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Do You Want Your Kids to Know How to Spend Money Wisely?

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Do you want to set your kids up for future financial success? Then start now.

That’s the first rule of introducing your kids to financial education – the sooner you start, the better. Money management is probably the last thing on the minds of most kids – I know this is the case with my “princesas” – but there are steps we can all take as parents to help ensure our children know how to think about money, including the importance of saving it.

So what are the lessons we can give today’s children to prepare them for financial success in the future?

Today’s kids are much more likely to spend than save. Even parents like myself who try to teach my girls about the importance of saving often find our lessons overshadowed by stronger messages that scream to us on a daily basis. Unfortunately, by the time most kids leave home, they know all about spending but very little about saving.

Oh Linden,

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.

Consider some of these statistics

  • Most students devote about one half or more of their earnings to discretionary spending on relatively short-term wants and needs. (Source: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, 2014)
  • Teenagers spend about $100 billion a year, and children under 12 spend $11 billion a year, of their own money. They influence 75%, or approximately $165 billion, of their parents’ money. (Source: Answers.com, 2014)

Sometimes our actions speak louder than words.

Kids are often a reflection of their parents. We live in a world that loves accumulating things. If we are honest with ourselves we all have wasted countless hours comparing and keeping up with the Joneses. As parents, we know in our heart that more is not necessarily better because we have all, at one time or another, looked into the eyes of our child and felted abundantly happy. So If we know happiness can’t be purchased how come some many of us live like we can? And more importantly what message does this send our kids?

Just one of the many reasons I am proud to work at Wells Fargo

One of the many financial education programs that Wells Fargo provides is a site called Hands On Banking. It contains content that is targeted specifically to kids, teens and young adults so as your kids grow they have the right resources to meet their educational needs. As a parent that is continually looking for resources to raise my bilingual kids I’m thrilled to work at a company that knows the importance of offering resources like this not only in English but in Spanish as well.

And the best part, It also includes plenty of resources for adults which helps us parents practice what we preach.

Disclosure: I currently hold a full-time employee position at Wells Fargo however the opinions expressed on this blog are my own and don’t necessary reflect those of my employer.

Bilingual Lola Book & Puppets

As a parent, I am always on the lookout for books and toys that share my values and depict real world scenarios in age appropriate ways. This beautifully illustrated book and puppet set are a great tool for not only raising bilingual children, but for teaching children to never settle, to take the path less traveled and most importantly, that love is color blind.

 

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Meet Lola. She may live on a simple little chicken farm but she is no simple little chicken.

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All the other (simple) chickens squabble and fuss trying to get the attention of the big, bold self-involved rooster.

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Every day, the big bold self-involved rooster picks one of the chickens to sit next to him. An honor for any simple chicken.

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But Lola, didn’t want to sit next to the rooster. She wanted to sit next to someone special-someone who loves her and only her. So Lola decided that the simple chicken farm was too complicated and stepped outside the safety of the fence in search of something more. (BTW – The rooster’s ego was crushed and he learned his lesson)

Lola traveled far and picked her own path declaring, “Now it’s my turn to choose!”

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Meet the fox. This can’t be good, right? Don’t foxes eat chickens? But who is to say that all foxes are bad…

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This Set includes:

  • hardcover bilingual (English/Spanish) Lola Book with 32 pages of beautiful colorful illustrations
  • Lola Puppet
  • Fox Puppet

The Bottom Line:
You definitely can’t find cuter puppets to teach your kids about such love. Your son/daughter (your more human version of the less simple chicken, Lola) will love it! Once you’ve received your book and puppets please comment on this post to let me know how much your kiddos loved it.

Bilingual Board Books (English/Spanish)


One of the goals I have as a parent is to raise my daughter to be multilingual. Since my husband and I primarily speak English I know this is not going to be an easy task. While attending bilingual story and rhyme time at our local library I discovered the following series of books by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza.

These bright, colorful, and engaging books introduce basic words, simple sentences and important concepts to preschoolers. The concepts and language within the books become gradually more challenging in the later volumes.

Although there are many Spanish language books for children, this series has quickly become a key resource in my quest to raise a multilingual child for the following reasons.

Durable
Rounded corners allow for young children to access them independently and since they are board books they are less likely to get ripped or chewed up, allowing them to last several years.

Bilingual
Since they contain both English and Spanish it makes them a valuable resource for both native Spanish and English speakers. This series of books actually uses the Spanish language properly and the translations make sense, which is not always the case with other translated books. I also like that as I read these books to my daughter my Spanish is improving as well.

Award Winning Quality
Not only are these books well written/illustrated they often contain themes of love and self-esteem. This series has won three Latino Literacy Awards, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Award of Excellence at Chicago Book Clinic Book & Media Show, First Place in the International Latino Book Awards, and seven Writer’s Digest Certificate of Merit Awards.

Tools for Proper Pronunciation
At the back of each book there is a page of pronunciations (both English and Spanish) to help the reader learn how to correctly say each word, which is especially beneficial to parents that are not bilingual.

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This Set includes:
The full series of bilingual board books from Gladys Rosa-Mendoza (25 board books). Each of which covers a different topic and become more complex the higher the volume number.

Please remember:
Once you’ve received your books… please comment on this post to let me know how much your kiddos love them.

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