Why Parents Shouldn’t Tie Allowance to Chores – with John Lanza

It’s important to concentrate on our own financial situations, but as parents, we can’t forget to teach our kids the principles of financial literacy as well. These lessons can be taught by instituting an allowance program or chore and reward system.

John Lanza, the author of The Art of Allowance, joins us on the show to talk about how we can develop a system like this. The earlier parents start, the better off their kids will be.

As we start to make progress here, John has a key piece of advice for the parents out there: Don’t pair allowance with chores.

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How to Raise Financially Savvy Kids – with Bill Dwight

One of the reasons I started my podcast was to help my kids (Zoey and Calvin) learn how to become financially savvy. That way, when they get older they’ll not only be able to survive on their own, but they’ll be able to really thrive and take our family tree to the next level.

Zoey is 6 and Calvin is 3. I’ve got a long way to go before they’re off on their own, but I’ve heard it’s never too early to start. According to a survey by NEFE, only 24% of Millennial respondents showed basic financial literacy.  

Since my kiddos are the children of Millennials (Generational Alpha), I’ve been working hard to improve my financial know-how so my kids are NOT lumped into that 24%.

As part my learning process, I asked Bill Dwight to join me on the show today. As a father of 5 and a former Oracle executive, Bill took his passion for software, his love for his children and his desire to promote financial literacy and started a company called FamZoo.

This company offers a prepaid card for kids so they can learn about how money really works. FamZoo’s goal is to bring financial literacy to 40 million American kids through thoughtful parent-moderated payment technology.

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5 Ways I’m Promoting Gender Equality for My Daughter

Audi of America took a bold stance this weekend with a Super Bowl commercial focused on the importance of gender equality.

The :60 spot entitled “Daughter” shows a father watching his daughter in a boxcar race where she’s competing mostly against other young boys. The father contemplates how he’ll teach his daughter that she is worthy and equal in this world despite all of the obstacles, biases and prejudices that exist. In the end, she wins the aggressive boxcar race (of life) and she and her father confidently walk off into the sunset.

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