Money management tips for children by Mark Boardman

Here are some important points to cover along with examples and quotes for when discussing pocket money and money management with your children. I say this as a father of 3 children and it is never easy to do all the tasks in life but life skills do include finances and investing in your self and health:

  1. The importance of teaching financial literacy:
    • “Children need to develop a solid understanding of money from an early age to make responsible financial decisions later in life.”
    • Examples: Teach them about budgeting, saving, and the value of money through practical activities like creating a budget for their pocket money or setting savings goals for desired items.
  2. Introducing the concept of pocket money:
    • Pocket money is a valuable tool for teaching children financial responsibility and independence.”
    • Examples: Explain how parents can decide on an appropriate amount based on their family’s financial situation, the child’s age, and any tasks or chores they may have. Emphasize the importance of consistency and regularity in providing pocket money.
  3. Encouraging saving habits:
    • “Teaching children to save helps instill patience, delayed gratification, and long-term planning.”
    • Examples: Encourage children to divide their pocket money into different categories (spending, saving, and giving) and discuss the benefits of saving for future goals, such as a new toy or a special outing.
  4. Setting financial goals:
    • “Goal setting empowers children to work towards something they desire and understand the value of saving.”
    • Examples: Encourage children to set achievable goals, such as saving a certain amount of money within a specific timeframe, and help them track their progress. Discuss the satisfaction and pride they will feel when they achieve their goals.
  5. Learning through mistakes:
    • “Allowing children to make financial mistakes in a controlled environment helps them learn valuable lessons.”
    • Examples: Discuss situations where children may spend their pocket money impulsively and later regret it. Emphasize the importance of discussing these free experiences with children, helping them understand the consequences, and learning from them.
  6. Encouraging responsible spending:
    • “Teach children to make thoughtful spending choices by considering value, quality, and long-term benefits.”
    • Examples: Discuss the importance of comparing prices, reading product reviews, and avoiding impulsive purchases. Encourage children to think critically about their spending choices and make informed decisions.
  7. Money management beyond pocket money:
    • “Children can expand their money management skills through additional opportunities like small businesses or part-time jobs.”
    • Examples: Talk about how children can learn entrepreneurial skills by starting a small business like a lemonade stand or pet-sitting service. Discuss how part-time jobs or volunteering can teach them about earning money, managing their income, and giving back to the community.

Remember to provide practical tips, share personal anecdotes or success stories, and engage with interactive learning and engaging content.

Mark Boardman is a freelance journalist, celebrity and culture expert, content creator, copywriter and showbiz editor and founder of and is best known for promoting London film premieres besides being a regular guest on BBC Radio London.

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Mark Boardman
Mark Boardman
Mark Boardman is an established showbiz journalist and freelance copywriter whose work has been published in Business Insider, Daily Mail, Bloomberg, MTV, Buzzfeed and The New York Post amongst other press. Often spotted on the red carpet at celebrity events and film screenings, Mark is a regular guest on BBC Radio London and in-demand for his opinions for media outlets including Newsweek. His TV credits include This Morning, The One Show and T4. Email

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