Finance Isn’t Taught in Schools
But We Can Do Something About It
Financial education is up to us as parents, but we often feel unqualified.
80% of U.S. adults say they could use help with financial situations, so how are parents who need help themselves supposed to help their children with financial literacy?
Start with our 5 foundational articles:
- 5 Realistic Ways to Teach Your Children About Finances (Even if You Feel Unqualified)
- 11 Things Every Child Must Know About Money (Before Leaving Home)
- 47 Things You Weren’t Taught in School (That Our Kids Need to Know)
- 8 Crucial Reasons Your Kids Must Start Investing at a Young Age
- Why Finance Isn’t Taught in School (And How to Raise Money-Smart Kids)
We have to prepare our kids to handle thier finances before they leave for college. Unless they’re going for a finance degree, college won’t teach your children about money either.
They could end up with a high income and no clue how to handle it (just look at the typical NFL or NBA player).
All too often, money is a taboo subject. As children, we’re taught to never discuss money, which is why kids know absolutely nothing about their parents’ financial situation. This leads to adults who know nothing about finances in general.
And that’s where most people stop. But it doesn’t have to end there.
You may be a parent who feels inadequate to teach your kids about money, but you’re fully capable.
We can equip our children to win with money.
Who Am I?
My name is Kalen. I’m an author and financial coach, but I wasn’t always money savvy.
My wife and I were $24,000 in consumer debt when she handed the finances over to me. She was stressed out and I wasn’t helping.
I had been raised on credit cards and bad decisions, and it was showing heavily in our finances.
I was in the exact same situation many adults find themselves in. Clueless.
When I finally realized that I was spending more money than we had, I decided to become a serious student of finances.
We worked hard to become debt-free. I followed my dream to join the military.
While climbing out of debt for two years, I read hundreds of finance books and completely changed my perspective. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about money to having a solid plan for leaving a legacy to my children.
Countless finance books, classes, seminars, and a BA in Finance later, I’m successful with my finances. I’ve been blogging and teaching about money since 2013, and then I realized something…
I was spending all my time helping people fix their money problems, instead of going to the root of the issue. That’s when it hit me. If our children knew how to handle their money, we wouldn’t be helping them dig their way out of debt in 10 or 15 years.
I created Freedom Sprout to fill a void. Finance simply isn’t taught.
That’s why I started Freedom Sprout in 2018.
Now, it’s exploding into a new generation of money-smart kids!
A Few of the Places we’ve been featured:
Answers to the Money Questions
Have questions about raising debt-free kids, smartphones, the media, or even saving money on groceries?
Guides to Simple Living
Want to live a simpler life?
Guides to College
Questions about paying for your kids’ college?
Raising Money-Smart Kids
When it comes to raising money-smart kids, I’ve got you covered.
Start with the basics…
Raising Generous, Grateful, Gritty Kids
Want to instill a sense of gratitude, growth, and grit into your kids?
Erasing the Effects of Consumerism
Gratitude and thankfulness must be taught, because our society is focused on consumerism. It’s scary how advertisers are targeting children more and more in their marketing schemes. We’ve got to be prepared for this.
We’ve also created some guides to help children start earning money.
The Future of Freedom Sprout
This is our ultimate goal and vision:
To sprout a future of financial freedom for 1,000,000 children.
We will accomplish this through our children’s finance course, and through our blog.
We are designing a finance course that encompasses all of the financial areas kids need to understand. Don’t worry, it will start with a mini course for parents to get up to speed. There will be videos for adults to teach their children, as well as videos for children themselves.
We’re projecting to publish a book in 2020 that breaks down all of the key ideas on money & mindset — the stuff kids need to know. It’s not just a children’s finance book; it’s a children’s success book.
As long as Freedom Sprout exists, this is our promise to you:
- We will never hinder your reading experience with advertisements
- We will never “up-sell” or “cross-sell” anything to you at any point
- We will never publish low-quality, sponsored content
- We will base our writing on Biblical principles
Freedom Sprout is founded on Christian-based, Biblical teaching. The blog, book, and course are all full of valuable information for anyone, regardless of religious affiliation or beliefs. But I want to be up front. I am a Christian and I use God’s principles for handling money, but you don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate Freedom Sprout.
This is growing and it’s going to be huge. If you’re interested in being part of it, let us know, and we’ll see how you can help. Look forward to the book and the course in the near future! You can stay updated on timelines here.