My husband and I have been parents for over twenty years now. We’re in the middle of raising three boys to the best of our abilities. Sometimes they heed our advice. Other times, it takes a hard lesson for them to internalize something. Even still, there are times our words aren’t enough and they need extra encouragement or instruction from someone else. My heart goes out to the youth in this country who lack the mentorship or guidance they need to help them successfully move forward into young adulthood or beyond. Many of these kids desperately seek out role models in icons, such as football players and other celebrities. Enter Richard Sherman from the San Francisco 49ers. this Spring, Sherman walks off the field for a 12-part series in conjunction with Million Stories Media to share some wisdom that will hopefully guide youth into making good “adult” decisions.
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“Adulting is hard, kiddo!”
Hubby and I have said that phrase more times than we can count of late. “Adulting is hard!” Our boys range in age from 13 and 20 and we’re talking about everything from phone etiquette to financial independence ~ even with the one in college! They’re all good kids ~ polite, considerate, empathetic (at times) and they all have a good head on their shoulders. However, they are still young and still very, very human. Teaching them life skills is sometimes like…well, to be honest, I’m not sure there’s an accurate description, but I know all the parents out there completely understand.
Because of the financial instability I faced growing up, financial independence has always been a priority and concern of mine for the boys. We’ve spent time showing them how to budget and how to use a checkbook and register. We’ve gone over and over again on the importance of saving money and delayed gratification. However, not everything sticks as well as we would like.
Other Mentors and Role Models
I’m HUGE on parents playing a major role when it comes to teaching their children life skills. However, I’m not blind or dumb. First of all, I know our children look to others for guidance. Second, I am also fully aware (and can personally attest) that sometimes parents aren’t always there or able. Sometimes they just can’t reach their children’s souls. It’s in those times that we have to pray and trust that they are looking up to someone who has something worth emulating.
Enter Million Stories Media
First of all, what is Million Stories Media? Well, Million Stories Media is a project of the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship. It’s a new lifestyle and entertainment channel that offers a wide variety of original programming that focuses on important “adulting” issues such as career, money, family and various issues young Americans face today. By using the power of entertainment, the digital channel breaks down the taboo of talking about finances and aims to change the perception that financial issues are humdrum and boring. By doing so, it hopes to empower a generation to become CEOs of their own lives.
Sooo ~ in that vain…
Million Stories Media is proud to announce a new 12-episode digital series starring the San Francissco 49er’s captain, Richard Sherman. Sherman will be coaching young people through various “adult” financial decisions. Whether it’s guidance on buying their first car, creating a workable budget or looking for their first apartment, the new “Adulting with Richard Sherman” series breaks down tips and strategies for financial success using Sherman’s signature no-nonsense, straight talk personality.
Why Richard Sherman?
Richard Sherman is a Hall of Fame cornerback with the NFL with a good financial head on his shoulders. Of course, many of us also know him for having quite the reputation when it comes being outspoken about football. What some may not know is that Sherman also has a degree in Communication from Stanford. Sherman uses that degree and the life lessons he learned growing up to share his wisdom with today’s youth so they can see the potential and possibility of financial independence.
Fun fact ~ Richard Sherman started budgeting when he was FIVE!
Million Stories Media launches this spring, but viewers can catch a sneak peek of “Adulting with Richard Sherman” at www.millionstories.com (not to be confused with the introductory clip below).
Parents / Guardians, One Last Thing…
If you can find the time, I encourage you to watch this with your children. The best way for them to put what they see and learn into action si when they have support and accountability. So, whether you are getting a headstart with an eight year old, prepping your preteen to budget his allowance or securing your teen’s thought process before buying a car or heading to college ~ it’s good to be reading the same playbook when it comes to financial independence.
Take the time to discuss the topics. Find out how you can continue to play an integral role in helping them become financially independent in life.
The “Adulting with Richard Sherman” Series Kicks Off This Spring!!
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