Kid’s and Money

Save As A Family

Teaching your children to save can be fun. Saving as a family can be rewarding for all and helps teach children the all important lessons of financial literacy.

Good savings habits start at home. Whether you’re budgeting, saving, making retirement decisions, or assessing workplace benefits, share the choices you make with your children, no matter their age.

Take, for example, my two oldest grandchildren, T’Aliyah (10) and Tavarius (9), I am teaching them how to manage their allowance and any financial gifts they receive. They kick and scream, but when I pull up their accounts and show them their balances, they are pretty proud of themselves and what they have achieved.

Now Tevin (6) and A’Lona (5) are a little bit different. They don’t receive an allowance, but they do have money from time to time. I teach them to spend some and to put some in their piggy banks. They get to feel how heavy their banks are and they each have a picture of something they want, so when they reach the price of the toy they can take part of their savings and buy it. Little do they know they have the amount right now, but I don’t want them to use all of their savings to buy a toy, so that will be my secret.

I love to discuss saving with them and setting savings goals. I also tell them about mine and Pop Pops savings goals. Since they live in the home with me, it really gives them a sense that they are included in our financial well being. It also teaches them financial literacy. Here are some suggestions on how you can teach your little ones to save.

START WITH A PIGGY BANK

A piggy bank can be a great way to teach your kids the importance of saving while giving them an easy way to do it.  Tell your kids that the goal is to fill up the piggy bank with dollars and coins until there is no room.  Illustrate that the piggy bank is for saving money for the future and that the more they save, the more their money will grow.

OPEN UP A BANK ACCOUNT

Once the piggy bank is full, take your child to the bank to open up a savings account for them.  Have them count how much money is going to be deposited, so they can have a physical understanding of how much money they have.  Show them the final number and reinforce the idea of interest.

It can provide a great source of motivation for your kids if they understand that their money will grow over time as long as they don’t touch it.  A great example of compound interest is to show how doubling a penny once every day for 30 days will eventually generate $10 million dollars!

USE SAVINGS JARS

When your kids really want the latest and greatest toy or a new action figure, let them know they will have to save up for it.  Give them a jar for each of their desired purchases and offer them a small allowance each week in a denomination that encourages savings.

For example, if you give your child five dollars a week, give it to them in one dollar bills.  They can save all their cash for one purchase, or they can contribute to different “jars” for various savings goals.

To encourage saving up for their short-term goals, put a picture of their desired toy or item on the jar, so they have a visual reminder of what they are working towards.

CREATE A TIMELINE

As a kid, the concepts of money and time can be hard to grasp. Research has shown that the impact of a one-hour financial lesson wears off after about five months. In order to make the message stick, money education should be timely and ongoing.  If you know your child receives a $50 check for their birthday each year, the moment to talk about budgeting is right before receiving that check.

One way to keep money lessons ongoing is to create a timeline so that your child can visualize when they will reach their goal.

Let’s say you give them five dollars a week and they want to save up fifty dollars.  If they saved one hundred percent of their allowance, they’d reach their goal in ten weeks, or roughly three months.

Start by getting a long piece of paper and a marker.  Have $0 on one side and $50 (or whatever goal amount) on the other side.  Create checkpoints on the paper for when they reach 25%, 50% and 75% of their goal.

Every time an amount is saved, draw a line illustrating how much was saved.  Let your kids know that they will get small rewards at each checkpoint. Small rewards can encourage kids to keep going.  Visuals are also helpful in illustrating their savings goals and how their money is growing.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Children learn by example, so the best way to teach your child about saving money is to save money yourself.  Have your own jar of money that you put funds in regularly.  When you’re out shopping, show your children how to discern between various prices and explain why buying one item makes better sense than another.

Reiterate the message that every time you get paid, you save a portion of your check to help prepare for the future.

START A CONVERSATION

One of the most important things you can do is to start a conversation about money and the importance of saving. Money doesn’t have to be scary or a taboo.  Use financial discussions as teachable moments. An innocent question such as “Are we rich?” can be answered in a way that emphasizes family values, such as hard work and responsible spending.

