Before getting a lesson in financial literacy with Beth Kobliner we first took a call from Steve in Connecticut. Steve, who is still working, has a 401(k) from an old employer and is looking for a way to minimize the tax hit. Should he pay now or wait until retirement? March 18 JOM Hour One
Now on to our guest in hour two this week...
You will often hear me say that before you worry about the financial future of your kids, you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself first. But that doesn’t take you off the hook for discussing money with your kids.
Think of it as another one of the talks...so now in addition to the sex talk, the drug and alcohol talk, we can add the money talk. All of these conversations must occur at every stage of your child’s development, with age-appropriate messaging that the kids can absorb.
That's why we’re talking to Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You're Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23.
I know there are a lot of you out there listening with kids or thinking about starting a family, wondering how to have such conversations:
- How much debt should we take on for college?
- Should I give my teen a debit or credit card?
- Should I give my child an allowance?
- My kid wants to move back home...should I charge rent?
Those are just some examples and there’s plenty more in the book. Whether you’re a rookie in the parenting game or a veteran, this book will help. As Beth says, “Think of it as a guide for parents that offers the financial facts of life for kids 3 to 23.”
Whether you have kids, are planning on it or know someone with kids, I encourage you to check it out. It’s never too soon to start the money talk with your children.
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