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Teach Your Children to Live Financially Smart Lives with Money As You Grow

Many children will be receiving cash and gift cards this holiday season. As parents, we know how this windfall often ends up—spent on toys that are played with once before gathering dust or frittered away a little at a time on impulse purchases.

The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability has created a website called Money As You Grow to help parents teach their children to be responsible with their money. The website breaks down the twenty financial milestones that children need to know to lead financially smart lives at different ages. Each milestone has activities you can do at home with your child. Among the milestones are:

Working with your child on these milestones will help prepare them for a financially sound life as an adult, making it easier for them to have good credit or purchase their first car or house. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has additional age-appropriate resources to help you teach your child to be responsible with their money.