Let your children know they can have an allowance, but it’s up to them to save up for things they really want.  In addition, illustrate how much their money can grow over time if they save.

Also, discuss the difference between needs and wants and tell your children you are always open to talking about money and new ways to save.  Ask them about what they want to save up for.  Ask them what they want their future to look like.

Asking good questions can get them to think long-term and have a positive relationship with money.  Letting them know you’re always open to having a conversation about money can encourage them to ask questions of their own to keep learning.

Teaching kids how to save money may seem like a tough task.  It has even been said that parents are more likely to talk to their children about sex than about money.  But using these tips, you can make your child’s understanding of money fun and accessible.  It’s an investment in knowledge which truly pays the best interest.

What methods do you use to teach your children to save? Pop them in the comments, I am always looking for new things to incorporate into my grandchildren’s financial literacy program.

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How Children Develop Money Habits

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HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP MONEY HABITS

Most people get their money habits and skills from their parents and caregivers.  That’s why it’s important that parents and caregivers  have some background in how children develop, financially.

Ultimately, most adults seek financial well-being. Research shows that people feel they have financial well-being when they:

  • Have control over day-to-day, month-to-month finances;
  • Have the capacity to absorb a financial shock;
  • Are on track to meet their financial goals; and
  • Have the financial freedom to make the choices that allow them to enjoy life

By helping your children develop important behaviors, knowledge, skills, and personal traits – when they are developmentally ready – you can help put them on a path to financial well-being in adulthood.

Keep in mind that you’re teaching about money, on purpose or not

Your children are constantly watching and listening, so they might absorb more than you think. When you shop for a bargain, or splurge on a treat, or plan a special occasion, you’re showing your kids how you think about money.

Don’t worry too much about things you don’t know

Don’t feel confident about money matters? You’re in good company. Most people don’t. And that’s okay. Every day, you excel at something your children need to learn – whether it’s managing your time between work and home, saving money when you shop, or planning for a future event. Use these as teaching moments and you will be surprised at just how much your child learns, no matter what their age.

This year’s theme for National Financial Literacy Month is Envision a Financially Literate Future. That is why it is imperative that we teach our youth to be financially literate. During Financial Literacy Month let’s focus on the financial education of our nation’s youth. Comment below and tell us what you are doing to promote financial literacy during this month, and how will you keep promoting financial literacy once this month is over.

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What Age Should You Start Teaching Kid’s About Money

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Kids and money, the teenage years

As we come to the end of this series, if you missed any you can read what age should you start teaching kid’s about money, beginning with age two. Financial literacy is important as soon as possible, so start teaching your kid’s as early as you can.

Ages 13 to 15

A child’s early teen years are not too early to learn about the stock market. You can pretend to invest in companies your child is familiar with, like Disney or Mattel. Make it a family activity by having each member pick a stock. Then read the paper or watch the financial news together, and discuss how the stock values of everyone’s choices fluctuate.

Between lunch money, school supplies, and other small necessities, allowance can go very quickly for young teens. Help your child set a budget by first discussing wants vs. needs. I call it the potatoes and gravy game. Potatoes are food we need to survive. The gravy makes it taste better but isn’t necessary. You can reinforce this idea by going over the family budget with your child and discussing your family’s needs vs. wants.

Ages 16 and up

Stored-value cards, such as Visa Buxx or American Express Cobaltcard, are simple tools that parents can offer to teach lessons in financial responsibility. Teenagers can use these buying cards to pay for things without using cash or credit cards. Parents load the cards, which look like credit cards, with a set amount of money and then let their teens budget their allowance. (Ask your lender about possible annual fees.)

With a little encouragement, giving to charity can become part of your child’s mentality. In fact, donating can be more than a financial lesson; it can teach social responsibility. Help your child pick five charitable organizations that interest him. To decide which is worthy of your hard-earned dollar, make it a family project to find out what they do, how well they do it, and what percentage of the donations goes to their cause.

