A Quarter Of Parents Say It’ll Be Easier For Their Kids To Get Into Debt

A third of parents believe their children will be less equipped to deal with their finances than they are

Despite the credit crunch and the focus on finances the nation’s parents admit they are still worried about whether the next generation will be able to manage their own money, a new study* by M&S Money reveals today.

The research shows that a quarter of mums and dads around the country say despite the more cautious financial environment we’re now in it will still be easier for their kids to get into debt than it was for them and a third think their children will be less able to manage their money than they are.

Almost one in five (19%) say their children will be ill equipped to understand and deal with their own finances as there is simply too much jargon to wade through and not enough practical guidance in schools. 

Despite this almost a third of parents believe that imparting their own experiences can help their children learn and improve their chances.  They are confident that by being more open, than their own parents were with them, and integrating finance into the school syllabus, their children are more likely to be able to cope with the challenges of their personal finances.  A fifth of today’s parents said that their mothers or fathers had the most influence over how they manage their own personal finances.

M&S Money works with the DebtCred financial literacy project, which was established as a charity in 2003.  The primary aim of DebtCred is to prepare school pupils for university life or employment by educating about the sensible use of credit, personal financial management and the hazards of overindebtedness.  Employee volunteers from M&S Money deliver financial literacy presentations to high school students in the Cheshire region. 

Colin Kersley, Chief Executive of M&S Money, said: “Having been through one of the most complicated couple of years for family finances the importance of getting things right for the future has never been more important.  Too many of today’s parents are not yet confident about the nation’s efforts to improve financial awareness and ability for the next generation. 

“Providing practical guidance in schools as well as offering simple and transparent products is really important. The goal that our children will be more able to handle their own finances is worthwhile and one that industry, consumers and Government must work on together.”

Fun Financial Learning For Kids

For a large number of adults, learning about money can be dull and complicated. Imagine what its like for a child.

Younger children do not need to jump straight in with compound interest, pensions or the movement of the currency market.

Instead learning about money should be 2 things:

Fun & Relevant

The Financial Fairy Tales take the approach of exploring money ideas, techniques and values through fun and inspirational stories.

The story books are now supported by a comprehensive activity book, full of puzzles, games and activities to develop understanding and awareness of money issues.

Take a look at the video below:

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