Marty’s World: Meet Adam


My father’s called Adam and he’s very tall. So tall that beside him I look very small! He enjoys telling jokes and he loves silly puns, We laugh – or we cringe – and it’s really such fun! My dad’s a great cook and I love what he bakes: the best apple crumble and coconut […]

Banking With Kids – Why Is It Important?

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Part of any proper financial education is banking…and with that banking with kids becomes very important. Banking is the most important (and most basic) financial institution. Everyone will encounter the bank at some point in their lives, right? So it’s much better for your kids to be familiar with banking sooner than later. With my previous […]

Marty’s World: Meet Beatrix

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My grandma is Beatrix. Her hair is all grey. She has lots of wrinkles that don’t go away. Her blue eyes light up whenever she smiles, and her favourite thing is walking for miles. She might not be young but she still is quite fit, she strolls through the fields and won’t stop to sit. […]

Bank Account for Kids — Do They Need It?

In my previous posts, I discussed allowances and ways to creatively pay your child. For this article, I want to bring up the importance of opening a bank account for your kids as early as possible. Here are some arguments why opening a bank account for your kids early on is one of the best things to do: […]

Marty’s World: Meet Emma

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My mum is called Emma, and she’s such a dear. I admire her because she’s a smart engineer. She keeps on inventing new things every day, designing each piece in peculiar ways. Beyond all her gadgets, she really loves trees: she spends hours gardening, and saving the bees. She plants lots of flowers, so insects […]

My Experience at the World Economic Forum 2020

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In January, I had the pleasure and privilege of becoming a resource speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. I participated in the event as an opening keynote speaker for “Primary Futures” in Davos Platz Primary School.  The event gave the children a chance to meet international role models and World Economic Forum delegates. They got […]

Do I Use Technology To Teach Kids About Money?

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Go Analog or Go Digital? The ever-growing digital space surrounds us every day, including banking and shopping. And as such, it is also extending to day-to-day financial parenting! In-app stores, we already see parenting-related apps that support maintaining a household and managing kids’ chores. With this in mind, I’m sure a lot of you are […]

Happy International Day of The Woman

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I want to celebrate this International Day of The Woman by acknowledging what we have achieved and what we can still achieve as women.  This International Day of The Woman, I am celebrating the strength, willpower, and resilience of women all around the world and all the women who came before us: all the advancements […]

Women’s Disadvantages in the Workplace

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I had another interview with Vivamost where I talked about another issue close to my heart: the challenges faced by women at work. I know that there are already efforts to reduce gender inequality women’s disadvantages in the workplace. But I believe that we still have a long way to go. Inequality and imbalance in the […]

Should I Let My Kids “Earn” Their Allowance?

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Fixed Allowance vs. Chore-by-Chore Allowance One dilemma that parents face is whether to give your kids a fixed allowance or a chore-by-chore allowance. Some parents want to instil the value of working hard for money at an early age. So what they do is that they put a corresponding amount per chore and then kids […]