Money Management: Teaching Children the Basics

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Try thinking back for a moment, do you remember the first time you understood what the value of money is?

I was a child, maybe 5 or 6 years old, I asked my mom for 99cents for some candy or baseball cards, I don’t remember what it was exactly that I wanted to have, but, I know for sure that I needed a specific amount of money to get something I wanted, from a shop. At that point in my life I started understanding what money is.

My 2 year old niece uses the word money as part of her vocabulary. For example: when she hears coins hitting the floor she would say immediately, money! We both know that she has no idea of what money is, but, I guess as far as she is concerned the word is important enough for her.

Managing Money at Home

By being a good role model you are in fact teaching the child with out talking too much, what money management is. Once they see you involved with managing money they will be curious and if your child acts responsible and even for a moment asks you anything related to personal finance never push them away. Tell them the answer to their question in a way they can understand. Try not to use the phrase “This is for grown-ups”; they might just wait to grow up before they ask you again…

The main idea is to let your children help you with managing money by letting them manage their own and at the same time making it fun and worthy for them and for you. So every child at a certain age should have a money management plan for his capabilities, remember, we are trying to implement the habit of managing money, so that in time it will be a lifestyle and a good one too.

Hoping School will do the Work

What ever your child studies at school is necessary. The books that the child learns history from or worksheets that he takes home to study with will help your child get a degree, but they won’t help do his monthly budgeting or manage his cash flow, will they?

As a child, did you have a class that teaches finance or even basic money management? If you did than you’re lucky, that’s the way it should be.

I think more than just teaching your children at home how to manage money there should be classes at school, just like math and science, which teach personal finance and money management. That’s something your child will use for life!

If you are a 6th – 12th grade teacher you might find this money management lesson to be fun, interesting and refreshing for yourself and your students.

Here is a great site I found that will help you teach your children how to manage money.

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