Raising children is probably one of the hardest jobs there is and teaching them to be responsible adult takes a lot of time, effort and TLC. One important thing a parent must instill into their child is to be responsible in the area of finances. A parent can teach lessons in financial responsibility when a child is very young and starts to understand the concept of money.
All children love getting things and as your child accompanies you to the grocery store they are learning the concept of exchange as they see you hand money to the cashier in exchange for getting items like groceries. This lesson is very important as the child learns they must first give in order to receive. As the child grows and receives allowance, take them to the store and allow them to purchase some of their favorite items in exchange for a portion of their allowance. As they approach the teen years and beyond teaching them the importance of savings and good credit are also important. Opening up a savings account in their names and teaching them how to balance their checking account will establish the foundation of how they will conduct their financial affairs in the future. You can also get them a prepaid card and show them how this will help them build their credit.
With a prepaid card, you deposit money into an account, then use the card much like you would a debit card. Unlike a credit card, when the money is gone, it’s gone. Essentially, these cards work the way debit cards are used. A prepaid card is much safer to carry around than cash because if they get lost or stolen they can not be used unless someone knows the pin number.