1. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Introduction
  2. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Making Money
  3. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Budgeting
  4. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Credit and Debt
  5. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Cars and College
  6. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Account Reconciliation
  7. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Investing
  8. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Moving Out
  9. Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens: Conclusion

The teen years – especially the later ones – are a bridge between childhood and adult life. They are the first time children will be exposed to decisions and practices that can have a real effect on their own futures. It’s up to you to introduce them to sound financial management practices at that age to carry them forward.

Of course, it’s an ongoing process: Often a concept is introduced with a simple conversation to a child or tween. Over time kids develop a deeper understanding through those teachable moments, practice and experience.

Your teen (and you!) may have a few "Aha!" moments along the way, where an idea finally makes sense. The more you talk about financial responsibility – modeling good behavior and not being afraid to point out both your successes and failures (e.g., "I have always paid off my card in full each month, but I wish I had thought twice about this purchase…") – the better the opportunity your child will have to become a financially aware and responsible adult. For more information on teaching children financial literacy, be sure to read the other parts of this series, Teaching Financial Literacy to Kids and Teaching Financial Literacy to Tweens.


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