Question of the Day: At what age did most parents/guardians teach or plan to teach their children about personal finance?

Sep 09, 2020
Personal Finance, Question of the Day

Answer: Between the ages of 5-10 years old


  • Have you had conversations with your parents/guardians about money? 
    • If yes, what have you discussed? 
  • What can make these conversations easy or difficult to have?
  • Do you plan to discuss what you are learning in this course with a parent or guardian? 

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Marketplace recently had a feature with advice on talking to kids about money (3 minute audio)

Behind the numbers (From Survey: When Parents Plan to Start Teaching Their Kids About Money):

A recent MyBankTracker survey found that an overwhelming majority of parents (82.2%) taught or plan to teach their children about money and personal finance before the age of 18 while most parents (83.8%) want a personal finance class taught in school.


We write about the importance of parent conversations on the NGPF blog. Here's a few posts on the topic


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.