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by Sheena Robinson
With 2018 just around the corner, it is important to start preparing to make some changes in your household and leave some things in 2017. Many people spend December making New Year’s resolutions but once Spring comes, they are back to their old ways. It is common for adults to make our own personal resolutions, but many of us don’t take time to make family resolutions.
As a financial parent, it is important to have a good relationship with your children and set reasonable expectations for their future. I have found over the years, children seem to care more about the quality time parents spend with them than the gifts or money spent. Are you making strides toward building a stronger family bond?
Although it is our goal as financial parents to raise financially successful children, we want to ensure the process of helping our children become financially successful is rewarding. It is important to show your children they truly matter. When they feel they are important, you will be able to have more influence over them.
To help you enter 2018 with a plan to strengthen your relationship with your children and lead them in a positive direction, I have listed five tips below to help you on your journey.
- Set family goals. Determine at least 2 goals each family member wants to accomplish for the new year and help each other remain accountable. Even as adults, we often need an accountability partner. By doing this activity, you make your children feel like they have a voice and that you value their opinion and thoughts.
- Create family affirmations. It is important that you constantly remind your children of the greatness that lies within them. School can be tough at times and certain interactions can cause children to feel inadequate. Speaking a daily affirmation with your children every morning will help improve their confidence and set the tone for their day.
- Plan family time. It is important to set aside quality time with your family. Having a weekly, monthly, or quarterly meeting just to check on everyone and give any family updates is a great way to help keep the line of communication open in the household. It is also a great idea to plan a family vacation. Always have an item or two on the calendar, even if it is months in advance, just so they have something to look forward to.
- Eat at the table more. Make it a priority to eat at the table with your children as much as possible. With each family member going in different directions, this is a great time to find out how everyone’s day went and discuss important topics together.
- Get involved with your child’s education. If you are not currently involved in activities at your child’s school, you should add it to your “to-do” list in 2018. Make it a point to attend any performances, games, or school activities they may have.
When you make family goals a top priority and ahead of your own personal ones, everyone in your household will be on track to becoming successful. As your relationship with your children strengthens, it will be easier to teach them about things they need to know. Being a financial parent is a conscious act of sacrifice that has the ability to provide everlasting rewards for your children’s’ development and growth.
Sheena Robinson, The Financial Parent Consultant, is a certified financial educator, certified life coach, entrepreneur, empowerment speaker and author of Financial Parenthood: The Keys to Raising a Rich Kid. She is the founder of Diva 4 Wealth LLC, an organization dedicated to helping women become more financially savvy. She is also the founder of Financial Parent Academy, a 501(c)3 organization committed to helping parents and children with financial success. To contact Sheena, you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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