Teaching Children About Money Managing

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Is it important to teach children about money management? Of course! Money management should be treated like any other learned skill.  It takes time and practice, like anything else, but it’s probably one of the most important lessons you will teach your children.  Whether we like it or not, money is a part of growing up.  Teaching them from an early age will equip them with skills to manage their money now and in the future.

How do you teach money management skills to a child?

It is essential to talk to your children about money and to give them the responsibility of earning, saving, as well as spending from an early age.

This can be done in an easy and fun way by getting hands-on playing “shop-shop” or allowing them to “pay” the cashier when you’re out doing a grocery run. 

From around 5 years old, they start developing an understanding of numbers and this will make it easier to move from playing to educating.  This is a good time to start learning more money-related skills, for example, saving for a new toy. 

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Once children start understanding the difference between wants and needs, you can start talking to them about how they can start achieving their own wants through earning and saving. 

How do kids manage finances?

Teach kids the value of money, so that when they reach the age that they want independence, you can get them to take responsibility for their own savings and spending. 

Some ways you can help them develop money-smart habits is by giving them financial responsibility,  helping them manage their “earnings” and by setting the right example.  Opening a savings account for your child can be one way to educate him/her about savings or investments.

Why kids should learn money management?

The proper use of money can have a very positive impact on someone’s life, but if it doesn’t get managed correctly, then it can become a huge burden.  Teaching your children how to manage their money will instill habits that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

How do families teach children about money?

Money is one of those topics that parents often feel reluctant to speak with their children about.  You can have an impact on how your kids handle their own expenses later in life by teaching them about money early on.

Here are 10 handy tips on relaying the money message.

  1. Be a good example of spending. Children are observant, and they will watch the way you spend when they are with you.
  2. For the little ones, make sure to get them a piggy bank to save their money in.  Although they may not be receiving an allowance yet, they might receive money for completing small chores or for special occasions such as their birthday.
  3. Show them the balance on your current account you got from a cash machine or online banking. Afterward, use your card to buy food, then get a new balance and show them how it is lower than before.  You should repeat the activity before and after withdrawing cash or shopping online.
  4. Make learning fun by playing games with real money.  There are board games, online games, and homemade games to consider.
  5. Make your kids budget for a family event to practice their budgeting skills.
  6. Support Charitable Giving.  As your kids grow, they will likely become enthusiastic volunteers and contributors to society and kind individuals if you instill compassion and philanthropy early.
  7. Teach Kids to Set Financial Goals.
  8. Give your child an allowance, but consider the frequency and amount.
  9. Encourage them to earn some of their allowance by doing some simple household chores.  Your child will learn that money is earned by doing good work.
  10. Say no and mean it.  You may be tempted to give in to your child’s request for a loan or an increase in allowance.  It is important to keep in mind that if you keep giving in, the child will never learn how the real world works-or how to live within their means. Be tough when necessary.
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