Continue reading]

17 Psalms of Comfort for When You Are in the Storm

The storms of life come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, some are literal storms like hurricanes and tornadoes that ravage communities. Others come in physical or emotional illnesses like cancer, viruses, depression or anxiety. And still other … [Continue reading]

5 Practical Ways to Save Money When Renting an Apartment

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Renting an apartment can be quite a challenge. Whether you are moving out of the house for the first time, trying to cut housing expenses, or simply looking for a short-term housing option, there are many things to consider. Perhaps front and center … [Continue reading]

15 Bible Verses About Helping the Poor You Need to Know

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“…For the poor will never cease from the land…” - Deuteronomy 15:11. This is one of many Bible verses about helping the poor, a major theme within the Bible. Jesus famously said in Matthew 22:39, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." This … [Continue reading]

Money Flow: 8 Tips for Getting Paid Faster as a Freelancer

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Have you ever thought about becoming a freelancer? I was for a time, writing blog posts and articles for various websites. I really enjoyed it and and it was quite beneficial.  When you’re just starting out as a freelancer or you’re in business by … [Continue reading]

Give Money and It Shall Be Given Unto You? (Luke 6:38)

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“Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” - Luke 6:38 I’ve spent a lot … [Continue reading]