Below are the most common responses to the question, ‘What money-related conversation do you wish you’d had with your parents but didn’t?
The responses ranged from 'feeling excluded from important money conversations', through to 'parents not valuing the independent futures of daughters like their male siblings', and touched upon often confusing and competing behaviours of parents. The recurring theme was ‘talk about money matters with your children more.’
This unedited list of the most common responses below encapsulates valuable wisdom and insights and reveals frustrations and sadness for missing out on talking more about money matters.
The 30 most compelling responses
- Does it really pay to focus on the cents and let the dollars look after themselves?
- I wish they had taught us to save from a young age, and live beneath our means. They were emotional spenders, and I grew up with poor role models with regards to $$ management.
- I wish my father had talked to me and offered me the same opportunity to get started with a property at 21 as he offered my brother.
- I had an emotional entitled spender for one parent and a secret squirrel saver as the other parent. I had no idea what was going on because they didn't either. Any conversation would have been a start, but they both hid what they did.
- Getting a loan for a business is totally different to a car or house.
- To buy shares as a long term investment
- To think very carefully before getting a credit card. Free money, constant limit increases and living beyond your means in your 20's catching up with you when your massive monthly payment barely covers the interest. I know they can't offer credit increases like they did a decade ago but credit cards are still an enticing prospect for a kid who wants to do everything and go everywhere but earns nothing.
- Good versus bad debt. Just in case fund. How Super works.
- I would have to say I wish my parents had told me I control money, not the other way around
- That you can make money by being true to who you are. That money is not evil. That sharing/giving money to others less fortunate makes it go so much further.
- Sadly I think many girls still don't see their own financial security as their own issue .... but that reflects the gender bias at the time too.
- Do you know what a budget is and how to make it work so that you can get what you want?
- How to budget!
- What does it mean to be 'financially literate'. How to have a sense of abundance irrespective of income. (clue - make more than spend.)
- To always keep an account in your own name.
- Wisdom from a distant cousin - to always keep aside money to dream with. It need not be a massive amount, but he suggested enough to jump on a plane to somewhere exciting. You may never actually do it, but he argued it was very hard to dream when you're living hand to mouth.
- The difference between financial freedom and the concept of being "rich" (vague, undefined, etc)
- Sexually Transmitted Debt
- That it really isn't a smart move to lend your hard earned savings to a friend to help out in their business but if you do draw up a legal contract
- The value of acquiring income-producing, capital growth assets as early as possible to maximise the multiplier effect. My son now has the benefit of learning this 20 years earlier than I did.
- How a financial buffer can reduce stress - considerably. And can give you the confidence to take more calculated risks.
- That, coupled with the fact that girls were not given the same opportunity to acquire property.
- The difference between good debt and bad debt...i.e. that’s it’s okay to borrow money for things that grow in value but not so wise to borrow to buy things that depreciate in value
- How to rock a P&L. How to make money, not save money.
- Always carry your day rate in cash on your person
- Having a high income will not make you wealthy but saving a bit every paycheck over time will give you financial independence
- "Make it work for you rather than you work for money!"
- Understanding the value of compound interest at a young age
- To always have an emergency fund set aside.
- Always have your income insured with Income Protection insurance. Otherwise, you and your family are responsible for the scary numbers.
Where to from here?
We all want to make tomorrow better for those we love and who we’re responsible for. This list of personal insights from business owners should encourage us all to rethink the money habits we’re modelling for our children and those you’re responsible for.