The benefits of regular family financial meetings

Janice Sabitsana Janice Sabitsana is a registered financial planner of RFP Philippines. To learn more about personal-financial planning, attend the 100th RFP program this March 2023. To inquire, email or text at 0917-V248110.



The Manila Times

Business Times

MONEY can be a tricky topic to discuss in any family, let alone when it comes to making decisions about how to manage finances. But having regular financial meetings with your family is an important part of creating and maintaining a healthy financial future. Family financial meetings provide the opportunity for everyone in the household to get on the same page when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and more. They also form a key part of any strategy for teaching kids about money management. The importance of regular family financial meetings can’t be overstated. Even if everyone in the family is already comfortable with their level of financial literacy, having a regular forum for discussion can help ensure that everyone has all the information they need to make informed choices about their spending and saving habits. It also provides a chance to review both short-term and long-term goals, helping to keep the whole family focused on their objectives. When it comes to how best to conduct these financial meetings, there are some basic steps that should be taken. First, families should set aside regular time for the meeting, such as once a month, so that everyone involved can plan accordingly and feel motivated to attend without feeling like it will take up too much time or energy. During this time, all members of the household should be asked to provide updates on their current income or expenses and share anything unexpected, which could have an impact on future plans. The goal is to review each point together and come up with a plan for moving forward that incorporates each individual’s input into a coherent strategy for achieving goals. In addition, families should use this time for more than just discussing finances; it’s also important that everyone feels comfortable expressing any concerns or questions they may have regarding money matters. This could include topics such as understanding investment options or gaining better control over debt levels; whatever works best for your own situation should be open for discussion during these meetings. By creating an environment where everybody feels able to express themselves openly about money matters, families are not only more likely to develop healthy habits when it comes to managing their finances but also strengthen their relationships with one another in other areas, too including trustworthiness and responsibility toward each other’s needs. Finally, while having these conversations may seem daunting at first, especially if you think your children may not understand what is being discussed, try breaking down complex concepts into simple language they can understand. This will help build their confidence as well as make them more likely to engage in future conversations related to personal finance topics in adulthood. To help build these skill sets further among younger generations, there are now plenty of online resources available ranging from books designed specifically for children all the way through interactive apps. Meaning parents have ready access to all kinds of tools designed specifically aimed at teaching kids about money management from an early age onwards. Regular family financial meetings are vital not only when it comes to establishing sound financial principles within your home but also in building strong relationships between members of the household by providing everyone with the opportunity to express themselves freely about topics related to personal finance in a safe space with trusted individuals around them. Taking a few simple steps like setting aside a fixed amount of time each month to engage every member and offering support when difficult topics arise, introducing resources such as those mentioned above can make the process even smoother. By investing a little effort early on, you’ll find yourself looking forward to the next meeting rather than dreading it, giving your entire family increased clarity and peace of mind in future times of economic uncertainty.