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Money takes on a new meaning when there are children in the family. Parents realize the added pressure on the family's income to cover more wants and needs. They also feel and express a concern for helping their children develop healthy, positive attitudes about money.

Attitudes and habits about money are learned at an early age. Very young children begin to learn about money by observing how their parents feel about money and react to it. They notice whether parents argue or discuss calmly how money is to be spent, who pays the bills, and who keeps the records. This role as observer while still a child will be a subtle but significant influence on how a person feels about money through life.