Having the “Money Talk” with Your Kids {Interview}

Having the “Money Talk” with Your Kids {Interview}

It’s a truism of parenting that we all want our children to do better than we did. Parents are never short of free, often unsolicited, advice about all things in their kid’s lives like dating, work and even money. But unfortunately, for many parents the topic of money is taboo – which is an avoidable disservice to our children that can leave them lagging behind, especially when you factor in the societal impact financial illiteracy has on all aspects of our lives.

To help prepare recent grads for the financial realities entering their “adult” lives, Alison Norris, Advice Strategist and Certified Financial Planner at SoFi, a personal finance company, had some great suggests in a recent interview to encourage parents to make the time with their kids for the “money talk” and also make sure they’re “adulting” right:

Check out the entire interview with Alison here: https://youtu.be/NnUtHWgI4ZY

Here are five money goals for your kids, and how you can help them accomplish them:

1. Goal: Establish healthy spending habits. Having the discipline of setting money aside for bigger and better things is a wonderful habit to encourage early on. In order to pay for future goals, young adults need to master the art of delayed gratification today.

2. Goal: Become a good credit risk. Establishing a good credit history helps recent grads become financially credible to lenders when it is time to take out an auto loan, mortgage, or replace expensive debt. Akin to school transcripts, recent grads should know how to improve their credit scores and understand the role credit plays in their lives.

3. Goal: Control student debt before it controls you. Americans default on their student loans every 28 seconds. Together, help your children understand the financial implications of their degree and create a debt repayment plan.

4. Goal: Invest so your money makes money. Investing is one of the best ways to grow your savings and create your financial independence. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood financial topics, one that causes of a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety.

5. Goal: Make a difference with your dollars. Most recent grads are impassioned and unselfish. While they want to change the world, they often lack the capacity to do so. Allocating a percentage of your hard-earned dollars into a giving bucket results in a multiplier effect—where both giver and receiver are benefited.

For more information, go to www.sofi.com


Alison Norris leads the financial advice strategy team at SoFi, a personal finance company. She specializes in helping underserved ambitious young professionals achieve financial clarity, make mindful and informed decisions, and realize their ambitions. She believes financial planning isn’t just about retirement; rather, you should optimize your money so you can achieve your future goals without sacrificing too much today. Prior to joining SoFi, Alison managed $300 million for families living in the Tampa Bay area. She studied philosophy at Duke University, Financial Planning at Georgetown University, and is a Certified Financial Planner.

Interview courtesy of SoFi

Cynthia Tait

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