Cultivating Healthy Families: Helping parents talk to kids about money
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Introduction: Money is a sensitive issue, but an important one. How can churches equip parents to teach their kids to have a healthy relationship with money?
Summary: Money management and stewardship is an incredibly relevant issue for children. Kids are inundated 24/7 with the need to have more “stuff.”
How you spend your money shows what you value.
- “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 ESV
Come alongside parents to teach children to be good stewards with money.
- It’s a topic that’s not talked about much in church, but we need to start talking about it.
- Examples include small-group studies, classes, a series in kids’ church.
- Don’t just teach about money in a negative way—bring out the positive impact that money can have in the Kingdom.
What’s something small that you can do in the next six months to teach about stewardship?
- Teach at special times of year like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
- You can also teach it anytime! Work stewardship into current conversations with kids or into your classroom curriculum.
Keep it practical for kids and parents!
- Use the 10/10/80 rule.
- Tell stories of God doing a lot with a little.
- Tell parents: What you model matters!
- In what ways (at church and in other places) are children in your church currently learning about money?
- Resist the urge to overthink this topic—list five simple ways you can teach the kids’ in your programs about money in the next year.