Good Spending Habits Start At Home
February 17, 2012
Parents spend a great deal of time balancing work and family, with many making certain to put away funds in case of an emergency or other urgent needs. This is a good habit and parents, especially fathers, should pass on to their children.
Developing spending habits starts at home, and fathers need to set the tone early in their children so as they grow, so do their good habits. Here are a few ways fathers can demonstrate good spending habits:
- Rewarding household chores monetarily provides great incentive in young children to complete their tasks. It also gives kids a glimpse into adulthood, as paid employment is one of the hallmarks of responsibility. Determine with your wife or mother of your child a good and fair strategy in rewarding your child/children.
- A savings account with a banking institution also helps instill the idea that putting away money is a wise choice. Teach your child that saved money also earns interest just by being placed in the account. For older children, a checking account may be a good step as well, but decide as a family what works best for all.
- Impulse shopping is a problem for both children and adults. A good way to teach children not to spend their money unwisely is to show them how to search for bargains and to only buy necessities. A treat or trinket every once in a while is good for children, but nothing beats saving money by avoiding an unnecessary purchase or finding an item that’s on sale.
- Investing is a great way for growing kids to start saving for the future. Sites such as One Share have tips for parents and children that are interested in buying stock in reputable companies. Teaching your children how to invest their money into brands and companies they care about could even inspire them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. As with all things, fathers should make sure to monitor their children, as investment can be a complicated thing.
There are just a few steps towards implanting solid ideas into your child’s mind about finances. The positive tools fathers share with the children now only help them as they mature with age.
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