Nancy Itzel May 1, 2020 Money Worksheets
Encourage your youngsters to save at least 10% (a good benchmark through adulthood) of every dime they receive. The money can be put in a local bank or credit union for saving for special items, Christmas presents, or some other goal the child sets.
Every youngster should be encouraged to designate a percentage for charity. Teaching them to 'give back' is a reward in disguise as they learn how to help other people, causes and organizations. Show them videos of some really poor parts of the world. They'll be glad to give! Ten percent is a typical amount and recommended by most church organizations.
Now for the fun part! Encourage your kids to spend their money wisely. Teach them how to shop for bargains and what value the toy or item might provide long term. When my kids were growing up, I strongly encouraged them to spend wisely on a hobby or a collection and learn as much as they can about the history behind the collection. My son at ages 5-9 years old, collected toy tractors and had every type, design, style, manufacturer, and specifications memorized. He knew more about tractors than most farmers! When he got older he repeated the passion with his train collection, later still, with WWII memorabilia.
Get your youngsters into some good habits starting as early as 5-years old. Look for a good Kid's Reward Program that will teach them the value of money and how to use some simple budgeting worksheets designed for kids. Keep expanding the program as they grow older and start to earn their own paycheck. Earnings (for jobs well done), Saving, Tithing/Charity, Spending, and Investing are all key components of instilling good financial habits for kids of any age. For now, let's start with some key tips to teach our kids the fundamentals:
Children can learn math quickly when you let them study while having math games. They usually have avid appetite for learning new concepts and ideas. And as a parent or teacher, every day brings opportunities for you to motivate your kids in learning important math skills. You can motivate them by making fun activities and engaging them with different math games for kids.
I'm not a proponent of young kids investing in the stock market. But as they get older you can encourage them to think about saving for their future and retirement. Show the older kids stock charts from the past 50-60 years and note the strong upward trend over long periods of time. With 50+ years before they retire, and by starting to save a little bit now, the Compound Interest will kick in big time!
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