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Vanessa Van Petten on May 20, 2010 at 4:16PM

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Visit the bank together

Parents often complain to me that they want to teach their kids about finances and money terms, but they have no idea how to approach them. How do you help your children understand that money can be interesting, relevant and important? Try taking advantage of teachable money moments – those moments when life experiences provide opportunities for you to have a deep discussion with your teen.

Take your teen to the bank with you and introduce her to the tellers. Show her how to fill out a deposit form and wait in line. Talk about the differences between a checking and savings account. Ask her how she would use them to spend and save.

Terms to teach: Checking, savings, deposit, check

 

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