Building financial wisdom: money lessons for kids (and you!)

October 6, 2023

Financial literacy isn't just for adults; learn early in life, it can benefit your children now and in the future. Of course, each parent’s approach may vary, but the following five ‘money lessons’ are a good place to start.  

Set a good example

As role models for our children, it’s important to practise what we preach – including avoiding impulse buys, tracking spending, and maintaining a monthly budget. It’s a good idea to involve your children in age-appropriate financial discussions and decisions, like comparing grocery prices, planning vacations, or setting up a family savings goal. Use these moments to reflect on and improve your own financial practices and reinforce the lessons you're teaching.

Money has limits

The concept of an ATM can be fascinating to children, but it’s crucial to help them understand that money isa finite source earned through hard work, rather than an unlimited supply available through banks and credit cards. You can reinforce this concept by offering pocket money in exchange for completing small household chores. Also, why not encourage them to divide their money into categories, such as saving, spending, and giving? This will help your children grasp the importance of balancing their financial resources and making informed choices.

Making saving second nature

Another key step to raising money-savvy kids is to introduce the habit of saving, maybe by giving your children pocket money to manage. Encourage them to set personal savings goals for items they want to purchase or experiences they desire, maybe using visual aids like a savings jar or a progress chart to track their goals. 

Allowing them to make mistakes will help them understand the consequences of overspending and the importance of budgeting. As they grow, you can gradually introduce more advanced concepts, like compound interest and the benefits of long-term saving.

Encourage patience and planning

A great way to resist the 'buy now, pay later' mentality is by showing your children the benefits of delayed gratification. You can even use practical examples, like waiting for sales or saving for a special toy or trip, to illustrate the benefits of being patient and thoughtful with their spending decisions. This mindset can help them develop healthy spending habits and avoid debt in the future.

Cultivate a positive money attitude

Help your children view money as an opportunity, not a risk. You can use your own financial challenges as teachable moments and promote a healthy, positive mindset towards money. Also, consider discussing charitable giving and the importance of helping others, fostering empathy and kindness in their financial decisions. By creating a positive attitude towards money, you can help your children develop a strong foundation for responsible financial decision-making throughout their lives.

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