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Teaching Your Children the Value of Money

Child savings and learning the value of money.
As a parent, you want the best for your children. You want to provide them with everything they need to live a comfortable life. However, as much as you want to give them everything, you also need to teach them the value of money.

You should begin talking about money to children at a young age . Civista has some tips that will help you educate your kids about money in a way that is engaging and easy for them to understand.

Tip 1: Use Real-life ExamplesBlog cover image - Family grocery shopping

One of the best ways to teach young children about money is to use real-life examples. For instance, when you go to the grocery store, you can ask your child to help you compare prices of different items. You can also explain why you're buying certain products over others.

Another example could be when you're paying your bills. You can show your child how you allocate money for different expenses such as rent/mortgage, utilities, and groceries. You can also explain to them the importance of paying bills on time and how it can affect your credit score.

Tip 2: Introduce an Allowance

Giving your child an allowance is a great way to teach them about money. It will help them learn how to save and budget their money. You can start by giving them a small amount each week and let them decide how to spend it. You can also encourage them to save a portion of their allowance for bigger purchases.

Tip 3: Use Games to Teach Financial Concepts

Family playing Monopoly for family game nightChildren love to play games, and you can use this to your advantage when teaching them about money. There are many financial games that you can play with your child, such as Monopoly, The Game of Life, and Cashflow for Kids. These games are designed to teach financial concepts such as budgeting, investing, and saving.

Tip 4: Involve Your Child in Family Financial DecisionsFamily saving blog cover image - family gathered at a table putting money in a piggy bank

Involving your child in family financial decisions can help them understand the importance of money management. You can ask for their input when making decisions such as buying a new car or planning a family vacation. This will not only help them understand the value of money, but it will also help them feel like they're part of the decision-making process.

Tip 5: Be a Good Role Model

Children learn by example, so it's important to be a good role model when it comes to money. Make sure you're practicing what you preach. For example, if you want your child to save money, make sure you're also saving. If you want your child to spend responsibly, you should as well.
Teaching your young children about money is an important life skill that they will carry with them throughout their lives. By incorporating real-life examples, introducing an allowance system, utilizing financial games, involving them in family financial decisions, and modeling good money management behaviors, you can help your children learn about money management in a fun and engaging way. These lessons will help them make informed financial decisions in the future and set them on a path for financial success.

Here are some additional resources from Civista’s Learning Vault for teaching your children about money.

Kidcents Savings Account
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Student Checking Account