Most schools don’t require courses teaching kids about money, but parents can follow these guidelines to get started.

Raising a Financially Savvy Generation: Teaching Kids About Money


Without even realizing it, parents, you’re teaching your children about money every day. After all, kids learn from our examples and often mimic our behaviors. So, when it comes to financial literacy, we have a significant responsibility in imparting our wisdom and experience to the next generation, especially since most schools don’t require courses teaching kids about money. Since April is Financial Literacy Month, it seems like a good time to share some of the most impactful ways to ensure your kids have a financially sound future, so read on to learn some of the skills you may want to intentionally impart to the next generation.

The Importance of Early Financial Education

Before we get into the specific tips for teaching kids about money, let’s set the stage for just how important this is. Children are like sponges, absorbing information and behaviors from their environment. By introducing financial concepts early on, we equip them with the skills to manage money responsibly, understand the value of savings, and make informed spending choices as they grow older. Early financial education fosters a sense of responsibility and helps lay the foundation for a secure financial future.

Tips for Teaching Kids About Money

While every family is different, the following tips generally apply across the board as important concepts to consider when teaching kids about money:

1. Start Early:

Introduce basic financial concepts when children are young. Use everyday situations like grocery shopping or saving for a toy to explain money and its uses.

2. Use Practical Examples:

Involve children in household budgeting discussions and decisions. Show them how a budget works and why it’s important. Let them see you, in action, managing household funds and making decisions.

3. Provide an Allowance:

People tend to fall strictly on one side or the other regarding the allowance debate, and it may not work for every family. However, if you’re committed to teaching kids about money, consider trying a small allowance, encouraging them to budget and manage their money. This teaches kids about income, savings, and spending within their means.

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4. Encourage Saving:

Encourage kids to save a portion of their allowance or any money they receive for birthdays or holidays. Help them open a savings account to watch their savings grow.

5. Teach Wise Spending:

Discuss needs vs. wants and the importance of making thoughtful spending choices. In addition to talking these things through, however, be sure to live out these lessons. Show your kids by example how to prioritize purchases and save for what’s truly important.

6. Explain Investments:

As children get older, introduce the concept of investing. Explain how investments can grow over time and the potential benefits of long-term saving. Try having them choose a stock to watch over time – say, the company that sells their favorite tech item – and let them learn about market volatility without any actual risk.

7. Discuss Real-World Scenarios:

As your children get older, involve them in discussions about college funding, buying a car, or planning for their future. Help them understand the financial implications of major life events, and use examples from your own life. You can even use your personal financial mistakes to help them make smarter decisions.

Using Technology to Aid Financial Education

When it comes to teaching kids about money, it’s smart to use all the tools at your disposal. They will learn quite a bit from watching you lead by example, but in the age of screens everywhere, you might also find digital help in imparting the lessons you want them to learn. There are numerous apps and online platforms designed specifically for teaching kids about money in a fun and interactive way. Utilize these tools to make learning about finances engaging and effective. From virtual piggy banks to investment simulators, technology can be a powerful ally in financial education.

Related reading: How to Begin Money Discussions with Your Family – Even When it Feels Uncomfortable

Teaching Kids About Money: Goals for Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy is a gift that keeps giving, and it’s never too late to begin teaching kids about money. By instilling a strong understanding of money and its management in our children, we empower them to make sound financial choices throughout their lives. This April let’s commit to raising a financially savvy generation—one that is prepared, informed, and capable of achieving their financial goals.

Financial literacy truly is a cornerstone of success and prosperity – and many adults are still learning valuable lessons, too! If you don’t feel confident about your financial plans or your level of financial knowledge, we can help. Contact the Clarity Financial Solutions team today for a free consultation where you can learn more about our services. We look forward to hearing from you!

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