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buy the things she wants. When she shows some interest, you can start teaching her how to handle it wisely. The simple lessons you teach today will give
your child a good base in financial literacy.
My then three-year old daughter preferred a 10 peso coin to a P20 bill
and she thought 3 pieces of twenty pesos are a whole lot more than a hundred
money early. Not so early that they do
crazy slash dangerous things to the coins like put them in their mouth (there
is a stage when kids love to put stuff inside their mouth or their nose or
their ears. When they are this age,
please get rid of tiny things they can easily grab! I have heard a story about a pencil eraser-that little cylindrical eraser on the tip of a pencil being found inside a child’s nose! I am digressing again…), though.
allowance gives your child her first brush with finance. Some kids
go crazy when they get their money that they spend all their money and try to
make libre all their friends (This probably is one of the stories my dad loved to tell people – the day he found out I was treating all my friends in second grade and concluded that I would be a politician!) Before giving your child the chance to have her own allowance, teach her on how to budget and save for something she really
wants to have so badly. And if she spends her one-week allowance in a day, be a tough mom. Don’t switch into Rescue Mom mode and give
her extra money. If you do give her extra, make her work for it.
Orman in The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream
insisted that children should not even be
receiving allowance. They should learn
to work for it by doing some ordinary and special chores around the house.
I give my children allowance though, and when
it comes to chores, I only pay them when they are not the ordinary household
chores (since doing them is a part of their responsibility as a member of the
family), but they do get extra for some special household chores.
grades with money. Some insist this is
not good, because it is a child’s responsibility to study hard and have good
grades, but I love the way my kids look when they get rewarded for their hard
work and I know they will always try to duplicate their efforts if they are expecting some kind of reward.
THE IDEA OF SAVING.
(it sure wasn’t a piggy) shaped like a house.
I think it was Metrobank’s giveaway way back then and it had a special
quote on it too: it says “A peso a day
will build a house someday.” That quote
meant a lot to me back then (which sadly went to waste when I discovered
shopping ! )
piggy bank by letting him write in his journal book how much he deposited (this
will sharpen his math skills as well), and I told him when his savings reaches
P1,000.00, we will open his piggy bank, count the coins and…
account. Choose a bank with programs
that help kids learn financial basics. Explain
to your child how “free money” goes into her account through interest.
some money every month to give to charity.
In this situation, explain that the loss of interest income is not
important because of the help she is giving.
the difference between short-term and long-term goals. The younger child won’t be able to set
long-term goals yet, though.
especially for savings. Show her the
limits of what you can give her for her needs and wants. Explain to her that the difference will have to come
from his savings.
child receives money gifts, discuss what she wants to do with her money and give
suggestions, always including the benefit of saving. Show her how to divide the money gift for
different purposes. Have a picture of
the item that your child wants in her target chart or on the piggy bank. Show how long it will take to reach the
target based on the agreed daily, or weekly, or monthly savings. Include a small amount to spend right away
depending on your child’s personality.
Remember, the final decision should be acceptable to her.
trying. Children are smart. You will just be surprised one day that your
child has learned to become a disciplined saver.
if you are uptight. Remember, you have
many years to do all these. Both you and
your child will be happy with this shared experience. Plus, be a good example. You cannot expect your child to be thrifty
when shopping is your passion (don’t look at me…I am on my road to recovery, I swear).
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