Actually, having small goals in mind help a lot with the bigger picture. Starting small is great. I remember when I was 9 my parents planned a trip to Disney World a year in advance, and they told me then that if I wanted to buy any gifts for that trip, I had to pay for them myself. During that time, I did chores that earned me up to 75 cents for doing them, and over a year period I saved fifty dollars and was able to buy some gifts on my trip. It was simple and small, but I did it.
Fastforward to my teens, my parents told me I need to pay for my driving lessons and to save up for a car. I not only paid for my lessons, but I saved up over three thousand dollars. As a reward, my parents told me to hold onto the money and they paid for my car. I held onto most of it for other things such as prom expenses and my first year in college.
I'm graduating college in a year and feel these small goals are going to help me prepare for bigger ones. However, I also learned that educating myself with money is the best thing I can do (that is also thanks to my parents).
Thanks for sharring sevarn14 these are great examples of positive parenting influence of money handling.