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Teens and money: The cold, hard truth


Broke people have poor money habits and attitudes.  Wealthy people have great habits and attitudes with money.  It’s not a salary issue.  It’s not a family issue.  It’s not a genetic or personality issue. Habits and attitudes are learned, developed, and practiced over time—both the good ones AND the bad ones. © WealthQuest for Teens, […]

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The path that brought me here


Why do I teach money skills to teens?  It all started, actually, as a way to teach my students to make better grades.  When I talk about improving grades, I can expect my students’ eyes to glaze over almost immediately.  Pencils start to spin around fingers, phones appear in their laps for texting, shoulders slump…you […]

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Keep it casual


When you’re ready to have that important money conversation with your teen, consider doing so in a casual manner. When trying to make an impact and get through to your teen, Stefanie Hamilton suggests keeping it casual, rather than sitting them down for a big talk, which can be intimidating and put pressure on your […]

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WealthQuest for Teens or WealthQuest for Parents?


Teaching your teen great habits and attitudes is a journey of actions, conversations, and choices that accumulate over time.  As we say in the Basic Seminar for Teens, wealth is a journey…it’s a quest!  Being an effective parent in this area is a journey, too…it’s a quest! Like ALL important areas of life, this journey […]

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Not sure if you should buy it? Follow the ‘Now or Later’ rule!


We’re all trying to teach our teens how to spend responsibly (and let’s face it…we’re trying to do this ourselves, all the time!).  This article discusses a simple, realistic way to consider purchases when you or your teen is having difficulty.  Read it here. © WealthQuest for Teens, Ltd., 2011 All rights reserved worldwide.

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Words that matter


Wealth?  Rich?  Are these bad words? Some people are put off by these words.  In my experience, teens are not!  Not because they are greedy or shallow, I think, but because they want to learn life skills that will allow them to be wealthy…I mean, rich…I mean, wealthy.  Yikes!  What’s the politically correct word to […]

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Ready or Not – Teens want to learn!


“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”  -Jack Welch Lots of people believe that the reason parents don’t teach their teens about money is because most parents don’t have a great handle on their OWN finances.  I wonder if parents […]

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How does the economic crisis affect you?


Parenting Teens Network polled their adult board and teen board with an interesting topic:  The economic crisis.  Both generations were asked how it has affected them, and the responses are interesting.  Are they what you expected?  Can you relate? Read the responses to this close-to-home survey by clicking here. © WealthQuest for Teens, Ltd., 2011 […]

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“I just want to be comfortable.”


That’s what I told myself and others when asked about my financial goals and values when I was a teen.  It was a great answer; adults seemed to respond with approving nods. I look back now and understand two powerful problems of my “comfortable” goal.  First of all, I basically made my dream come true.  […]

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Not getting through to your teen? Try JA Finance Park!


YOU understand the importance and need of a budget, but does your teenager?  Are you finding difficult to explain it to her?  Capital One and Junior Achievement came together to solve this problem.  They have created a fun, free online simulation game that teaches your teen how to budget for real-life expenses.  Find out more […]