Guest Blogger Kari Ure, M.S.
USU Extension Assistant Professor
Save money. Build an emergency fund. Prepare for a rainy day. Get out of debt. These are great goals, but i t can be challenging to know how to manage financial resources to make financial progress. Small, consistent changes in money spending can have big results.
KristiLyn Wilkinson, M.S.
Empowering Financial Wellness Program Manager
I think this is one of the most debated topics among financial experts when it comes to teaching children about money, and there are some pretty strong opinions on both sides. The debate stems from two main schools of thought:
1- Allowance should be tied to chores because in the real world you have to work for money and,
2- Allowance should not be tied to chores because children won’t learn to be self-motivated, contributing members of the family if they expect to get paid for everything they do.
If you’ve been here long, you’ve heard us say about 50,000 times that personal finance is PERSONAL. There are often best practices and tricks of the trade to help you be successful, but there is not a one-size fits all that works for everyone- or for every child for that matter. I’m not going to tell you which of these theories is right, because SPOILER ALERT, you can raise money responsible children using either method or by doing a combination of both! What I want to do instead is give you a few things to consider when deciding which approach will work best for your family.
Jerevie Canlas, Ph.D, CFLE
Empowering Financial Wellness Program Coordinator
As a certified family life educator, I’ve been asked one too many times about how to best parent children. And here’s my answer – there is no one answer to that question. Parenting is like cooking a dish using a recipe. The recipe guides you through the steps of cooking a specific dish. If a recipe tells you to braise the meat, you don’t stir it – you leave it alone in the pot. Sure, you can choose to keep peeking and stir. That’s ok – but you might not get the dish the recipe described. The same is true with parenting styles. You can parent however you see fit, and each parenting style will have a variety of behavioral outcomes.
Andrea Schmutz, USU Extension Assistant Professor
Parenting, personal finance, and children. Do you tremble when you hear all three of those topics in the same conversation? It’s okay if your answer is “yes”, in fact you might be part of a large club who feels the same way. Think about it for a second and it makes sense: a) Parenting often receives the description of “hardest job in the world”; b) Personal finance regularly holds a top spot on “the most challenging topic to discuss with others” list; and c) Children make up a complicated audience requiring engaging, creative tactics to keep their attention. What happens when you combine all three? You end up with the hardest job in the world trying to teach the most challenging topic to a complicated audience.
Alicia Nelson Bell, Finance Intern
2021 USU Graduate
A 2020 report from Thriving Wallet states that around 90% of Americans reported experiencing money related stress in 2019 and 2020, which makes it the top contributor to stress in America. It may seem like a no brainer, but this money related stress that so many Americans are experiencing is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. This includes mental, emotional, and physical health as well as our relationships with our friends and family. It boils down to this: the more stressed we are about finances, the less likely we are to make smart money choices.
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