Family permission levels

Hello all. I've been a YNAB user for a while now and have 1 issue I'm hoping someone has a solution to. I'm divorced and share custody of my two children with my ex-wife. I use and preach YNAB almost daily and my kids are reaching that age where I want to start teaching them budgeting using YNAB and the YNAB rules. They each have cell phones and computers at my home, that I pay for. They are welcome to take either or both back and forth between my home and their mother's home (one week at their home with me, next week at their home with their mother, etc) I would like to be able to set up a budget in YNAB for each of them so they can begin using it for wish-farm items, savings accounts, money management, etc. I'm trying to figure out how to do this in a way that they can look at their budgets while at their mother's house and I don't have to worry about their mother being able to look through my financial information. Not that I have anything deceitful to hide from her. It's not that type of an ex-wife relationship, but I don't want her to have full access to my financial and budgeting information for what are probably some pretty obvious reasons. To be blunt, it's none of her business. I've previously added this as a feature request. I'm also aware of YNAB Family and have tried it, but I want the kids to be able to use the YNAB app on their phones, see the actual YNAB interface in the actual YNAB app on both their phone and computers, and learn to use it the way it was meant to be used, without worrying that my ex-wife can also look at my finances when they are with her. Does anyone have any type of suggestions as to how this can be done? It is the one thing that is preventing me from bringing my kids into a budgeting, money-conscious, YNAB world of money.

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  • I don't have any suggestions for you other than to file a support request and outline your situation and the need for that level of security.

    4 years ago I suggested a robust multi-level user access system, but unfortunately, there has been nothing announced in that regard.

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      nolesrule Thanks for the reply. I've already done that. Was hoping someone knew of another solution, or some type of workaround, that would achieve this. There has to be a lot of people out there in this situation, so I hope it's a feature they're working on.

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    • nolesrule I submitted a similar feature request a few weeks ago and was told it was a popular request and would be passed on to the design team.  That said, if it's been four years with no movement, I'm not confident we'll ever see it come to fruition.

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      Coral Unicorn  I got a similar response when I submitted the feature request. It's disheartening to hear others have been submitting the same request for a long time and no news on if it's even being considered, is being worked on, etc.

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    • Cyan Steel I did just come across the following post indicating they are working on some kind of additional access options for budgets: https://support.youneedabudget.com/t/y7kb4x?r=h7hh11v

      Maybe we'll get some improvements even if it's not a full-fledged access-control system.

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      Coral Unicorn Thanks for the info. Looking forward to whatever they have coming. I hope it happens in the very near future and meets the needs of the folks that really need it!

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  • As of this writing, the only option is to get another subscription to YNAB for the kids, and set up each of their budgets in there, so they could access it here, there and everywhere, and your ex could see any or all of their budgets but obviously not yours, because it's a different account.

    Yes, not ideal.  But it would work.  Curious what YNAB team will come up with, (and when) and if it would solve your scenario.

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  • Hi Cyan Steel ! I love that you're passionate about teaching your children more about finances!

    We are looking closely at multi-user features, and the others needed to support it. I can't say for certain how we'll implement them, but they're in the works. You mentioned you've submitted a previous Feature Request, but if any of the details above have changed, or weren't originally included—I think this is a solid use case that our team could learn from.

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