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Financial Literacy: A Family Affair - Cultivating Fiscal Wisdom in Our Children


Financial wisdom isn't an exclusive trait to be inherited by adults, but a torch to be passed down through generations kindled during childhood fueled throughout adolescence and carried forward into adulthood. But this process of financial education requires subtlety, ensuring that the seeds of fiscal understanding are sown in a manner that doesn't overwhelm but empowers our young minds.

Surprisingly, financial literacy is not as widespread in Canada as one might hope. According to a recent Ipsos survey commissioned by MNP LTD , a small fraction of Canadians, merely 15%, confidently state they possess robust financial literacy skills, this lack of knowledge is not an isolated issue with only one-third of Canadians believing that their fellow Canadians possess this critical knowledge. This being said it is important that you cultivate fiscal wisdom in your children from an early age, here are a couple of practical ways you can do so.  

Start Early

Starting early is key, financial education should be fostered early in your child’s life. Everyday situations such as going to the corner store or receiving an allowance can provide an excellent opportunity to introduce concepts like budgeting, smart spending and saving habits.  A study that was conducted by Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) has indicated that adults that received a comprehensive financial education at a young age were much more capable of managing their financial resources than their counterparts that did not.  

Teachable Moments

Every day offers a unique pallet of teachable moments that are tailored to the introduction of financial concepts. These moments, when seized appropriately, can serve as cornerstones for a child's financial understanding, for example, a visit to the grocery store could become a lesson in price comparison and budgeting, and Paying bills might turn into a valuable discussion about the cost of essential utilities and the importance of conserving resources.

Equally crucial is the habit of setting financial goals. Be it saving for a much-coveted toy or a special event; teaching children to set and work towards these goals helps foster an understanding of delayed gratification, patience, and strategic planning. Further, instilling wise spending habits is paramount. Encourage them to think critically about their purchases. Is the item a 'need' or a 'want'? Can the same joy be derived from a less expensive alternative? By questioning and contemplating, children learn to prioritize and make informed spending decisions, skills they will carry into adulthood.

Use Tools and Resources

There are many age-appropriate resources that you can utilize to enhance your child’s financial knowledge. There are many books, games and videos that are not only fun but also make the learning process enjoyable. The key is to ensure that your child is engaged, you can achieve this by encouraging them to ask questions and be curious when it comes to these topics.

The Last Word

The edifice of a sound financial future is constructed not through instantaneous decisions but is the result of a consistent, early, and comprehensive financial education. Through seemingly simple actions like early financial lessons, recognizing teachable moments, and utilizing available tools and resources, we can equip our children with the fiscal wisdom they need. In doing so, we are not merely teaching them how to handle money; we are fostering resilient future adults capable of making informed decisions.

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- Mitchell Cathcart, Marketing Assistant, Kondwelani Kalinda, Licensed Assistant & Financial Planning Associate and Grant White, Portfolio Manager at Endeavour Wealth Management with iA Private Wealth, an award-winning office as recognized by the Carson Group. Together, Endeavour Wealth Management provides comprehensive wealth management planning for business owners, professionals and individual families.

This information has been prepared by Mitchell Cathcart Marketing Assistant, Kondwelani Kalinda, Licensed Assistant& Financial Planning Associate and Grant White, Portfolio Manager for iA Private Wealth and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of iA Private Wealth. The information contained in this newsletter comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned. The information contained herein may not apply to all types of investors. The Investment Advisor can open accounts only in the provinces in which they are registered.  

iA Private Wealth Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. iA Private Wealth is a trademark and business name under which iA Private Wealth Inc. operates.


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