Talk About Money

Some Parents Would Rather Discuss Facts of Life Than Finances With Kids

How to help help start and continue conversations about money or personal finances

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–(Marketwired – May 1, 2015) – A study released today by BMO Harris Bank shows that most Illinois parents would rather have "the talk" with their kids than discuss finances.

To help teachers and parents have financial conversations with their students and children, BMO is sponsoring Talk With Our Kids About Money Day. The program offers a simple way to help children learn more about money and personal finances with 300 Illinois schools participating this year.

Talk With Our Kids About Money Day was created by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) and piloted in Chicago last year. The program encourages parents and teachers to have conversations with youth about money and personal finances. The annual program takes place the last Wednesday in April with a "Home Program" for families and a "School Program" for 7th grade students and teachers. Parents and teachers can visit for free access to current resources and curriculum ideas throughout the year.

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"BMO Harris is here to help parents and teachers start a conversation with our youth about good money habits. The goal of Talk With Our Kids About Money Day is to bridge the information gap and arm youth with the knowledge they need to become more financially confident," said Kelly Harper, Director, Brand Customer Learning, BMO Financial Group.

Highlights of School Program:

  • Easy-to-use lesson plans for teachers on how to incorporate money and finance into social studies, math, science, history, geography, music and art
  • Group discussion and debate ideas
  • Resources and interactive tools for teachers

Highlights of Parent Program:

  • Online access to ideas, activities, stories, resources, tools and videos
  • Discussion starters, interaction information and helpful resources links
  • Support resources organized by childrens' age range

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to bridge the information gap and arm youth with the knowledge they need to become more financially confident

Among Illinois residents surveyed, they would rather talk to their kids about the facts of life than the family's financial situation (69 percent vs 31 percent), indicating a lack of comfort among parents with having the "money" talk.

Furthermore, the survey revealed:

  • 93 percent of Illinois residents think children should be taught financial literacy in school
  • Only about one third (39 percent) believe that kids who are graduating now are well prepared for their financial future
  • Nearly 90 percent believe young people have an unrealistic expectation of what they will be paid

The survey results cited in the BMO Harris Financial Literacy Report, conducted by Pollara, are compiled from a random sample of 1002 Americans 18 years of age and over between January 27th and January 29th, 2015.

A probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to ± 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. About BMO Harris Bank BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.


For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are subject to bank and credit approval, BMO Harris Bank, N.A., Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $672 billion in assets (as of January 31, 2015).

About CFEE
CFEE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 1974, that works to improve economic and financial literacy and enterprising capability. CFEE works collaboratively with departments of education along with school boards, schools, educators, and teacher associations. Overall, CFEE aspires to help people of all ages be better prepared to undertake their economic roles, responsibilities, and decisions with confidence and competence.