Talk Amongst Yourselves!

Money goals intimidate people! Instead of setting them, we would often rather avoid the whole subject altogether.  Maybe that’s part of the reason why we don’t like talking about our money.  I suspect it may be something else, however.

I think we don’t talk about money because we’re embarrassed.  If I have less money than you, I don’t want you to know it, and on the other hand, if I have more money than you, I don’t want you to know that, either!

But that’s not a sufficient explanation, either, really.  If I’m taller or shorter than you, I am not embarrassed by my height.  Everyone I know knows what kind of car I drive.  It might be nicer or scrappier than yours, but I am not hiding it.

I believe that we are hung up about money because we don’t know how to talk about it!  We don’t know what to say or how to respond if someone else says something about it.  And most of us think it’s not part of our culture for people to talk about money.

Here’s the newsflash—wealthy people DO talk about money with other wealthy people!  Just like healthy people talk about health (“I just found the BEST yoga studio!  I’m so excited!  Do you want to check it out with me?”), well-dressed people talk about clothes (“Did you see the gorgeous clothes they just got in at H & M?”), and well-read people talk about books (“Did you start the new Pulitzer Prize winner yet?  I recommend it!”).  Talking about things that matter to us is GREAT conversation!

Let’s get parents to start talking to each other about great resources for teaching teens about money skills.  Don’t you think EVERYONE would benefit?

What sounds good about this idea?  What might prevent us from that?  I’d love to hear your comments!

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