“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Welcome to Kid Wealth, where kids and parents learn about money.
Everyone agrees that money is important in life. However, most schools simply don’t teach it. If schools aren’t going to teach money, it has to come from somewhere else. I’d be honored if you’d allow me to be your tour guide on your money journey.
If you want your kids to have a life without money worries, Kid Wealth is the place for you.
Hi. I’m Brian MacFarland. I’m 45. I live in Newport, Rhode Island with my wife, two kids (ages 8 and 9), and our dog.
After 20 years of saving and investing, we’ve got enough money that we never need to work again. My wife and I have had good careers that pay very well. My wife is a military pharmacist. With more than 20 years of service, she can retire with a sizable pension. I used to be a software engineer, but I moved on to my second act that’s a mixture of parenting, blogging, dog sitting, and running client relations for a small Silicon Valley start-up.
My father died at an early age – the age I am now. I think that’s why my mother taught me so many financial lessons. Most of them stuck with me. I didn’t know any other kids in high school who owned mutual funds. No one else read Kiplinger’s.
Don’t get me wrong – I made my share of money mistakes. You won’t see me recommending day trading here. Making mistakes is part of any learning experience.
I learned early that financial education makes a tremendous difference – I’ve lived it.
About The Kid Wealth Kids
I’d like to say that the Kid Wealth Kids are your typical 8 and 9-year-old kids. However, that would be a lie. We’ve been in a very fortunate position to give them a huge head start. They go to a tremendous school. They have always had a stay-at-home-father (that’s me) who can usually set his work hours around their need. Their mother works longer hours, but she’s worked from home a majority of the time their entire lives.
Like most kids, they’ve tried a lot of activities. That means they’ve also quit a lot of activities. We are regulars at the karate dojo and Boy Scouts. We’re currently working on downhill snow sports (one does snowboarding and the other does skiing). The older is taking up the drums, while the younger has soccer.
They also fight with each other all the time. They are complete opposites in almost every way. The only thing they can agree on is a love of Pokemon. Even then, they love to disagree about which Pokemon are best. The older one loves fire Pokemon and the younger loves water Pokemon. To keep their privacy a bit, I’m thinking of nicknaming them FireKid and WaterKid here. What do you think?
If you’ve read this far, congrats, you’re ready to take the next step.