Feb 19, 2024 | Insights

Teaching Kids About Money


Shaping solid financial habits in youngsters isn’t just about numbers. It’s a crucial part of their education that equips them with skills that will serve them well into adulthood. We’ve listed some simple ways that you can involve kids in the learning process and build a foundation for financial responsibility.

Lead by Example

As we know, children pick up a lot of habits by observing the behaviour of the adults around them (some we really wish they wouldn’t!). You can demonstrate responsible spending habits by avoiding impulse purchases, paying bills on time and saving. Don’t hesitate to share stories of your own experiences with money, both successes and challenges, as this provides transparency and real-world context.

Play Money Games

Engaging in educational games centered around money can making the learning process fun for children. Board games like Monopoly or The Game of Life that simulate financial scenarios can teach them valuable lessons about budgeting, investing, and making strategic financial decisions.

Encourage Saving

Piggy banks are a great way for children to learn the importance of saving, and although money is becoming increasingly virtual, having physical coins and notes can help them see their money as it grows. Assisting them to set saving goals for a new toy or experience they’d like also teaches patience and discipline to achieve what they set their minds to.

Involve them in Budgeting

As children get older, involving them in family budget discussions can provide them with insights into financial responsibility. Sharing age-appropriate information about income, expenses, and the importance of budgeting, can allow them to contribute ideas on cost-cutting measures or ways to allocate funds for an upcoming family holiday or house project. This involvement not only educates them about financial planning but also instils a sense of ownership and responsibility.

Open a Kids Bank Account

Many banks offer special savings accounts designed for children. Opening an account in their name, with their involvement, can be an exciting step toward financial independence. Teach them how to monitor their account balance, understand statements, and set savings goals. Some banks even offer rewards or incentives for regular savings deposits, reinforcing positive financial habits.

Teach the power of giving back

Encouraging children to allocate a portion of their money to charity helps foster empathy, generosity and a sense of social responsibility. Discuss the impact their contributions can make towards helping those in need or supporting a cause they’re passionate about.

Teaching kids about money early can help them to navigate the complex financial landscape with confidence. By starting simple, incorporating practical experiences and leading by example, parents can assist in shaping their children’s financial values and behaviours.

Information on this site may be regarded as general advice. That is, your personal objectives, needs or financial situations were not taken into account when preparing this information. Accordingly, you should consider the appropriateness of any general advice we have given you, having regard to your own objectives, financial situation and needs before acting on it. Where the information relates to a particular financial product, you should obtain and consider the relevant product disclosure statement before making any decision to purchase that financial product.

Liked this article? Share it!

Get started today

Book a complimentary meeting with a CA Adviser to see how we can help you to get where you'd rather be.