Green makes the world go round. It seems more than ever before, many kids today do not understand how parents make money, how they decide to spend, save, donate and invest their money or how they have to allocate the household income. To many kids money is just a means to an end. They want something and they need money to get what they want. With the prevalence of television, computers, radio and peer-pressure present in a majority of kids daily lives, children are bombarded by more and more commercials and messages to consume more and more material possessions than ever before. And many parents give in and buy their kids many of the possessions their kids beg them for. I believe the perfect time to teach your kids about money begins when they are very small. Start when they are as young as 2 to 3 years old. Of course for a very little child, they can only comprehend a little bit about money, but it is your actions that are important at this age. Decide what messages you want to teach your child when they are older, such as, you have to make smart choices about how you spend your money; you have to budget so you have enough money for rent, food, a car, gas, utilities, savings, and spending money. Although your kids may be very young and you might think you do not have to think about money talks yet, this is when to start the foundation that you will build upon for when they get to be pre-teen and teens.
Parents often say, “I hope when my child goes off to college or moves out they make the right decisions.” Or “I hope they can take care of themselves.”What I would say to those parents is- it is the early lessons they learn from us that allow them to succeed in life. This is not an article coming from an academic but rather a parent that wants the best for her own children and who was a child and has grown into an adult and observed hundreds of others move through these stages with varying degrees of success. First of all, the truth is that the earlier we start teaching our children important lessons and give them responsibility, the easier it will be to continue those lessons as our children reache their teenage years and approach their twenties. If we want to raise a child that will be a responsible, productive adult, who can take care of themself, we need to start paying attention to the messages we are giving our children even when they are very young. Of course, we should put having fun and allowing kids to explore their worlds first, but we should be slowly introducing money management, teamwork, household responsibility, ownership and social cooperation to our children. Start Teaching Lessons Early By the time your child is 3 you can already have them help you with easy tasks around the house. When you are doing laundry, allow your child to help you. Let them help carry the clothes or put them in the dryer or help you pour the detergent in the washer. It is fun to help mom at that age and without even saying anything you are starting to lay the foundation for teamwork, cooperation and household responsibility.
Today there are so many kids with food allergies and we want to help those families that have that additional challenge to consider when preparing food, buying food, looking for food allergy resources, and keeping their child safe.
As longtime lovers of children's picture books, we at Ziggity Zoom have to confess to having a favorite author/illustrator from way back in the early 80's. One of us was only in early grade school at the time, but you see how even small children can form attachments, early on, to their favorite books and their authors.
You can be a great example to your kids and show them what recycling is really all about on a personal level that they can help implement. Start saving items that you might normally discard that can be used for some of the fun projects here on Ziggity Zoom.