Money Lessons Children Need to Learn Early

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As children grow up, there are a lot of important lessons that they will need to learn. A number of these lessons are going to revolve around money. It is important to educate your kids so that they do not make any silly mistakes later in life. After all, managing your finances is not something that is taught in schools. However, you don’t want to overwhelm your child with information, so you need to choose your money lessons with care. Let’s take a look at some of the pivotal money lessons that children should learn early in life below…

You may have to wait to buy something you want – This is probably one of the best lessons you can teach your child, and one of the earliest. You can start teaching them this from the age of three or five years old. It is all about not giving your child what they want straight away. If you go into a store, and your child asks to buy something, or you even want to buy something, make a note of saying you cannot afford to right now, and then purchase it at a later date. This will show your child that you have had to work hard to secure the purchase you wanted to make.

The true cost of every purchase – One of the most valuable money lessons to teach any child is about working out the true cost of any purchase. Rarely any cost is as simple as it seems. There are always extra expenses and costs that may not be financial to think about, such as time. The most obvious example would be buying a house, of course. A lot of young adults think that the only thing they need to save for is the deposit. They are then alarmed when they see other costs. Not only do they need money for a deposit, but they need to factor in expenses on the day of moving, for example, removal services like those from businesses listed on Shiply. They also need to factor in legal expenses, as well as the cost of a professional home inspection.

You need to make choices about how you spend your money – The third and final lesson you should teach a child is that every purchase comes with a choice. You cannot buy everything you want, and it is all about making wise decisions. At this point, introduce your child to goal setting, as well as saving. Set up their own savings jar at home.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the key money lessons that children should learn from an early age. If you teach your kids the lessons that have been discussed above, you can help to prepare them for the future and you can make sure they learn the value of money from a young age. It is very much about small lessons and baby steps that will ingrain valuable money lessons into your child’s mind so they can carry them forward into the future.

Compulsory financial education in schools

Over 100,000 people have now signed the petition calling for compulsory financial education in schools, which means it must be considered for a Parliamentary debate.

The petition championed by Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert hit the magic 100,000 number last night, showing the enormous nationwide support for the campaign to help rid the nation of financial illiteracy, which can lead to serious debt problems.

(click here to sign the e-petition on the Government’s website).

This is the trigger by which all issues raised in Government e-petitions are considered for debate in the House of Commons .

As Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson has agreed to sponsor the petition, it stands a good chance of a Commons airing.

The issue is already on the political radar as over 250 MPs are part of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People, which also calls for compulsory money lessons.

The petition also has the support of numerous consumer groups such as Which? and the Consumer Credit Counselling Service plus of course The Financial Fairy Tales.

Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert.com creator, says: “Thanks to everyone who’s signed the petition and played their part in putting this on the political agenda.

“Politicians of every party should hang their heads in shame. It’s a national disgrace: in the 20 years since student loans came in, we’ve educated our youth into debt when they go to university, but never about debt.”

“We’re a financially illiterate nation, with millions caught by mis-selling, over-borrowing and being ripped off. The easiest, cheapest and most important fix is to get financial education in every school.

Many wonderfully already do this, yet most don’t. The problem is unless it is compulsory, head teachers can’t focus resources to make it happen. Hopefully, this petition will be a major step to change that.”

Debate moves closer

Tomlinson, who set up the APPG, says it is vital we educate the next generation about personal finance.

He says: “I am delighted financial education is supported by so many people, and passing the 100,000 barrier on the e-petitions system is a real, major boost to our campaign.

“We are shortly set to conclude our nine-month inquiry looking at how we can deliver compulsory financial education as part of the national curriculum.

“The 100,000 signatures to the e-petition will help us secure Parliamentary time on this subject, essential for raising the profile of our report with key ministerial decision makers.”

Financial education was due to become part of the curriculum underthe previous Labour Government when then School’s Minister Ed Balls, along with Martin Lewis, launched the proposals in January 2010.

However, as those plans were tied in with sex education, they were scrapped because of the row over teaching sex to kids ahead of last year’s General Election.