Teaching Your Kids How to Set Financial Goals – with Tanya Van Court

Teaching Your Kids to Set Financial Goals

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There’s nothing wrong with having things, liking things and wanting things. Especially when you’re a kid. From our own personal experience though, we’ve found most of our joy in life has been derived from experiences – memorable, fun and rewarding experiences.

In my never-ending quest to give my kids the best life possible, I reached out to Tanya Van Court about the very subject of helping our kids appreciate experiences over things. Tanya is the founder and CEO of a company called Goalsetter. They’ve created an organization that’s helping kids save for the most important moments, experiences and goals in their lives.

About Our Guest:  Tanya Van Court

Tanya Van Court is the founder and CEO of Goalsetter. Prior to launching Goalsetter, she ran preschool and parenting digital products at Nickelodeon, where she led NickJr.com and Noggin.com, along with Nickelodeon’s parenting initiatives.

Tanya Van Court

She was also responsible for launching major consumer products in large media companies, including Optimum Voice at Cablevision and ESPN3 at ESPN.

She was inspired to launch Goalsetter by her daughter, Gabrielle, who said that for her 9th birthday, she hoped to receive enough money to start an investment account and buy a new bike. Instead, she received a “Make Your Own Gum” kit, two weaving looms, a butterfly conservatory (with already-dead butterflies), and a rainbow loom to sit alongside the one she already had.

She has two degrees in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, and three degrees in parenting from her kids Gabrielle, Hendrix, and Maxwell.

What are we covering today?

Tanya and I chat about:

  • How to teach your kids the importance of goals
  • Why she’s encouraging her kids to strive for experiences over more toys
  • How Goalsetter can help parents raise financially savvy children

If you’re a parent with young kids, you’ll really enjoy this fun chat with Tanya. Her experience as a parent and a professional who is working to help our kids succeed is perfect for this podcast.


Money Master of the Week

Instead of a person this week, I wanted to highlight an organization that I’m incredibly fond of.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is an organization that is helping people all around the US make empowered financial decisions to better their lives.

Do you remember the personal finance class you had in high school? Yeah, neither do I. NEFE is working to change that by offering FREE lesson plans for teachers, educators and instructors. Chelsea Norton, NEFE’s Marketing Director, joins us on the show today to tell us all about the program.

NEFE and Chelsea Norton are our Money Masters of the Week!

Learn more about NEFE at NEFE.org.

There, you’ll be able to learn more about NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program mentioned in today’s show.

If you have a financial victory you want to share on this show, please contact me with the details and put “Money Master of the Week” in the subject line. Your story will inspire others to save more, make more and plan for their family’s future.

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Thank you for joining us!

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  • Madlyn from TX
  • Safina and Sheraz from MI (joined our family in person at Salvation Army)
  • Elizabeth from TX
  • Marla from MI

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Carpe Diem Quote

“The greatest gift you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

-Dennis Waitley

What are ways you’re helping your kids learn about money and responsibility?

Please let me know in the comments below!

Author: Andy Hill

Andy Hill, a mid-30’s father of two living in the metro Detroit area, pens the MarriageKidsandMoney.com (MKM) blog taking you through the trials and tribulations of being a young parent and husband who is planning for his family’s future and winning with money.

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