Editor's note: This show is in memory of Jim Cramer's father, Ken Cramer 1922-2014.
Jim Cramer loves stocks. He absolutely loves them. And he has for a very long time.
"My love of stocks didn't begin in law school or college or even high school," explained the "Mad Money" host. "No, my love for stocks started back in fourth grade, that's right, fourth grade."
As a child Cramer took pleasure in playing stock market games. His father's company was the National Gift Wrap and Box Company that represented 3M, and they sold games designed to gain the interest of young investors.
"I loved those games so much," he said. They clearly helped spark the beginnings of what would become a celebrated career. "I have subsequently asked the CEO of 3M to bring the games back," Cramer admitted.
Cramer's point here is that parents shouldn't worry that kids are too young to learn about the stock market. As far as Cramer is concerned, it's never too early to get kids interested.
In fact, he thinks they may absolutely love it. Especially if it's introduced not as something serious, but rather as a game.
"Simply pick companies that are familiar to your kids and have them track them and guess which will do best over a period of time," said Cramer. "If your kids have an aptitude for investing, they will naturally find the contests fun. And they may stick with it for life."
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