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It’s better to teach your children good financial lessons later rather than never



It's better to teach your children good financial lessons later rather than never

Parents go through their children’s report cards for years at a time. In essence, a recent study reversed that, asking young adults to evaluate their parents’ achievements, especially about money. The results were unsatisfactory: Gen Z, or those between the ages of 12 and 27, is the generation with the lowest level of financial confidence, and a third of them claim their parents didn’t provide a good example.

The parents’ subpar behavior has a purpose, and young people should have greater faith in their financial futures for the same reason.

Why many parents set poor examples

Consider yourself in your parents’ position before blaming them for not assisting you in becoming more financially savvy. Although you may be complaining that you weren’t taught much about money in school, likely, your parents weren’t taught much either.

80 percent of participants in a 2023 Edward Jones survey stated they never studied financial literacy in school. In other words, your parents were just trying their best, like most people their age.

Many did not realize how risky it is to use credit cards excessively or how debt with high interest rates can balloon over time, which is how many ended up deeply in debt or other financial difficulties.

How modern parents can lead by example

Here’s what you could do with your own children now, or whenever you have them, and what your parents could have done if they had known more about financial matters:

  • Have regular conversations about money, including your financial objectives, obstacles you’re facing, strategies you’re using to overcome them, best and worst financial decisions you’ve made, etc.
  • Help them understand how much things cost by displaying your household budget to them.
  • Watch you shop wherever you go—in stores or online—and discuss your financial decisions with them. Make sure they notice when you decide to postpone or cancel a planned purchase.
  • Teach them how to enjoy themselves without breaking the bank by engaging in activities like hiking, board games, reading, playing sports with friends, and so on.
  • When the time is right, start talking about the potential of long-term stock investing. Show them how investing and saving can make them millionaires in the future.
  • Let them see that you are an investor, which should be the case for most of us since Social Security will not be sufficient to support a comfortable retirement. Discuss the investments you’ve selected and your reasoning for doing so. Maybe discuss interesting companies with one another. Finally, assist them in beginning to invest as well.

Essentially, you want them to become fully informed about financial matters as well as responsible money management.

Why there is much for young people to feel confident about

Finally, young people don’t always need to be depressed about their financial futures because those futures can be quite bright, regardless of how much or how little they’ve learned from their parents. Why? merely because young people have an abundance of something that most of us lack significantly: time, which is essential to accumulating wealth.

Young people should understand that, once they start making money, they can accumulate sizeable sums by making meaningful investments on a regular basis. These sums can help them achieve a variety of goals, including owning a fully paid-for home, a reliable car, providing for a family, retiring comfortably, and so forth.

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