Category: Parent Conversations

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Alexis Poggio, a Hollywood High School Student

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Dec 10, 2017
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Podcasts, Student Loans, Checking Accounts, Parent Conversations, Employment
Alexis reached out to me via email a few weeks back and wanted to talk money. She had a high school research project that she was working on and had a few questions for me about financial education. Based on the depth of her questions and her resourcefulness in getting sources for her report (this was a first!), I had my own questions. Listen to the podcast to get answers to these and more: Why is she interested in personal finance? How did a personal finance course that she took her junior...

Guest Post: Giving Thanks for Giving in Personal Finance

Nov 21, 2017
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Generosity, Activities, Teaching Strategies, Budgeting, Parent Conversations
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School (De Pere, Wisconsin) for taking a chance on this new project and sharing it with the broader community:  I am excited to share a powerful project that my Personal Finance students recently completed.  Students were introduced to the concepts of charitable donations using the NGPF unit on philanthropy.  They were then assigned The Giving Project in which they were to research a charity that was meaningful to them and create...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Enterprising Educator, Dan LaSalle of Olney High School (Philadelphia, PA)

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Nov 19, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Savings, Parent Conversations, Teaching Strategies, Career
Want a radical approach to teaching financial education? How about creating jobs for your students at school and paying them for their efforts...then standing back and watch how they manage THEIR money. Dan LaSalle, educator at Olney High School in Philadelphia came up with this idea, received a grant to fund it and shares his observations after one year of running the IF (Identity and Finance) Project. His belief: to teach kids about money they need to have money to manage. Listen to the...

Question of the Day: What is the ideal age to get a smartphone?

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Nov 06, 2017
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Question of the Day, Parent Conversations, Purchase Decisions
Answer (from Center for Generational Kinetics): 13 According to young people in the Generation Z cohort (born after 1995)   I became aware of this Gen Z research from the Center for Generational Kinetics at the JumpStart conference in DC this past weekend (thank you JumpStart for an awesome conference!). The engaging speaker, Alicia Rainwater, described generational differences in life philosophy, communications, technology and attitudes toward work and money. She then laid out...

Retailing Trends: Amazon Making It Easier for Young People to Purchase Using Parents' Credit Card

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Oct 25, 2017
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Current Events, Credit Cards, Purchase Decisions, Parent Conversations, Behavioral Finance
From Washington Post (subscription): The company’s newest efforts are aimed at getting shoppers ages 13 to 17 to purchase items on its site — with approval from their parents. Teens can now log into Amazon.com using their own accounts to buy items and stream videos. Their parents, meanwhile, can approve their purchases by text message or set spending limits per order.  From a business perspective, this makes a ton of sense in developing the next generation of shoppers hooked on...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Michael Carter, Founder of Strive for College

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Oct 22, 2017
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Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Paying for College, Student Loans
How can we get more first-generation students to consider college when they don't have parental role models experienced in the process? Michael's non-profit organization has the answer by providing trained mentors to guide and encourage students so they can achieve their college dreams. Listen to Michael's story on how he has built Strive for College from his dorm room at Washington University (St. Louis) to an organization serving tens of thousands of students. Enjoy the journey of this...

What's Trending On the NGPF Blog?

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Oct 12, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Parent Conversations, Career, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Here are some NGPF Blog posts (both old and new) that are trending based on pageviews: How Can My Students/Children Under the Age of 18 Check Their Credit Report? Why Are Soft Skills So Important in the Workplace? Let's Pick A Side Hustle One Strategy To Keep College Costs Down: Graduate in 4 Years! Blog posts categorized as "Parent Conversations" ...

Activity Idea: What Do You Wish You Knew About Money When You Were 18?

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Oct 02, 2017
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Parent Conversations, Personal Finance, Activities, Activity, Current Events, Question of the Day
I am always looking for ways to engage students and their parents (and guardians or grandparents or older relatives) in conversations about money. This activity idea came from this article in FT (subscription) which was written by an intern and titled...yes, you guessed it, "What I Wish I Knew About Money When I Was 18." The intern asked reporters and other financial experts to share their sage advice. Here's a sampling of what they said: "Young people have to understand that they need skills....

