The mission of The Kids Money Project – To encourage parents to teach their children more than basic money management principles and strategies, starting at much younger ages, in order to create a more stable financial future for them.
Hello! My name is Kimberly and I would love to take a few minutes to tell you a little about me and how The Kidz Money Project was born. I grew up with two entrepreneur parents, so I guess it was not a surprise that I followed in those footsteps. I started my first company during the summer to my freshman/sophomore year at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Over the years, I have started other companies, some of which I still own while others I have sold. I have spent the majority of my career working with business owners and CEO in growing their companies and helping them get to the next level.
On a more personal note, I have a wonderful, supportive and very understand husband that puts up with all of my crazy entrepreneurial ideas. We have two adorable fur babies, a precocious Great Pyrenees puppy and an often times stubborn Chocolate lab, both of which keep us very busy. While we do not have children ourselves, we love staying involved in our 6 god-children lives. If we are not working or going to football games or cheerleading, you can probably bet we are traveling or at least planning our next big adventure.
How did The Kids Money Project come about?
I figured out shortly after college that I had a somewhat unique childhood learning experience when it came to money management. I was still pretty naive at that point and just assumed that everyone had learned the same things I had learned while growing up. It was in my early twenties that I started to realize that was not the case. In conversations with my friends, it was quite obviously that we had much different views on money management and investment strategies. It was over the next few years that I started to think about doing something with this information but honestly didn’t have the faintest clue as to where to start.
Sometime in my mid to late twenties I started to think about writing a book, but that meant finding the time for something like that. I was in the middle of building my career and time was just not something I really had to spare. Not to mention, how do you go about writing a book. Sure, I loved to write but this was much different than writing a turn paper for high school or college. However, over the years and with the evolution of the internet, along came blogging. What a great platform! Now I just had to find that time I was talking about earlier.
So, now that I am solidly intrenched in my forties, and still have not done anything with this idea, it was time to figure something out. With 2016 coming to a close fast, I sat down to figure out my 2017 goals (both personally and professionally) and was determined to find the time. I figured even if it were just a few hours a week, that was at least a start.
I want to be straight forward with what this blog is and what it is all about. I am NOT a financial planner and do not present myself to be one. I am NOT selling any financial products though I will mention my own personal opinions about some throughout this blog. I am presenting ideas, principals and mindsets that may help you understand money a bit better and change the way you make some decisions. I am NOT an expert by any means but I think most of you will agree that a lot of this is just plain common sense when you get right down to it.
I hope you enjoy this and please feel free to comment or ask questions. For advice on the specifics of financial planning, I highly suggest seeking out a professional or multiple professionals. I cannot stress enough to please do your research in this area. Ask friends and family for referrals. Do some research yourself on these ideas. You don’t have to become an expert but understand the terms and ideas of what they are talking about. That can help you in making your final decisions, which may change as your life changes.
I am super excited about starting this journey and hope that maybe I can help a few understand their financial future just a bit better.