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I'm 25 and married with two kids. I am a Business Administration/Finance undergrad at Northern Illinois University, and have been an avid dividend investor since I began at 21. I invest to make a worry-free dividend income for my wife and children. I hope to retire at a young age (40's) and travel the world on the money people spent buying everyday things (and still do).
We are young and in school so we currently rent, but we are debt free and devote >10% monthly to investing in long-term dividend stocks in our brokerage account and Roth IRA, and contributing to the point of maximum company match in our 401(k)'s; which we only invest in equity index funds.
I have also started teaching my daughter Vanessa(6) about companies and stocks and she already knows we like when prices go down so we can buy more of something before it goes back up. When my son Elias(2) is a little older I will begin grooming him as well, because I grew up in a house (and society) where talking about finances was non-existent and I refuse to do the same for the next generation. Everyday of our children's lives they are taught by teachers and friends and parents how to tie a shoe, add, read, spell, maintain friends, clean up, talk to people, behave in public, cook, drive, and everything else we can think of, but when it comes to finances it seems like every child is on their own and sadly high school's seem to shy away from the subject. My children will be financially ready for the world long before they are out on their own, because of what I have taught them through open questions and dialogue. Financial freedom is extremely important for a lifetime of overall happiness. Maintaining a sustainable cash-flow positive household is much more important for a child to learn than being able to recite all the capitals of the world or what year Napoleon fought at Waterloo.