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Kids and Money

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Money For Kids

How do you teach Kids About Money? It is a skill, that will stay with them all their lives. Of course they will mature (eventually) and think they were just born with that function, never the less you will know that you have done a great deal in helping them prepare and acquire another important life skill.

Money for kids including allowance,and teaching kids about money,its value,its purpose should be fun and purposeful all at the same time.

Mentally a 3 year old has a limited time span and an even shorter patience level, they want that candy or toy now, right now as a matter of fact!, and any education about money for kids vanishes on the shop floor ,so to speak. ' ok, I have those meltdowns occassionally too, but the discipline learning the disappointment of not having 'things', when we want them is being faced head on,and the sooner that lesson is learned the better. Be patient ,Rome wasnt built in a day and neither will money management!

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Money For Kids

Everyone needs a budget ,even if its a very basic one. It helps to know where our money is coming from ,how much we have, and what we want to spend that money on. Teaching kids about money needs to make sense in other words in a concept, they can understand ,and with time frames ,they can reasonably accept. For example when my son was 10 yrs old he desperately wanted a computer. It was in our budget but not our immediate budget. He was old enough to understand that if he helped to earn money for perhaps one component of that computer ($16 for mouse) every dollar would bring that goal even closer.

Play money for very young children, progressing to money for kids is maybe their first introduction to currency and something they are going to see alot of (hopefully) in the future. I bought those cheap plastic toy money sets and even a 2 yr old can learn one coin for this cookie , or two coins for two cookies....basic math made fun.

Teaching kids about money making sense ,should be fun and appropriate for their age and maturity. So invest in resources ,books,videos games teach kids money

By the time ,they are walking alongside you in the supermarket ,they will be well used to the concept of 'having enough coins' and lighthearted chats about 'do we have enough for one, two or none,' money is making sense to them!

Involve kids Let them hand the money to the cashier, reinforcing the trading aspect in their minds so it makes sense, this buys that etc.

Money For Kids

How Do You Teach Your Kids About Money

  • I dont, they will learn soon enough
  • Insist they save for what they want
  • Use opportunities anytime to teach them how we get money
  • Believe in kids allowance with no strings attached
  • A combination of some ,or all of the above
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Money For Kids

Hobbies That Teach Kids Money

Breeding and raising small animals

-my sons chose budgies and made a tidy profit ,it helped that dad sold the seed to them at a reduced rate ,but it taught them to stick at the task , even when they didn't feel like cleaning out boxes or feeding etc, and when they made their first sale ,the motivation and joy on their faces was priceless.

Making and selling cookies -Start small and definately supervise in the kitchen.

Grooming and/or walking a dog, friends, neighbour

Car washing

Snow Removal or in the Springtime yard work

If your child is too young for babysitting or any of the above tasks, have them be second in charge ,and reward them accordingly

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thelesleyshow 7 years ago from US

My daughter's teacher gives away what she calls "Ms. Carrasco Bucks" and she gives them to the children for turning in assignments and being good in class. She also gives them a "register" to log all their money in as "credits" and if they don't turn in class work, if they misbehave or go to the bathroom during class time she makes them pay her back and they have to log it in their register as "debits." I think it's a very creative way of teaching children to be responsible with their money but it also teaches them that hard work pays. I love the whole concept and I think it's truly brilliant. It's more than just giving kids incentives to work, it's teaching them how the real world operates.

Great hub! I really enjoyed this one a lot! Thumbs up!!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

thelesleyshow Youre an absolute gem and so supportive of my efforts. What a neat idea,one of my sons teachers had a similar idea,based around 'funbucks' and as she bought up various knick knacks that they could purchase at the end of term (something like that) Really had a heart that teacher and she kept record too ,so that eventually every child recieved some acknowledgement for their efforts.

Knows you must be an awesome family indeed! Thankyou.


ryankett 7 years ago

Allelujah, Allelujah, good hub eaglekiwi... thats the first time I have ever seen your name in my email inbox :P


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hey you ,thankyou for making comment and stopping by. Maybe my other hubs went to your spam folder,an the dust bunnies got me,lol. Reckon youd love the Queenstown hub, specially the bungy jump ..hehe..thanks again~Ekiwi


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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

There should be more hubs like these. A lot of kids have no concept of saving for the future. I believe that teaching them the value of money forces them to appreciate what they have and more importantly what they need to do in order to obtain the things that they want eg lollies!! I believe that giving them a "reward" for effort instead of merely giving develops initiative and self-esteem. Well done.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hiya Eaglekiwi. As promised, I'm reading the hubmob hubs this week =). Great hub. This is something I can go back to reading when I have my kids =).


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

awsydney-Thankyou for your input,and yes its all about teaching them a life lesson I believe and trying to keep money in its right perspective. I was hopeless saving when I was younger,maybe because we didnt get an allowance, and chores were just all part of living,not seen as a childs right? ,my dad would laugh at that concept ,yet he was generous and never slow to correct my careless spending.

Guess I was a slow developer ,lol.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

emievil-thankyou for your dedicated efforts,I appreciate it heaps! and I know by your attitude you'll make an awesome parent ,in the future!


