57% of Malaysian parents provide regular financial support to their adult children, according to ‘The Power of Protection: Facing the Future’ study. However, experts state that a child’s money habits are set by the time they are seven years old. This, therefore, highlights the need to teach kids about the importance of money from a young age. One of the most beneficial ways to instill vital money management skills in young children is to use enticing games which capture their imaginations.
You can teach your child the importance of money through role-play games while they’re still a toddler. Set up a play cafe with a menu and food items, and switch between customer and waiter roles. By doing this, your child will learn the importance of choosing items within their budget. According to Totally Awesome, more than 50% of Malaysian children receive pocket money on a daily basis. Therefore, the skills learned from playing role-play games will show your offspring the value of this money and why it should be saved and not splurged.
Household debt in Malaysia is one of the highest throughout the whole of East Asia, reports The Star. Getting your kids to truly value money by playing traditional games will help to prevent them from falling into debt when they move into their own home. Monopoly is a classic board game which teaches kids about investing, saving, risk and bonuses. Pay Day is another classic which will help youngsters understand how expenses have to be considered when reviewing their cash. Additionally, it promotes the idea that you’re a winner when you save as much cash as possible.
Dungeons and Dragons is a great way to help a child get to grips with earning, saving and spending. They’ll learn the importance of weighing up the pros and cons of each of their purchases and the potential future outcome, which, in Dungeons and Dragons, could be life or death. There’s a whole host of online games, including shopping for pets, grocery shopping and filling up a piggy bank, all of which encourage children to get interactive and to think carefully about how they will afford the next item they desire.
With adult children heavily relying on their parents in order to financially get by and a high number of households in debt, every effort should be made to teach the next generation the significance of money. By playing a variety of enthralling games with your little ones, you’ll open their eyes to the world of money management, which is a key life skill.