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jenny Nicholson, Creator of College Simulation Game, PAYBACK

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Sep 30, 2017
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Paying for College, Student Loans, Career, Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Interactive
I am excited to welcome Jenny Nicholson, Creative Director at McKinney, back to the NGPF podcast (here was our earlier discussion about the game Spent). I have gotten to know Jenny quite well over the past six months as we collaborated on a game called PAYBACK (check out the NY Times article about the game here). The goal of this online simulation is to immerse students into the college experience so they can hone their decision making skills to successfully navigate the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to FitMoney Executive Director, Robin Kahn

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Sep 05, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Parent Conversations, Entrepreneurship
I'm excited to share this conversation that I had recently with Robin Kahn, the executive director at FitMoney.  FitMoney recently celebrated their one year anniversary and Robin shares the progress that has been made at her non-profit as well as how her business career prepared her for this role.  She describes the lessons learned over the past twelve months and the the three core concepts that she integrates into the personal finance curriculum she has developed. Listen to this...

Interactive: Auto Insurance Comparison Shopping

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Jun 29, 2017
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Insurance, Activity, Research, Current Events, Activities, Parent Conversations, Interactive
Hat tip to Talitha Oliveri for pointing out this auto insurance comparison site (we had been looking for one like this for years that didn’t require setting up an account!!!). Your students are required to enter the following information, which will help them understand the factors that impact insurance rates, and they receive actual quotes from leading insurance companies: Car information Type of car Leased vs. financed Purpose of vehicle Miles driven Anti-theft device (yes/no) ...

Podcast: How Can I Use Money Effectively To Promote My Happiness?

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May 26, 2017
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Behavioral Finance, Research, Current Events, Audio Resource, Parent Conversations, Podcasts
I thought you would enjoy this Meg Faber podcast while you were on one of those long summer drives with your family. It could lead to some great conversation too! Lots of thought-provoking wisdom from Elizabeth Dunn, co-author of the 2014 best-seller Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In the podcast, she discusses new research into behavioral finance that she summarizes into five core principles that may make you think differently about how money can “buy” happiness: ...

Question: How Much Does It Cost to Raise A Child Born in 2015?

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Jan 10, 2017
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Budgeting, Research, Current Events, Parent Conversations
Hat tip to Brian Page educator (and podcast guest) at Reading High School (Reading, Ohio) for tipping me off to this USDA Report. Answer (you better thank your parents): $233,610 Full explanation of that figure: The estimated expense to raise a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610 (in 2015 dollars) for a middle-income (before-tax income between $59,200 and $107,400), married-couple family with two children. Oh, but it doesn’t include college costs, per the report:...

NGPF: Tim Talks to Pat Page, Award-Winning Educator and Passionate Advocate for Financial Education

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Nov 29, 2016
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Podcasts, Credit Cards, Schools In News, Current Events, Audio Resource, Excel Activities, Parent Conversations, Entrepreneurship
  Thanks to Pat Page for the great conversation we recently had on the NGPF podcast. Pat shared her insights and expertise on many topics that financial educators will find helpful. You will learn about Pat’s approach to using technology in her classroom, teaching spreadsheets, using pithy phrases to focus student attention and telling stories that bring financial topics to life. You will also hear the inspiring story of how a group of students at her high school lobbied the Rhode Island...

Two Charts That Prove We Need To Teach Financial Aid in HIGH SCHOOL!

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Nov 14, 2016
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Paying for College, Policy, Research, Student Loans, Chart of the Week, Parent Conversations
From GFLEC Policy Brief on Student Loans: To summarize, 54% of students didn’t know the monthly payments associated with the student loans that they were taking out and 53% indicated that would make a change to their decision about taking out loans. High school educators please take this incredible opportunity to educate your students about financial aid and how to pay for college. Ensure that your students don’t regret decisions they made because no one provided them the...

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