GREEN BAY - A woman from Northeast Wisconsin is making a difference by taking her money smart message to parents.
Jayne Black is on a mission, and her message is that money matters.
"It's my belief that if we pass on good money skills to our children, then they're going to pass them down to their children, and then on and on," said Black of Green Bay.
Black is a mother of six, and this year's reigning Mrs. Wisconsin. For the contest her platform was financial literacy.
Black says too many people lack basic knowledge on dollars and cents.
"Money really is about what values you want to pass down to your kids, so when you think about giving your kids money skills. Think about it as, you're passing money values down to them, what money values do you want them to have," said Black.
Black is the founder of a money smart website, Saving Smart for 5 Generations.
She is also the national spokesperson for a savings fund website.
When it comes to learning about cash, she suggests starting early.
"We need to help our kids understand is that money comes from work. And a way to teach them that is to start giving them an allowance and have them work for that allowance," said Black.
When kids get older, Black says take them to a bank, and help them open a savings account. And when they're in high school, teach them about interest.
"If you're shopping and you're using your check card, explain to your child what you're doing. A lot of children don't understand what are you swiping? It's so easy. It's painless. And it's not painless," said Black.
Black says the number one mistake we do as parents is buy everything a child asks for.
"It's a mistake that we make as grown ups, too. We want it, we should have it. But we need to help our children understand the difference between wanting something and really, truly needing something. And then being patient and waiting for it," said Black.
Black is making a difference in the community, and hoping you can do the same teaching money matters to your kids.
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