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September 12, 2013 / BTM

Book review: Managing Finances God’s Way

Here’s a great example of why we wanted to start going beyond teachable moments.

Just yesterday, The Globe and Mail’s personal finance columnist Rob Carricks featured in a short on-line video discussing how schools needed to improve education around finances to prevent kids from getting into debt.  Carricks says that while there is no ‘personal financial management’ course being offered in high school, teaching about finances is being integrated into related subjects.  He wants to see more of it, so that fewer kids graduate with crippling debt.

But can personal financial responsibility be taught as a subject in school?

I applaud Carricks. He has been coaching his son to get through university debt-free.

But in a way, this defeats Carricks’ argument.  He has been coaching his son to manage money well so that he doesn’t graduate with a stack of debt.  And that’s the point.  Personal financial management needs to be lived, not just taught through a variety of subjects at school.  Parents, not teachers, are the front-line trainers for this.

And we know as Christian parents that we want to train our kids to manage money in line with Biblical principles, not secular ones.

The first topic I tackled with the boys after my husband challenged us to get more proactive with training up our kids was the topic of finances.  I used an excellent resource that we had bought about a year previous to assist me.

heritage money

Heritage Builders Money Matters provides fun, easy, memorable, hands on activities on managing money God’s way.  It covers topics such as stewardship and tithing, contentment and planning, budgeting and investing, debt and credit.  The book provides some age adjustment suggestions to use the activities for older children and teenagers.  We really enjoyed using it, but I have to admit that I altered many of the activities to suit our situation.

I also created some extra activities for topics that I thought the book didn’t cover.  I’ll share some of how I did this and some of the benefits that have come from this training in my next blog.

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