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6 Powerful Money Lessons For Kids

Apr 04, 2023 Family & Finances

With influences by the media, friends, and other sources, it’s important for parents and caregivers to guide children toward favorable money habits.

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Want to introduce your children to key money concepts but don’t know how? Start with the lessons below, have meaningful discussions, and lead by example as your kids begin to learn and practice money management skills. With proper guidance and opportunities to put these fundamentals into action, your little ones will be off to a great start.

6 Lessons

Establishing Goals Is Important

Goals are often overlooked, but setting goals is an important part of anyone’s successes. Goals ensure we have something to work towards and that we’re well aware of what it will take to accomplish them. Help your children set a financial goal, develop a timeline, create a plan of action, and follow through.

Money Should Always Have A Purpose

As kids start to earn money, it’s helpful to teach them early on that money is a tool to be used for different purposes. Encourage your kids to have accounts/jars/envelopes for each purpose. Start with the basics of saving, spending, and giving – then, as they get older, include investing. Sticking to a budget takes practice and discipline, so it’s best to start now.

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Sometimes the simplest answer can also be the hardest, especially when it comes to the pleas of your kids. However, closing your wallet, being direct, and saying “no” will teach them the well-known fact that money is finite. It’s important to teach them they can’t always have what they want.

Money Is Always Earned

Kids need to have money of their own to learn how to make decisions when using it. Moving away from giving your child money could mean moving toward allowing them to earn money. Consider paying them for completing extra tasks around the house, getting good grades, etc. Not only will this reinforce that money is earned, they’ll think twice before spending their hard-earned money.

Make Saving A Priority

Saving is an essential money habit that teaches goal setting and planning while building security and independence. Teaching kids to pay themselves by depositing a portion of their earned money into a savings account is a great start to ensuring future financial success. Help get them started by opening up their own youth savings account.

Decisions Always Have Consequences

As parents, it’s natural to want to protect your children. Though you give them your best advice, they may opt for learning things the hard way. If your child wants to spend their money on something they’ll later regret, for example, make it a teachable moment and let them live with the consequences. Talk with your kids and help them understand where they made the mistake and how they can make better choices next time.

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Raising Money-Smart Kids

Talking to kids about money is not only acceptable but also encouraged. Use our tips to help your child understand and practice age-appropriate money management skills.

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