Basic Money Skills Your Child Should Have by Age 10

The world Financial Literacy Month is not only a time to evaluate your money skills but also the financial skills of your child. There are certain milestones your child should reach by the time he or she is 10 years old. “In a world where financial security is uncertain at best, ignorance is not bliss.

So however much anxious we may feel about money. We don’t know enough about it. Kids should preserve their innocence as long as possible—we cannot allow these feelings to cause us to pass financial ignorance on to another generation. Here are some of the financial lessons your child should learn by the age of 10.

Basic Money Skills Your Child Should Have by Age 10

The ability to differentiate needs from wants

Young children often have trouble telling the difference between a true want and a true need. Everything seems like a need for children.

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It will be important to teach them to delay gratification so that they can devote their financial resources to what is absolutely important, like saving for a rainy day.

When trying to teach your children about needs versus wants, consider pointing out items like food and clothing as you shop and ask them to tell you which category each fits in to. Understanding the difference between needs and wants is a bedrock concept that can lead to a lifetime of better financial decision making. Needs include the basic things we need to survive – food, clothing, and shelter.”

The value of saving money

If you gift your child some money, this is the perfect opportunity to teach him or her about setting aside some cash for savings. When your child is younger, buy a piggy bank and add coins and birthday money. Between the ages of 3 and 5, your child should understand that it takes money to purchase things. As your child gets older, set up a kid’s bank account and teach the basics of banking. Several banks such as KCB, family bank and KWFT have special bank accounts just for kids.

The basics of investing

Once your child reaches 10, they should understand what a stock is and how to go about purchasing one. You can aid the learning process by exposing your child to games about stocks to make it fun. The Stock Market Game is one tool to consider. This game allows users to test their skills by investing with virtual cash. “While minors can’t own stocks or open brokerage accounts in their own names, parents can set up custodial accounts for their kids. You simply complete a form with the child’s name and your name as the custodian.

The dangers of online scams

To wrap up, by the age of 10, your youngster should have an understanding of the dangers of sharing personal financial information on the internet, such as credit card and bank account numbers. Websites such as can give you tips for keeping your child safe online.

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Brian is a founding writer at Urban Kenyans. His work is focused on how to improve the digital literacy of Kenyans online. He has been able to do so with his mastery of Kenya and the English Language.

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