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What Age Should You Start Teaching Kid’s About Money Ages 9-12

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Ages 9-12

One way to teach 9-12 year olds about money is comparison shopping. Read the store’s price labels with your child, look at the size and price, and compare the bulk amount per cent. Don’t forget to take quality into account. For example, one week buy brand-name paper towels. The next week, try a generic brand. Then discuss the differences and decide together if the brand name is worth the extra cost.

The all-American yard sale has you annually cleaning out your attic, garage, and child’s closet. This year, put your child in charge. With some supervision, preteens may take to this project like a duck to water. They can handle much of the responsibility while learning about setting a value, making decisions, and helping you haggle with customers over prices.

Don’t forget to let your children be part of your financial world. They will thank you later!

 

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What Age Should You Start Teaching Kid’s About Money

what age should you start teaching kids about money
6-8 Year Olds

As children grow, we can start teaching them some of the ins and outs of money. Here is my answer to my client’s question, what age should you start teaching kids about money? This is for the age group 6-8 year old’s

As soon as your child is receiving an allowance, he/she will need a place to put their money. Make a trip to the bank an event. Help your child open a savings account, and encourage them to make regular deposits. As the balance grows, you can discuss the concept of interest and how the bank pays people back for saving their money. Many banks have children’s accounts that offer no-fee and no-minimum-balance accounts.

This is also a good age to take up coin collecting as a hobby. (You can spark your child’s interest with state quarters.) Visit the kids’ section of the United States Mint Web site (www.usmint.gov/kids) with your child and learn about the evolution of U.S. currency. You’ll also find online games and cartoons to keep your child engaged.

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What Age Should You Start Teaching Kid’s About Money?

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Kid’s and Money
Ages 4-5

Welcome back! As we continue with our series on kid’s and money, our sweet preschooler’s are ready, willing and able to be a part of our financial world.

Before heading to the supermarket, ask your preschooler to help you clip coupons. (Don’t forget to use safety scissors.) When you’re at the store, hand him/her the coupons and ask him/her to keep an eye out for the products. This will make him/her feel like he’s/she’s helping, and it’s an easy and fun way to talk about saving money.

Most preschoolers would rather play imaginary restaurant at home than go out for dinner. It playfully promotes a variety of skills, such as setting the table, learning good manners, and making change. Many 4-year-olds have to be reminded after the pretend meal that they have to pay the bill. Once they understand the concept, they get very excited about paying with pretend money or making change as the cashier.

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What Age Should You Start Teaching Kid’s About Money?

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Kids and Money

A while back, I had a client ask me at what age should one start to teach their kid’s about money? In the next few day’s, I will breakdown my answer by age group.

It’s actually easy to teach kids about money. Turn your day-to-day activities into learning experiences. Trips to the bank, store, or the ATM machine, for instance, can be a perfect opening for a discussion about your values and how you use money. When children are very young, you can work money concepts into your child’s imaginary games, like playing pretend store or restaurant. Read on for some fun, simple ways to introduce finance to your child.

Ages 2 and 3

A 2- or 3-year-old faced with a choice between a penny, dime, and nickel will almost always choose the nickel because of its size.  But while very young, children won’t fully understand the value of money, they can begin to learn the names of coins. One way to do this is to play the coin identification game. You and your child can trace around the outside of various coins and color in the shapes. Then invite your child to match the coin to the image while discussing each one’s name. (Note: Toddlers may try to swallow coins, so always provide close supervision.)

Young kids love to play store, but an imaginary shop in the living room is more than just a fun way for your child to exercise his imagination. By exchanging play money for goods, your child begins to understand the basics of commerce. Use cereal boxes, fruit, sponges, or paper towels as store items. Together, make pretend money and shop till you drop.

I would like to hear from you. What age do you think one should start to teach their kid’s about money? Comment below with your answers.

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