Author Sabrina Lamb hosted the Do I Look Like An ATM? Seminar, based on her book by the same name, at Eastern Star Church this past May. As a feature of the Financial Freedom Institute, the seminar’s purpose was to educate parents, grandparents, guardians, and anyone who is directly connected to children and teens about having “the talk” regarding money and finances.
Sis. Lamb is also the founder and CEO of Worldofmoney.org, a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing immersive financial education for youth, ages 7-18. She believes that families need to be on the same page when it comes to running a household. Youth should understand that money does not grow on trees; they should know precisely how much money it takes to run a household, so they are not surprised when it is time for them to be responsible adults.
During the seminar, Sis. Lamb engaged the audience with her knowledge and humor. She reviewed a history of money including the first black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton, during the mid-1800s. Sis. Lamb then talked about several other wealthy African Americans during the 1900s, giving attendees insight that African Americans were making strides long before Madam C.J. Walker and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Towards the end of the seminar, Sis. Lamb separated the attendees into groups based on the type of parenting style household in which they grew up. The groups discussed how being raised in a certain type of household has influenced their parenting style. Below are the different parenting styles discussed.
The seminar concluded with Sis. Lamb encouraging attendees to have a “family business meeting” to get everyone in the household on the same page when it comes to finances. She also noted that saying daily affirmations together positively enforces what the family has learned together.
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