Have you ever regretted spending too much money when you were a child? Have you ever wondered whether your financial status would be the same if you started saving your money when you were a child? Well, it might be late for you but it is never late to teach your children the value of a dirham.
Step 1: The delights of saving
If your 6 to 10 year old children are fond of toys, take them to their favorite toy store and show them how people pay for their purchases. Let each one of your kids pick a toy and promise them to get them that toy if they save a quarter of its price in a considerable time appropriate with how much you give them as allowance. Once they stick to their part of the deal and have saved the required amount, take them to the toy store and give them the remaining sum of money so they can pay for their items by themselves. As your children grow older, raise the amount required for them to save as well as their allowance so that they get used to buying their personal items on their own.
Step 2: Be a good model:
Children regard their parents as superior models. When you teach your children how to save, you have to demonstrate saving behaviors that reflect what you’re preaching. One example of doing so is taking your children to the bank you deal with and open for each one of them a saving account. Every month, show your children their banking statements to show them how much they have saved.
Step 3: The younger the better
Try to teach your children to save from the moment you feel that they realize the value of money and what it brings to them. Try to show them cases around the house of what they can do to save money. You can demonstrate for them how turning off the light after leaving each room in the house can save up on the electricity bill.
Step 4: Managing money
Try to teach your children how to make their own budgets by planning their spending and setting certain goals. If the budget they set is unrealistic, don’t point that out abruptly. Try to sit with them every week and amend a few things so that the end result after a month or two becomes something fathomable.
Step 5: Business fundamentals
Explaining business fundamentals and basics to your children can be easy if you simplify the terms used in the process. Concepts such as supply and demand can be explained to children by using an instance from everyday life. For example, explain to them how when one of their favorite toys came out in the market, kids scurried to get it when its price was high. But once another toy came out, the supply exceeded demand for the older one and its cost became little compared to when it first hit the market.
Remember that the entrepreneurs are not just born; they have to be taught the skills along the path of success. From family, they inherit many characters that are imperative to entrepreneurship such as creativity, drive, a willingness to take risks. Endow your children with proper knowledge at home and school and they will most likely show the results in the future.