I've shared before about the true VALUE in family meals. In our hurried and overstuffed schedules, we are unable to gather around the table EVERY night, but we treasure the handful of nights that we do!
Occasionally, I grab the chance to make a fun night centered around our family dinner with little surprises, learning lessons, exciting announcements, or a time of sharing together. If you would like to see the details of our traditional FAMILY SHOW N SHARE NIGHT, click here to see photos and read all the good details!
I used this winter cozy family dinner night as a time to teach. It was a kick off to a new educational series of money, investing, and personal finance for our kids! Personal Finance is a skill that our boys will be practicing every.single.day. of their adult lives. I've felt an intense responsibility, as their parent, to find a way to incorporate this teaching into our schedules.
As they ran down the stairs for dinner, they quickly noticed the mysterious kraft paper-wrapped-somethings in the center of the table, along with a stack of books. In the middle of our cups of water, Correlle dishes, S&P shakers, was a stack of FUN in the center of our table.
turkey meatloaf for a cozy winter meal
along with family time to learn
I am so excited to start this financial curriculum with my boys! I have so much to learn as well and I can't wait to make positive changes in our life. There are a few curriculums available to use in teaching children about personal finance and simple economics. I chose Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr. (again, this is not a sponsored post, I'm just sharing our pick!).
In the box...
We have a lesson plan to follow, a commission chore chart system, and budget envelopes for each of the boys.
I also bought Dave Ramsey's financial book series for kids. We kicked off our money lessons with a story on saving. These books teach all the basic and essential values of money in simple and entertaining style for kids.
We did a brief overview over dinner, introducing the kids to this new program.
We will also be incorporating Warren Buffet's program for kids, Secret Millionaires Club to learn investing AFTER we complete the personal finance program.
After the kickoff was complete and our plates cleared, I revealed the mystery underneath the kraft paper wrapped packages. We presented the boys with their own specially framed shares of stock.
We actually bought these shares for the boys when they were toddlers. However, I waited to give them out until now. I wanted them to have an introductory understanding of what investing was, what a share is, and what stock in a company means! Chris has taught the boys some of this through the years and I'll never forget the year Cameron (6 years old at the time), asked for stock in Wal Mart for Christmas!
After I finished showing the boys the Dave Ramsey finance curriculum, Chris talked to them again about shares, stocks, companies, and business. I was part of the eager audience! I have so much to learn. I've always LOVED listening to Chris teach. His voice is so soothing and he explains everything perfectly. (Kinda love that guy a lot) ;)
They were very excited to hang their shares in their rooms! These shares don't have a big financial value, they are simply ONE share. It's the concept that counts. They make super unique gifts too! You can visit OneShare.com to pick a stock of your choice, personalize it, and buy it.
When I chose a company to buy a share of stock in for each child, I tried to find something exciting for kids and fun. Again, I bought these stocks several years ago when the boys were just toddlers.
I also personalized each share at the bottom, tying in the theme of the company with my words. For Cameron, I chose stock in Disney because he was always so full of wonder.
Dakotah's nickname is Kotah Bear, and he has always been our cuddly boy so a bear themed company worked!
These framed shares of stock hang in each of their rooms, hopefully reminding them of how much they're loved, to always work for their dreams, and to be wise with their money.
One of my personal goals is to focus more on using wisdom with each dollar God has blessed us with. It's difficult to change habits, but I am full of hope and anticipation as I embark on new challenges. I want to learn right along beside my kids, so that I can be the best steward of our money and foster a spirit of gratitude for the age of abundance we all live in.
To see other blog posts I've shared in the archives on MONEY, click HERE and enjoy! =)
My favorite blog post on money was one of my very first blog posts called 5 at a Time. This is a unique and easy concept to start saving CASH.
Here are the rules:
1) Use cash for all purchases
2) Never keep a $5 bill
3) Put all $5 bills in a jar
(if you get handed a 5 dollar bill as your change, it goes in the 5 dollar jar. 5 dollar bills NEVER go back in your purse or wallet. You'll be so SURPRISED at how quickly you'll accumulate cash by using this simple method.
If you have any tips for us as we begin this new adventure as a family, pretty please let me know!
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