Money Management

You Can Guide Your Children in Finding the Financial Help They Need

Most adults can trace the development of their financial lives back to childhood. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau researched more about this topic to determine what the most helpful activities are for children and youth as they learn and grow. This three-article series provides tips for parents of young children, elementary and middle school students, and teenagers and young adults.

Part 3: For parents of teenagers and young adults

The financial world of today isn’t the same world you grew up in. New services and choices are being offered all the time. For your children to navigate the new financial world they’ll face, they need to know when to seek out information and how to evaluate it.

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POSTED: December 17, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , ,

You Show Your Kids What’s a “Normal” Financial Life

Most adults can trace the development of their financial lives back to childhood. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau researched more about this topic to determine what the most helpful activities are for children and youth as they learn and grow. This three-article series provides tips for parents of young children, elementary and middle school students, and teenagers and young adults.

Part 2: For parents of elementary and middle school students

Children take note of how you live your financial life, and they adopt that as the norm for their own lives. Do you regularly check your bank transactions online? Do you drop your bills in a pile without opening them? Do you resist buying the latest gadget and wait till it’s on sale? These are the kinds of actions your kids can easily see and remember.

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POSTED: December 10, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , ,

Kids Learn From You, Whether You’re Teaching Them or Not

Most adults can trace the development of their financial lives back to childhood. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau researched more about this topic to determine what the most helpful activities are for children and youth as they learn and grow. This three-article series provides tips for parents of young children, elementary and middle school students, and teenagers and young adults.

Part 1: For parents with children ages 3 to 5

Children absorb habits and information from their parents and primary caregivers. If you’re like most parents, you believe in helping your kids learn about money. But it can be a difficult subject to talk about, so be on the lookout for opportunities to build a good financial foundation.
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POSTED: December 3, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , ,

Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

April 22 150x150 Financial Literacy: Its Importance in the (Woman’s) Future

By Kathleen Brennan, 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award recipient.

It goes without saying that today’s females have career opportunities that weren’t available to them a century ago.  The statistics are impressive– according to the U.S. Bureau of Census, females make up 60% of college graduates and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that labor participation rates of females have increased from 32% in 1950 to about 57% in 2012. Women have come a long way. The good news is that women have made great strides in breaking the glass ceiling and closing the pay gap; the bad news is that they still lag well behind men in terms of financial literacy. Ignorance in financial matters is particularly concerning since women have unique financial challenges—while many women rely on their husbands “to handle the money”,  the reality is that 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives due to the death of a spouse or divorce (Gender Gap in Financial Literacy 2012). Clearly, a man cannot be a “financial plan”. Read more…

POSTED: April 22, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Putting Personal Finance in Perspective

BrianPage1 Putting Personal Finance in PerspectiveBy Brian Page, Personal Finance and Economics Teacher; Teacher Advisory Chair for the Council of Economic Education.

Our children should be the compass to guide our education policy decisions.

Personal finance is a topic that provides students with the tools and concepts to live a happier life. We know personal wellness is impacted by financial stress. Financial stress causes…

  • sleep deprivation
  • strain in personal relationships with friends and spouses
  • weight gain and further health problems
  • an adverse impact to worker productivity

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POSTED: April 2, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

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