Thursday, September 18, 2008

Kids and Money - Why Is It So Hard?

We learn so many things as we grow up. We learn how to walk, talk, and get away with not doing our homework. We learn how to play complicated games, many of them involving pretend money. So, why is it so hard for us to learn how to manage money? Why do so many people struggle to make ends meet, even on reasonably high incomes? Why do so few people manage to provide sufficiently for themselves in retirement? It’s not rocket science. We know what it takes. And there are some people doing it. So why isn’t basic money management as widely understood as basic geometry? Imagine what life would be like if making money came as easily and naturally as riding a bike or tying your shoelaces.

Imagine graduating high school with a permanent, secure, passive income already in place. You wake each the morning to find more money has appeared in your account overnight! If you want to travel, you do. If you want to paint, write, or do any other creative activity, you do. You choose your occupation based on what you love to do, not the burden of having to pay the bills.

You have all the time you need to socialise with your family and friends, to stay in shape, and to practice your spirituality. This world is not a pipe-dream. It’s not unrealistic. The world is alive with opportunity, more so now than ever before, and the opportunity is expanding exponentially. With the right knowledge and attitudes, today’s kids can capture their share of that opportunity, and set themselves up for life. So, why isn’t everyone doing it? Because not everyone’s parents have the right knowledge and attitudes to pass along to their kids. Some of those who have the knowledge and attitudes are still setting themselves up in life, working long hours, and find it difficult to break the knowledge down into terms their kids can understand. What can we do about it? As parents, we need to be conscious that financial education ranks up there with education about nutrition, health, and communication.

We must educate ourselves, so that we can educate our children. There are many places to go on the web to get that vital financial education. There are numerous e-Books, ezine articles, and offline financial publications with an online presence. And, of course, there are dozens of relevant books in your local book store.

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