Record debt, skyrocketing foreclosures and a large number of people suffering from financial stress – is this your teenagers’ future? It does not have to be. Raising a financially responsible teenager will help them avoid the problems that so many of their peers face today.
In today’s age, it is more important than ever that parents provide their teenage children with the knowledge they need to make in the financial real world. Young people are faced with financial challenges the moment they leave the safety net of home. Financial pitfalls that plague many young adults can be avoided by giving your children practical financial education skills needed for them to achieve financial independence.
Five Tips to Teaching Your Teen Financial Independence
Helping your high school or college age child to achieve financial independence will give them an advantage that they will use every day of their life. Below is a list of the top lessons that will establish a solid foundation to raising a financially responsible teen.
1. Ethics – Developing a high moral character will help your teenager earn more money, be a better job candidate and be an overall good person that people respect. In today’s society being a well respected member of the community will help them gain financial independence. The most wealthy and well-respected people are those with high ethical standards.
2. Communication – The backbone to raising a financially independent teen depends on the ability their ability to communicate effectively. It gives them the power to persuade people and align others with their personal goals, which is fundamental quality to greater earning power. The ability to communicate in the written and spoken word will help them to stand out and increase their chances of promotion. What’s more great communicators are more likely to be leaders within a company or become successful entrepreneurs.
3. Proper mindset—Negativity hinders all things in life and can destroy teenagers chances of achieving financial independence. Teach your children to think with the end goal in mind. Developing a clear picture of the end goal will motivate them and give them the added confidence they need to succeed. Studies show that positive outlooks attract positive events so encourage them to develop a mindset that will help them develop into a happy, well-rounded, financially responsible adult.
4. Passion —Help your teenager to find and follow their passions. Help them to consider how they can turn their passions into a fulfilling career. When your child loves what they do it doesn’t feel like work and they excel at what they do. By understanding your teens dreams you will get to know them on a deeper level plus you’ll be helping them develop a skill that will last a lifetime.
5. Organizational skills — Achieving financial independence at a young age will be aided by having good organizational habits. Lead by example; show your teenage child how having an organized schedule, space, and life will benefit them. Doing so will allow them to reach their fullest earning potential
These five tips lay the ground work to achieving financial independence. Of course additional financial lessons need to be taught to help them handle their money; however helping your teen to have a good head on their shoulders is the critical first step.
Protect your child by giving them the practical financial lessons they need to make it in the real world. Visit www.FinancialEducatorsCouncil.org to receive your Free report “10 tips to Raising Financially Savvy Children”. Also download exclusive videos from Vince Shorb, the founder of the National Youth Financial Educators Council, as he shows you how to give your child the financial advantage needed to make it in the real world.Tweet