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What parents need to know about financial literacy for kids

Expert advice on teaching children about money from a financial expert.

Many people struggle with their finances every day.

When you take a closer look at the issue, it becomes clear that most of the problems stem from a lack of understanding of financial matters.

It is important for both adults and kids to learn how to manage their money, understand their financial status and plan for the future.

Teaching your children financial literacy provides a good foundation for better money management in their adulthood.

You can start teaching financial literacy for kids at a very early age.

Start with explaining the simple concepts and value of money, and then gradually increase the topic’s complexities as they get older.

There is a good chance that this will also prompt them to ask you questions about money. 

Try to use examples that they will be interested in.

Many children are playing online games and often ask for in-game purchases.

Instead of buying these for them, they can either save up their allowance or earn game points to purchase these.

They will have to wait to receive the ‘new skin’ or latest upgrade that they so desperately want.

By delaying their immediate gratification, they learn the value of money.

Financial literacy for kids

Key Takeaways:

  • Teaching kids about good money habits is as important as teaching healthy eating habits.
  • Giving kids an allowance is a simple and tested method for helping kids understand how to allocate their money.
  • Showing them how to have good money habits can be as easy as talking them through a purchase or saving decision that the family is making.

“Teaching our children good money habits is really no different than teaching healthy eating habits or good manners,” she said. “It’s important to have children learn about basic money concepts, such as saving for a goal and spending only what you can afford. It will ultimately help them lead happier, financially stable lives.”today.com

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