As soon as your child is able to grasp the concept of how money can buy things, negative aspects of greed can set in. It is not unnatural for young children to develop a fondness for money in order to buy some candy or a toy. Inevitably, this affinity for money and material goods could easily get out of hand if they don’t know how to handle their money.
Budgeting could be described as a skill and as a responsibility. Teaching this responsibility can help a growing individual understand the importance of saving and investing their money for the future. Of course, we wouldn’t want to take the “fun” away from spending; budgeting should incorporate a reasonable amount of spending.
As a parent it is positive to teach through action. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to demonstrate responsibility to your young child? It can help to simply state that you can’t buy that toy this week and that you must save for it; if children hear this type of logic, perhaps they will better grasp this at a later age. This way they are given a foundation, as they see their parent being responsible and conscious of this responsibility.When your child gets to a certain age, he or she will have his or her own money. It is perhapsa good idea to give an allowance to children before they are able to get their first job in order to learn about budgeting.
As your children get older they will take on this responsibility with their own money, jobs and bills. Try to provide that leadership and help them along. New ways could be explored as well, such as using personal finance software. Budgeting software can be a great way for teenagers to see the big picture and where their money is going. Truly at any stage budgeting is an important concept to grasp.