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3 Steps to Building Money Smart Kid Character

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you today’s guest blogger, LaRon Carter.  He is a former U.S. Marine (OOORAAAH!) and has a HUGE heart for kids.  We’ve become acquainted over social media, Twitter and Facebook, and he brings a very powerful message today for tomorrow’s leaders.  I LOVE how he integrated “Money Smart” into this post…awesome LaRon! Semper Fi, brother!!

Enter LaRon Carter:

One of the first things you can do to help your children learn about making money is to model for them how to make a difference“, says Twitter friend Dave AndersonIn (@DaveAndersonIn).  You ask, “How does that help my child to learn about making money?“

It’s simple, teaching by example to make a difference, starting in areas that interest you most, sets an important standard in your child’s character for learning how to add value to products and services.  And that equals big pay offs.

Step 1: Inspire your children to make a difference.

Once a child grabs hold of an idea at its core there’s an innate ability for them to surpass their peers while they are still young.  How many times have you said, “I wish I had learned that when I was younger.”  Why is that?  We understand that learning success secrets while our natural bend is still supple leverages success a lot quicker and reduces failures.  Inspiring your children to make a difference teaches them that what they have to offer affects people’s lives in ways they can’t even imagine.

Step 2: Teach children to be their best v. out performing others.

Your child will learn early that by being the very best they can be helps them become better performers as they grow.  Eventually your child will develop a natural hunger for being at their individual best verses clobbering their competition.  Before they know it, they are out performing others without consciously competing.  That kind of conditioning leads to peak performance, which carries a premium dollar amount from employers and customers.

Step 3: Catch them doing something right.

Ken Blanchard, co-author of One Minute Manager and Putting the One Minute Manager to Work, teaches parents to catch their children doing something right, even if it’s only partially right.  This character building technique works all around.  If you and your child have a great relationship catching them doing something right continues nurturing self-esteem.  And if you’re relationships are challenged, praising your children repairs their sense of hope to make you happy.  Next time he spends that $100 grandma gave him on video games, let him know you thought it was cool to buy the family pizza, because it really made a difference not having to cook.

Stay focused, stay confident, and bid high on building character.

LaRon Carter is a K12 education behavioral strategist and author of Stop Crying in the Restroom [it ain’t that deep]: A Guide to Your Best Year Teaching With Smart K12 Goal Setting Methods. Follow Carter “The Guest Teacher” on Twitter @laroncarter on Twitter.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by LaRon Carter: 3 Steps to Building Money Smart Kid Character http://goo.gl/fb/CvvBt […]

  2. I appreciate you so much LaRon…perhaps a Money Smart Kid post for you each week./month? We would love it!

  3. LaRon Carter says:

    Sounds like I’m going to work. Maybe I’m the one needing to make a deal. Is there a conflict in Fresh Impact Public Relations representing me? Haha!

    Congratulations, Mr. Sapaula, you deserve all that God is sending your way these days. I’ve watched and listened to you from a distance for nearly two years. You have consistently connected the dots to prosperity from kingdom giving to unapologetically spreading the good news, and this is due season. Man I just hope to reflect some of that shine you got going on, Sir.

    Carter | @laroncarter

  4. Demond says:

    Wow LaRon, Mr. Guest Blogger. Some people talk about it but you are being about it. That’s what I’ve always liked about you. Continue to do great things.

  5. WOW LaRon! Those were some serious words of encouragement my brotha! I thank God for you as well…thx you are an example of excellence even way beyond your Marine Corps days…and still fighting for those that aren’t strong enough to fight for themselves. Praise God for warriors like you!

    Let’s continue to shine together, for the glory of HIS Kingdom!

    @Demond – thx for stopping by too! Ain’t LaRon great? 😀

  6. LaRon Carter says:

    Yo @Demondjackson, Thanks for the love Millionaire. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life like having an old friend drop by to say, “Wazzup” that make all the difference in how we navigate through this space called internet. Thx big brother!

    @matthewsapaula I couldn’t have a finer warrior to battle the enemy of financial despare with. To HIS Kingdom be the glory!

  7. hi wats your myspace page

  8. It’s always a Blessing when you have Faith and act on God’s purpose for your life. These two individuals Be My Guest Teacher- : LaRon Carter & Money Smart Guy – Matthew Sapaula are walking out their dreams and desires to help others by believing God. It takes daily discipline to create these great works of art. These gentlemen are building up others and God will soon reward them for their obedience. Keep up the Good work. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Unselfish behavior reaps great harvest when God is in it.

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