If money is stressing you out, it is stressing your kids out too. No wonder the rabble rouser and pop stars get a foothold. To your kids, they are above the everyday problems and rebellious enough to make changes. Not to mention, they make their own choices and money.
Here are two simple things you can do to put “influential people” in perspective for the kids.
1) Take your place as the financial influencer by getting your own financial house in order.
If you’re not sure where you’re going wrong, seek help from a professional financial advisor. You cam start by taking a financial IQ test. The help you need is readily available. Share with the family the financial goals and strategies that are being set up. When there is a ‘captain of the ship’ who is in charge, more trust and respect flows from young people.
2) Talk about these influencers with your kids.
Whether or not you agree as to why this influencer is on the list, go beyond the razzle-dazzle of the persona and speak from a business perspective. Celebrities represent business. Entertainment is a business that makes for talk shows, movies, and the mainstream culture. The influencers on the list all learned how to make a career – not just a living. Talk about what they represent – entrepreneurship, creativity and branding. Talk about who buys their stuff and why – concert tickets, clothing items, books and movie deals.
3) Ask your child how they plan to influence the world.
There are more people off the list than on it. Ask your child how she/he plans to change the world. What is the influence they will have, and would like to see. The most empowering thing to do for anyone is to realize that we all have something positive to give.
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