Imagine, for a moment, that one simple action could almost guarantee that your child grew up debt-free, financially secure and wealthy.
It’s the difference between a poor, naive twentysomething and a rich, confident young adult. And it’ll only take 5 minutes of your time.
The First Step is the Foundation for Everything Else
What if your child…
- Saved a little bit of her allowance each month, because she knew she might need that money later?
- Learned how to invest money and began contributing to an index fund as a teen?
- Borrowed $2,000 less for college each year because he had saved up money to help pay for school?
- Opened up a credit card when she turned 21 and paid it off in full every month?
If your child did all of those things, she could…
- Feel more confident and secure with enough savings in the bank and a growing investment portfolio.
- Save thousands of dollars in debt payments.
- Build an excellent credit history, and buy a car or qualify for a decent mortgage worry-free.
- Take advantage of more options after he graduates from college, regardless of the economy.
Your child could avoid debt, build wealth and live a rich, secure life. It means more opportunities and possibilities.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
The First Step is the Easiest
The first step to raising a millionaire kid is simple:
Talk to your kid about money.
Period. It’s as basic as that. A national survey of parents and kids showed that:
- 85% of kids look to their parents for financial advice.
- Over half of surveyed kids want to know about money from their parents.
- One third of parents avoid talking to their children about money.
Bottom line: Your children want to learn about money. You just have to talk to them.
Every time you talk to your child about money, she’s learning a little more about the real world and how money plays a role. Those conversations build a critical foundation for your child’s financial knowledge. And that means your child has a better chance of growing up into a money-savvy and downright rich adult.
Not sure where to start?
Talk about your financial dreams. Ask your children what they would do with a million dollars. Challenge them to brainstorm 20 different ways to earn $20. Start a conversation at the dinner table about the food sitting in front of you.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or researched. It doesn’t have to be awkward or expose all of your financial weaknesses.
Just be real.
Because no matter how you decide to have this conversation with your child, if you come from a place of love and good intention, it’s hard to go wrong.
Let’s start talking.
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