Introduce your kids to money matters

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By: skyden.dredge
on 19th Nov,2011

Managing money is an art. The earlier you learn this habit, the better it is for you.
Introduce your kids to money matters


Managing money is an art. The earlier you learn this habit, the better it is for you. So, you as the responsible parents must put in serious efforts to teach your kids about the virtues of money saving from a very earlier age. If you can ingrain the habits of money saving into your kids, it will surely help your kids a lot when they actually become adults. Here we discuss about some tips by following which you can instill the habits of money management into your kids.

 

Set an example before your kids

 

You as a responsible parent must set an example before your kids regarding money matters. This is important because it is you by following and copying whom your kids grow older. You must be very disciplined, honest and responsible in your financial matters. All these create an indelible impression on your kids. You need to make all the monetary affairs very transparent before your kid - whether you are using a credit card, writing a check or paying utility bills. You must explain the pros and cons of all monetary activities that you do. Your kids are very observant and can learn good lessons from you.

 

Let your kid know about the concept of money

 

The responsibility to introduce your kids to coins lies upon you. Teach your kids the virtues of coins. One way to teach them the virtues of is through encouraging them to save coins in a piggy bank. You can play money games with you children. A variety of online and homemade money games are there. By playing these games with your kids you can instill money saving habits in your kids. 

 

Open a saving account for your kid

 

One smart strategy would be to open a saving account for your kid. This is not only helpful to save money for your kid and this is also helpful to teach your children about the virtues of saving money. With this saving account you can actually teach your kid about how compound interest works and about how money actually grows. 

 

Allow your kids to commit mistakes

 

Failures are the pillars of success. Allow your kids to commit mistakes with money. Then explain the reasons behind their mistakes. This could indeed be an excellent tool to teach your kids about money matters. 

 

Help your kids to set financial goals

 

Without proper financial goal, no one can reach the desired destination. Encourage your children to set realistic saving goals. Let them know about the various costs such as house, cars, education etc. Once the children are well aware about the various costs, they can set realistic saving goals on their own. 

 

Teach them the virtues of investing

 

Once your kids are well acquainted with the basics of banking and savings, the next step would be to take that forward and teach them the virtues of investing. First of all, teach them about the basics of stock investing. Then you can also take your kid in exploring various stocks, bonds and mutual funds. 

 

By following the above mentioned tips, you can surely introduce your kids in money matters and teach them about the virtues of money saving. 

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