Why Should Parents Encourage Children to start Saving at a Young Age

By Jane Muia / Published August 5, 2022 | 11:03 am



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Every parent will tell you he or she wants the best for their children. The best way you can become the best mum or dad is by ensuring your kids are financially secure.

Being financially disciplined at a young age is a very important thing that should be built in every child to ensure they don’t have future financial stress. As a parent, training your child to start saving early will be the best gift for that child. This is because your kid will be at less risk of a future financial crisis than those brought up without such training.

Spending money is easy and everyone loves buying themselves some fancy things, but learning how to cut spending is quite hard for kids even for adults. The earlier kids learn how to prioritize the most important things the more it will become part of their value system and habit.

Encouraging saving habits from an early age will ensure your children can make wise decisions when they’re responsible for their finances in the future. There are several reasons why you need to ensure your child understands ‘the money talk’ without feeling like they are being denied freedom.

  1. Saving Helps Kids become Independent.

Saving early will help kids to learn to rely on themselves to get what they want. At the same time, your kids will be able to benefit from a long time horizon for meeting important financial goals. This will encourage kids to work smart to get what they want.

 

  1. They can take advantage of compound interest

Compound interest essentially means that your money can make money. If your kid deposits some funds into their accounts, the amount of interest they make will increase every year. That’s because they will start to earn interest on their interest. The money will have multiplied into greater sums by the time they get to their 30s or 40s meaning your kids will never lack food on the table even if they decide not to work.

  1. They will Develop a Better Plan for Emergencies

If kids can depend on themselves when life goes sideways, it can instill confidence that they will be able to handle future surprises. Starting the habit of saving can help insulate kids against job loss or appliance breakdowns when they’re older.

  1. Staying out of Debts

Discipline and self-control can be difficult for anyone, especially when it comes to money. The fact is, we won’t always be able to afford the things we want right away—at least not without going into debt. But kids who learn self-control are less likely to have credit problems later in life.

  1. Peace of mind

Your kids will not be worried about any future financial crisis because their money is already working for them. The best part is that at this point they won’t be a bother to you since they will have a sense of financial freedom. Their money will have had the chance to grow, meaning that their income will be higher than it would otherwise have been.

  1. Understanding Unexpected Market Events

If your kids have enough savings it means they will be able to conquer market downturns. Additionally, saving smaller amounts over longer periods allows you to balance the highs and lows of the market by buying units at consistent intervals, rather than going all in when prices may be high.

  1. Early Retirement

Once you have socked enough money, the next thing you would probably think of is stepping out of that company and living your best life. Your children will have saved enough and won’t have to wait until they get to a certain age to retire from their job once they are sure the plan will sustain them for the rest of the years.

  1. The Process will be More Easier

Saving shouldn’t be a painful process and that’s why it’s good to start early. This will allow you to save as little as you can and the money will have multiplied by the time the kids mature. Kids also have fewer expenses and this will make them multiply their money faster.






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