8 Steps to Financially Intelligent Parenting

Written by Eileen & Jon Gallo

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Summary There are money moments every day that you can use to teach your children important skills and lessons about life. Is it a good idea to pay for chores or grades? How do you help your child develop a work ethic? How do you structure an allowance to help your child learn to make choices? Why is involving your kids in charity important? Jon and Eileen Gallo, experts about children, psychology and money, provide parents with eight key behaviors to help them raise financially responsible children.

================== ARTICLE START ================== What you say and do about money has a profound influence on your child. There are money moments every day that you can use to teach your children important skills and lessons about life. But what to say or do isn't always obvious. Is it a good idea to pay for chores or grades? How do you help your child develop a work ethic? How do you structure an allowance to help your child learn to make choices? Why is involving your children in charity so important? Jon and Eileen Gallo, experts inrepparttar 150123 fields of children, psychology and money, provide parents with eight key behaviors that will help them raise financially responsible children:

1. Encourage a work ethic Work ethic is a learned behavior, and parents arerepparttar 150124 best models to teach kids to acquire it. If you want your children to work hard and derive meaning and satisfaction from what they do, make sure you are modelingrepparttar 150125 right messages. Insisting your kids do their homework and help aroundrepparttar 150126 house does not guarantee they will grow up with a sense of accountability and a desire to achieve. Developing a work ethic in your child is a holistic process andrepparttar 150127 eight money behaviors of a financially intelligent parent are keys to this process.

2. Get your own money stories straight Because you send your children messages about money allrepparttar 150128 time, it is imperative that both you and your spouse are onrepparttar 150129 same page when it comes to your money stories. A money story is an open, honest and personal story of your relationship with financial issues, especially as you grew up because most people's relationship with money developed during childhood. You need to identify why you feelrepparttar 150130 way you do about money so you can send coherent and consistent messages to your kids. When both parents focus on their money stories, children receive positive messages. Getting your money stories straight does not just mean that you agree on basic issues such as allowances and college savings. It also means that both of you have agreed to identify certain basic money values you want to teach your children, such as giving is good, working hard is its own reward, and you don't always get everything you want.

3. Facilitate financial reflection As with most decisions kids make, when it comes to money decisions they are frequently impulsive. As a financially intelligent parent, you want to teach your children how to think in terms of choices, alternatives and consequences. This is called reflective thinking. Learning how to reflect both before and after making a decision is a great life skill, and one that isrepparttar 150131 hallmark of people who make good choices in everything from careers to relationships to investments. Financially intelligent parents teach their children to evaluate financial consequences based on available choices rather than making impulsive decisions. As a result, children recognize that there are many options available and they acquirerepparttar 150132 skill to make good choices.

4. Become a charitable family By teaching your children that they can do more with money than spend it on themselves, you encourage them to become more compassionate and caring. By participating as a family in volunteer and community activities, you help your children develop empathy and a sense of responsibility to others. Your children will realize they haverepparttar 150133 power to make life better for others. Because children learn through modeling behavior, you have to do more than write a check to charity. You need to show your children what it means to help others. Modeling charitable behaviors, including volunteerism, can jump start your child's empathy and desire to help others.

5. Teach financial literacy Although it is important to teach children how to balance a checkbook and create a budget, to become truly financially literate your children must learn within a context of values and money behaviors. Your children need a combination of concrete examples, their own experiences and financial reflection. If they do not learn to behave responsibly with money as kids, they will have to learn as adults whenrepparttar 150134 cost is much higher. One ofrepparttar 150135 best tools to teach your children financial literacy is an allowance. Approaching allowances in a consistently constructive way allows you to instill decision-making wisdom in your children rather than controlling them. An allowance also helps your children gain a well-balanced perspective about money, encouraging saving, investing and giving, in addition to spending.

6. Awareness ofrepparttar 150136 values you model Your children are tuned in to your purchasing decisions. The ways you spend your money sends messages to your children about your values and life priorities. Children also notice how you spend your time and your actions can unintentionally send messages you did not intend your children to receive. When you miss opportunities to spend time with your children in order to put in extra hours at work or manage your money, you are sending a message that money is more important than family. Financially intelligent parents are highly conscious of their spending habits, as well as how they balance their work and family time, andrepparttar 150137 values they communicate.

7. Moderate extreme money tendencies Extreme money tendencies can evolve into money disorders which cause chaos within your family and sendrepparttar 150138 wrong messages to your children. There are several types of money disorders, ranging from excessive shopping to racking up credit card debt to excessive frugality. Regardless ofrepparttar 150139 disorder, extreme money tendencies cause your children to experience confusion and insecurity in their lives. Financially intelligent parents learn to recognize and moderate extreme money behaviors.

8. Talking aboutrepparttar 150140 tough topics Parents avoid talking about financial topics that make them uncomfortable or that seem too complicated. Although you model good money behaviors in certain ways, unless you compliment these behaviors with good money conversations, you are not being as effective as you could be. Financially intelligent parents recognize teachable times each day that give you and your childrenrepparttar 150141 opportunity to talk about financial issues. You should welcome these opportunities, as difficult as they are, to discuss and reflect on financial decisions.

Succession Planning for families

Written by Mandy Nield

Have you ever thought about what you are going to leave your children when you pass from this earth? Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to be able to give them a really good head start in life – without actually spoiling them?

It really doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s something that you need to be thinking about and planning for now. Inrepparttar process of planning your inheritance and blessing your children, you are really making YOUR life better and more financially secure because you’ll enjoy these benefits before you pass them on. You could really enjoy your retirement instead of having to scrimp and save every dollar.

This planning is even more important if you happen to be a farming family – especially if you have sons or daughters that want to take overrepparttar 150120 farm when you retire. What are you going to do for income when you hand over allrepparttar 150121 assets and farm to your children? You’d be in a unique position if you had enough money inrepparttar 150122 bank to take out enough to live comfortably forrepparttar 150123 rest of your life.

Another consideration is how are you going to make it fair for your other children if 1 getsrepparttar 150124 farm and allrepparttar 150125 assets etc? One possible solution is to makerepparttar 150126 farming child pay outrepparttar 150127 other children so all amounts are equal. This, however, could result in undue financial pressure onrepparttar 150128 farmer. So what is another possible solution?

I strongly believe that a great solution to creating financial security in both retirement, withrepparttar 150129 added bonus of providing a fantastic inheritance for your children, is to invest in positive cash flow real estate.

Some ofrepparttar 150130 main benefits include: 1.Purchasing real estate with a positive cash flow, resulting in more income to live off NOW 2.There is an excellent prospect of capital growth in real estate (so your assets increase in value, approximately double every 7-10 years) 3.Your repayments torepparttar 150131 financial institution will stayrepparttar 150132 same, but your income goes up withrepparttar 150133 CPI or whatever rate you decide inrepparttar 150134 lease. Hence, your income will increase over time without you doing anything, as well as having someone else paying off your loan! 4.If you use a systematic formula to create your wealth, resulting in passive income, then you’ll have a comfortable amount to retire on (assuming you continue to invest and reinvest) 5.If you use a systematic formula, you could end up with multiple properties, all returning a positive cash flow. These can be used to fund your retirement as well as give you something of REAL VALUE to pass on to your children.

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