Our three boys have known from an early age we will NOT be giving them cars on their 16th birthdays. We believe teaching our kids how to make money and save money is a much greater gift. (I'm sure they disagree, but that's why we are the parents and not them!)
And it doesn't help that we live in a very affluent suburb in Dallas/Ft. Worth. According to a Wall Street journal report, the median income in our city is the highest of any U.S. city. Drive through the parking lot of the local high school and you'll see that statistic reflected in the rows of brand-new, shiny vehicles. Seriously, most kids drive better cars than me!
Last summer, as our oldest son, Joshua, was preparing to enter 8th grade, it dawned on him that he was going to be old enough to drive in two short years. And guess what? He had absolutely no money saved up for a car. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Let me also add, we've always told the boys, "Any money you put in the bank and keep in the bank until you turn 16, we will will match...dollar for dollar." Yep, that's a pretty sweet deal! And it's the same deal my parents offered to me when I was a teen. I know you're going to be jealous, but my first car was a 10-year-old, orange Toyota Tercel aptly named, "The Tomato Cruiser." Take a look at it HERE. Uh, huh...I think a little humility does a kid good. (I didn't think it at the time, but that's why they were the parents.)
And because we want to prepare our children for the looming big, bad world and all the challenges "adulting" can bring, while they're still living underneath our roof we're working hard to teach them how to be smart, wise money makers and investors.
How do we teach our children to be wise with money?
We help our kids launch their own businesses.
From collecting and selling fresh mistletoe at Christmastime, to starting a fidget spinner craze at their middle school weeks before the rest of the population caught on (read about it HERE), we are our kids' cheerleaders and mentors helping them dream up and bring to fruition any way that leads them into business success. So when last summer Joshua started getting concerned about his lack of financial savings, we came up with their biggest business to date...
With a small initial investment of $150 to buy 50 plastic flamingoes, secure a domain name, and create signage, our two oldest boys are now full-fledged business owners. You can read about how their business works HERE. Typically, guys don't like the color pink, but our boys know it's turning into a LOT of green for them!
***If you want to keep up with where the flock is landing (or to just support their entrepreneurial spirits) follow Flock Their Yard on Facebook and Instagram. You'll get to enjoy great photos and videos like this one...
And not to be left out, their younger brother, Brody, is getting in on the action THIS Saturday, May 5th, during National Lemonade Day. It's a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business - a lemonade stand. Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city's community-wide Lemonade Day Head over HERE to for more info, to sign up and "brand your stand."
Want more tips on raising children who are wise with their money? Read the post, 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Thrifty, plus watch my boys on Good Morning Texas!
Natalie Reid has been featured on WFAA, NBC5, CBS11, KDFW, KWTX (Waco) and has been speaking to groups for over 10 years on ways to shop smart and save money. As a former broadcaster turned blogger, she’d much rather be in front of a camera and a microphone than sitting behind a keyboard. That means you’ll always find plenty videos to keep you engaged and entertained at ModMomTV.com