Good fathers strive to be fair in how they treat different sons, even though each child clearly has his own temperament and money personality. In many families, there’s one son who saves and another who spends, or one who puts aside every penny and another who couldn’t care less. As a financial advisor, you can help fathers (and mothers too, of course) sort out what’s best for each child and for the family as a whole.
John Cullum, a financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, South Carolina, says he has always given his two sons allowances commensurate with their age and taught them to budget for what they want. His older son, now 18, started his own antiques business in high school and takes pride in paying his own way as much as possible. When John explained that he would pay for both college and graduate school if his sons chose a public university, the older boy immediately decided to comply so he would be able to graduate without debt.