Simple Strategies for Teaching Your Child Financial Literacy

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If you want to help your child prevent some of the financial mistakes you’ve made over the years, the best approach is to start early. Over time, they will establish money management habits regardless. And since their habits can determine whether they lay a firm foundation or constantly deal with financial stress, you want to make sure they learn their habits from you!

Below, Action Accountants shares some practical tips for helping your child develop healthy financial management!

Creating a Budget    

Budgeting is the foundation of any healthy financial management. Teach your child how to budget for any items they want by factoring in their allowance and any money given to them as a gift. Walk them through how much items cost, and don’t forget to leave room for saving!

If your child is old enough to have a smartphone, look for a simple budgeting app that can help them develop healthy habits.

Putting Saving Into Practice

Saving is an art in and of itself. If your child can get used to saving more than they spend, they will have everything they need to build sound financial management practices.

Consider giving your child a clear jar so that they can see their savings growing by the day. This can serve as a great motivator because they visualize their reward.

Teaching Them About Investments  

While investing is more complex than many other financial management practices, helping your child get the gist of what it means to invest can prove valuable later in their life. Of course, there are many different types of investments, but a straightforward way to get your child’s feet wet is to explain homeownership to them.

Teach your child about assets and building financial security, which can benefit from purchasing a home. Go through the difference between a buyer’s and seller’s market, as well as how the local economy can impact a home purchase. And research the housing market together to compare home prices and features.


Moderating Gifts

It seems like contentment is hard to come by more than ever. Much of it has to do with social media and advertisements that push products on the public in the name of improving your life.

Work towards instilling contentment in your child early on and providing budget-friendly ideas to meet their needs. When they receive a gift and start asking for more stuff, take the time to explain why their toys and other items are enough. Be careful not to lavish your child with non-stop gifts.


Focusing on Giving    

The best way to teach your child the importance of giving is to model it in your own life. Look for local charities and churches that you can donate to, and find other ways to express generosity. Consequently, when your child begins to experience the reward of giving, they will be more likely to enjoy contentment in the process!


Opening an Account

When your child is old enough, open up a bank account in their name. This will put the ball in their court regarding money management, teach them how to make financial decisions, and ultimately help them transition more smoothly into adulthood. Of course, you will want to make sure you maintain control of the account as well!

Knowing how to manage money is one of the most critical disciplines for succeeding as an adult. Start teaching your child how to budget, save, and invest today. Monitor how many gifts you give them throughout their childhood, prioritize giving as a family, and open a bank account for your child when they are ready. It may take a lot of work and energy on your part, but it will be well worth it when they grow up to be financially responsible adults!

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