Counting Money Games
If you have read the other articles on my blog, you know how much I advocate children learning early money management skills. The earlier children learn about money, the better. Small children can begin with counting money games. Children who learn counting money games and practice early money management skills benefit in the following ways:
- They never develop poor spending and savings habits that lead to debt later in life.
- They are taught an early sense of responsibility and make wiser choices.
- They avoid the negative connotations of money and rarely have a financial lack mentality.
- The current mentality in our society about living above your financial means and having a lot of debt will not be carried forward with this generation of children.
Reason number 4 is very important and affects us all. We can bemoan our current society’s spending habits but until we make the changes that bring about a new way of doing things, we are wasting our breath. Complaining about something is worthless unless we are backing it up with action. Teaching our children from the ages of 2 or 3 with counting money games brings about a change in their mentality. Pushing for early money management programs in our schools are equally important. Again, we should not wait for someone else to do what we can do, so teach your children financial responsibility and don’t wait for a school system to get on board before you do. Children learn best by seeing and doing something, instead of just memorizing. Here are some ways to teach counting money games to children: