T.I. Shares Advice On Teaching Kids Money Management

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy with reporting by Sway Calloway and Nadeska Alexis

T.I. is a man of many talents. Rapper, actor, author and of course, father to six kids. Tip stopped by “RapFix Live” yesterday and during his visit he dished out some parenting advice on how he keeps his squad on the right path. His advice? Start ‘em from nothing!

The rapper ensures that his kids understand the value of money, despite growing up in luxury. “Start ‘em off from nothing,” he advises. “Those of us who come from nothing, who grew up with less, the one thing we do is try to afford all of our kids the things that we didn’t have. That’ s wonderful thing to do. However, when we do that, we have to make sure that we instill the values and principles that come along with us acquiring the things we now have.” He warns, “[If] we get to giving, they get to expecting.”

T.I. wants to make sure his kids, who star with him on the reality show T.I. & Tiny’s: The Family Hustle, have a strong work ethic and are not merely over-privileged. “That’s nobody’s fun,” he says.

You can catch T.I., Tiny and their kids in “T.I. & Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special.” In the animated special airing Monday 12/18 at 8PM ET/PT on VH1, the family tries to help Santa and save Christmas.