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

Execellent ideas. We always thought that there should be a standard course on budgeting in schools, but starting at home is even better.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou Pete. At many high schools ,I think they do cover some aspects of money management and/or lifeskills etc ,but like most things ,the sooner and younger a good habit is learned hopefully remains for life.


rednckwmn 7 years ago

I have been trying to teach my kids about money and how to handle it and why NOT to use credit, for a while now. I have friends who believe you should get kids whatever they want, at any cost, and never tell them you dont have enough money. They say, why should they have to worry about your financial problems? Its been a little hard for my kids to see thier cousins get all the newest gadgets, horseback riding lessons, name brand clothing etc. But what will happen when those kids are big, and expect everything handed to them, and real life just doesnt work that way? I strongly feel as a parent, my duty is to prepare my child to become a responsable, healthy, functioning adult. If we dont teach them, how will they ever know? This was such a nice hub EK. :)


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Rednck, always good to hear your comments ,and I know exactly what you mean ,re other kids having more. Our family at its busiest time had me trying to motivate and try to be consistent with 5 sons...3yrs -16rs, when it came to being 'not wasteful' and saving ,even if was just pennies. They are much older now, but the best thing is they all know how to wait for things ,and spot bargins! lol.

None of us is perfect,we certainly were not ,and sometimes the best ice-cream for example or splurging on a birthday present that ya cant really afford is the best!!. I bet you do a fantastic job too!! and one day you will see the rewards,trust me. Thanks again for your lovely comments!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Great job on pointing out the benefits for children to develop money management skills at an early age, Eaglekiwi! I still consider myself a kid and don't have any kids (at least not that I know of) so this helps me! Thanks!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

dohn121-Thankyou my friend,lol theres a kid still deep down in all of us dohn,least there is in me too.You will make a wise and kind dad im sure of that!


mtsi1098 7 years ago

this brings home an important concept and one I practice with my son - good hub...thanks


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi mtsi, Thankyou for your encouraging comments! and youre welcome.


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I have heard that too many of today's kids do not really understand money well. Since they never see mom or dad paying cash for anything the whole concept of the money is foreign. To them if you have the plastic you can buy, whether you have the money or not.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Badco, Thankyou my faithful friend for dropping by, and lmao, reckon youd be a softie when it came to treats etc.

You have a safe n happy week-end too!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Erick ,so true, and funnily enough even before credit cards, (my parents never had them)as a kid ,I thought money grew on trees too. My dads pockets always seemed to jingle jangle. I think Banks would be a whole lot different too ,if we all chopped up our credit cards. Thankyou for your comments.

CabinGirl-Speaking of red ,I feel like a nice shirazz or two or three ,and pleased I got one or two who think Im good, hahaha ya naughty wee fing!


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Vizey 7 years ago

This is highly inspiring article. Children don't pay much attention to expenses. They spend lavishly without saving it. Parent should come forward to teach them.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Vizey, Thankyou for your positive feedback and I agree with you ,the earlier parents teach kids about ,the more it helps them throughout life,in my opinion.


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askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Good informative Hub..

Thanks!


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

askjanbrass, thankyou for your comments and compliment,appreciated!


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Appletreedeals 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

every parent should take this course material. What we teach our children when they are young will help guide them in later life.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Thankyou for your positive comments.


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zadrobi 7 years ago from Carbondale, IL

My parents did an excellent job teaching me about monetary responsibilities, but after I found out what Star Wars was I usually went and used all of my allowance to buy a figurine :)

Thanks for the Hub, EK.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hey zadrobi Thanks for reading and its commendable to hear you praise your parents-good for you!

Everyone has their 'must haves' trust me , and they never go away lol,but sadly some people just gotta case of the 'gimmes' must have now. Thanks again.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Great hub Eaglekiwi, very useful, I am trying to teach my son the value of money at the moment and this will definately help, thank-you.


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

wrenfrost Thankyou for your positive comments, good luck with your son , Im sure youll make it fun and do an awesome job!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hy Eaglekiwi,

I feel a bit of a cheat cos I don't have kids, I'm not a parent, but this is great sound advice I would recommend to anyone with kids. My grandparents mad eme a little corner table spot in the house where I could set up my own shop, with flour, spices, and tins of stuff as a substitute for dolls: my grandad told me I might learn something useful...learning the value of things, and that entrepreneurial flare sure rises fast. Kids raised on farms are lucky, they get a good insight into the value of money. They learn that things don't come for free, and so appreciate them all the more. Check out some really interesting books that may not be quite kid friendly but got sound sense, the series of books in the "Rich dad, Poor Dad" name. Great Hub here! I'm a fan!


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Cheekygirl

Thankyou for your comments and what wise grandparents you have. Im a country girl too, and maybe its just a generation thing, learning the true value of things , even food n shelter.

To be honest , saving is not one of my greatest strengths, but I dont have credit cards either so it all works out for the good. Great book you mentioned too. Thanks again.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

some more ideas to teach my kids.


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Good for you Rebecca, it isnt easy for kids nowdays since we live in a cashless society...but even pennies have their place still,lol. Thank-you for your comments.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

To EagleKiwi:

Thanks so much! You spread the Good Word! I think saving is a habit. Once it starts, one gets used to it. Well, that's the theory anyhow! LOL!


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hey Cheeky Girl ,lol yes that is the theory , well all ya can do is try an hope something rubs off and yer right it is a habit. I actually think my kids savings are better than mine now lol!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey eaglekiwi, I was hubbing around through my fans Hubs and came across this one. I enjoyed your take on this subject and appreciate your effort on teaching others, the importance of children learning about money. It will help others, possibly realize this is a necessary step in the child's learning process. Thank you so much.


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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

I used to teach my kid to save for what they want and only spent what they have. It helps them to stay within their budgets now that they are older. Good hub.


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Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania Author

Hi Cagsil sorry for the late reply ,Ive been offline, relocating etc.

Im glad you dropped by though and I appreciate the helful feedback.

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