“We are Family” and together Building Stronger Foundations: The Importance of Family Financial Education

Now that you have that song written by Sister Sledge in your head, let’s talk about the importance of family financial education. At AODFCU, we pride ourselves in the fact that we are truly family owned by each member and take family and finances very seriously.

Financial literacy has become an essential life skill and empowering families with the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions is crucial. As individuals, we all have personal financial goals and responsibilities, but understanding the significance of family financial education can have far-reaching benefits.

Let’s explore the importance of financial education as a family unit and provide valuable resources to help your family embark on a journey toward financial well-being.

Strengthening Your Family Unit

Family financial education goes beyond individual financial literacy; it focuses on developing a collective understanding and approach to managing money. By involving every family member, financial discussions become inclusive and transparent, building trust and cooperation. Children who grow up in financially educated households are more likely to develop healthy money habits, such as budgeting, saving, and investing, which will serve them well into adulthood.

Nurturing Financial Literacy in Your Children

One of the primary goals of family financial education is to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to make sound financial decisions in the future. By introducing age-appropriate financial concepts and engaging in discussions about money matters, you can instill a sense of responsibility and financial awareness in your children from an early age. One resource, “Financial Fun at Home for Kids,” provides interactive activities and games that make learning about money engaging and enjoyable for the whole family.

AODFCU also provides accounts to encourage children to be proactive and involved in their money matters. Such as our:

Kids Club – Designed for children from birth to age 6. With an initial deposit of $5, your child can start saving for the future. Benefits include:

  • Dividends paid monthly
  • No withdrawal penalties
  • Quarterly Statements
Rising Star Teen Draft Account: Our Rising Star Teen Draft Account is designed for individuals aged 16-19, which does not require a parent or legal guardian to sign as a joint. Benefits Include:
  • No Service Fee
  • Saves Money and Gives Peace of Mind
  • No Overdraft Protection
  • Free Instant Issue Debit Card

Building Your Financial Resilience 
In an ever-changing economy, you must equip your family with the tools to navigate financial challenges successfully. By educating your family about budgeting, debt management, and emergency savings, you can better weather economic storms and bounce back from setbacks. Through open and honest conversations about financial goals and priorities, you can work together to create a solid financial foundation that can withstand unexpected circumstances.


Financial education is not solely about numbers but about teaching valuable life skills. You can instill essential life skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and delayed gratification by involving your children in decision-making processes, such as setting financial goals, tracking expenses, and saving for desired items. These skills will serve your children well beyond their financial lives and contribute to their personal development.


Adults within the family unit also benefit from ongoing financial education. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers a wide range of resources and tools designed specifically for adult financial education. These resources cover topics such as budgeting, saving, credit management, and retirement planning. By taking advantage of these resources, you can enhance your own financial literacy and serve as positive role models for your children.

Family financial education is a powerful tool that empowers families to make informed financial decisions, improve financial well-being, and build a solid financial future together. Families can navigate the complex financial landscape with confidence and resilience by nurturing financial literacy in children, fostering open conversations about money, and equipping adults with the necessary knowledge and resources.
Start your family’s financial education journey today, using the provided resources, and witness its positive impact on the well-being of your entire household. Remember, financial education is an investment in the future of your family. Reach out to us with any questions. We are here to help.

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