When you think about the future of your children, you cannot help but think if they will be managing their money well. As a parent, you probably feel a pressure to do your best teaching your kids about money. And this is not an easy task as the money is yet too abstract to them. Unless you start thinking like a child yourself. Anticipating a wish… Can you still remember?
“When parents speak to their children about wishes, they might mention their own dreams. They can start with a game such as: “If you could wish for anything, what would it be?” as a way to find out what’s on their kids’ minds, and what their dreams are.” – Saving is Easier with a Goal (Link)
Just as a little inspiration, this is how we play the money saving game:
– Make a wish – My 6yo and I have a little notebook where we collect her wishes: a book, a kitten, an ice cream every Sunday, a photo camera. The priorities are constantly shifting, but once she feels this is what she wishes for so badly, first we check if the price is reasonable, then we can decide to buy immediately or start collecting money for it (or use our Digipigi app – My previous article from 22.09.2017).
– Make the wish growing – Anticipation is what makes any wish grow bigger in the imaginative world of a child and creates the most lasting memories. Whatever comes to the play, be it a pocket money or rewards, she would have to learn to wait patiently saving every Rappen that gets her further to the final sum.
– Make the wish come true – It might take a few month but when the wish is finally granted, the joy of achievement spreads to everyone involved in making the wish come true. Now we can just cross it down and start looking forward to the new one.
“People save up for many different reasons. Frequent reasons for saving are for things you want, for unexpected events, and for old age.“ – Viva Kids (Link)