Money habits and children

​On a family holiday in US recently, I noticed my sister-in-law engaging her children in money games. Each of her two kids earned themselves $20 as Rakhi allowance. A pre-schooler and a 4th grader then set out to making the best use of their moolah.

Let me add the money was not handed out easily, it was almost labor of love because the kids were made to sit for a small puja followed by an Indian meal (right till plates were empty) and then finishing up some study time. It also came with a rider that screen time, bad behavior, sibling fights will lead to deductions from this amount. Must I  add, this was the best possible outcome since we had the calmest kids in company for one whole day.
Now comes the part which pleasantly surprised me. The kids accompanied us to a nearby mall. I left the kids with their mom for their shopping while I decided to lose my way in Macy’s. The disney store, play zone, toy shop were visited one after another.

A couple of hours later we met to grab a bite together and I saw nothing purchased. I was told, “Well, we are doing a recce”. Post eating, my shopping ensued and so did theirs. Atlast, I gave up after having scoured Sears, Dillard’s and a few other stores. I met the kids & mom to find major discussions about latest spiderman costume, pack of cards, barbie set, glitter colors. Soon the money was less for our boy here and loans were sought and sanctioned from sister, but not without conditions of her taking the favourite seat in car on way back home. Somehow plans changed and our man traded the costume with a copy of ‘Diary of a wimpy kid’. Now he was in surplus. Rakhi feeling finally dawned on him and he gifted his sister much sought glitter colors, saving the balance for piggy bank.
At this point, their money was far from over. But my realization had come on the importance and ways to giving children an early start to money habits.

What’s your dream, Mom?

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There ain’t a  mother without dreams for her children. This is true for fathers too but nothing like a mother’s innate love and desire for her kids’ bright future.

Through cinemas, tv commercials, and other media forms, we have grown up picturing a sacrificial mother – Mother India rings a bell? Giving up her own pursuits, subjecting herself to odds at work or around the house yet giving unflinching, unrelenting care is the hallmark of an Indian Mother.

But honestly, other than your love and encouragement, what does your child need to realize those big dreams? The right answer would be – Financial Planning. Have you thought about back of hand calculations of cost of child education? Right from start to higher studies. In future it may touch a few crores. And what about expenses along the way – lifestyle, indulgences for him / her like a holiday, a swanky gadget, special coaching if your child is in performing arts or sports? And Oh wait! The big fat indian wedding is not even getting accounted for. Let’s not get there, as they say.

We know raising kids is by no means economical. Then why not be smart about it and have an investment plan around it? Merely saving up is not sufficient since inflation bites hard into savings. Today’s earnings have to be channelized to meet demands later. Question is, how do you do it? Well it’s nothing short of a scientific process, but an easy one. Through this blog, we will be your friend and guide to make dreams possible. We will give out simple tools, methods and suggestions so you would be able to set your personal & financial goals, make right choices of investments and accomplish your goals.. So you Mom, won’t just be a dreamer, but also an achiever.