As a parent with teenagers, you are likely to be worried about their financial futures. If economists are to be believed, millennials could be about to become the first ever generation to be less well off than their parents – so there is obvious cause for concern.
It has never been more important, then, to teach your young adult children the vital importance of saving – and investing in their future. I’ve put together a few ideas which should help you explain – and demonstrate – some of the concepts of investment to your teens.
Develop their interest in world affairs
Knowledge of global events and their impact on the markets is critical for investors, so encourage your teen to keep in touch with the news. OK, so if you are anything like the average family, your teens are likely to turn off when the news comes on. But, you mustn’t mistake this for disinterest in current and world affairs. There is a good chance that your teens have a keen interest in what’s going on in the world they just choose not to listen to a mainstream voice. Encourage it, of course, but start telling them the benefits of fact-checking and investigating sources. It will prove to be hugely beneficial when it comes to the day they start making investments.
Offer them allowance deals
If you are still giving your teen a weekly allowance, see if you can show them the benefits of putting money way and saving it. For example, let’s say you give them $10 each week. You could suggest that if they gave you back half and save it for 6 months, you would match what they have kept back, doubling their money. Not only will it show them the value of putting money away, but it will also teach them a little about interest and making their money work harder.
Get started on real estate
Buying and selling homes isn’t something your kids will be doing for a while yet. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a subject you should be discussing. Educational games can help the younger ones, and Monopoly is always a great way to introduce the concept of investing money in property to get more back. If you have the money, you could, potentially, look around for cheap homes for sale, buy one, and let them run it as a business – assuming they are old enough, of course. There’s nothing to stop you from investing in property as a family business, either. You could, perhaps, give everyone tasks they are responsible for and pay them out of any profits earned. Finally, ask their advice. Too many households shield finances from their kids, but being open and honest will help them learn and, most importantly, ask questions.
Talk about the stock markets
Teens love modern technology and big brands – and there is a perfect chance there for you to take their interest further. You could even set them up with a little stock to play with, and see how the markets fluctuate for themselves. As long as your teens have a grasp of money and are interested in the subject matter, it should be easy enough to peak their interest in the relevant markets.
Do you have any suggestions on how to teach teens about investment? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!