How to Teach Children About Money in 7 Easy Steps

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  Money can be a touchy subject for kids and parents alike, but it's also a topic that needs to be discussed. We want our children to understand the value of money and how it works, but it can be tricky to discuss these concepts without sounding preachy. As a parent myself, I've found that making learning about money fun is one way to get my child interested in the topic without worrying about them feeling like we're pushing an agenda or being lectured at. Here are some fun ways that you can teach your child about money : Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. This works especially well with older children who already have a grasp on financial concepts like spending, saving, budgeting and investing. Let them create their own games using whatever they want as currency — anything from marbles to candy to paper clips could work! If they want to make up actual rules for using this new currency (f

Playing poker with your partner

There are plenty of fun things you can do with your family, but some things are just for adults. That’s the way they’re meant to be, and that’s the way they should stay. Every now and then (as often as possible in fact) it’s great to get away from the rest of your loved ones and spend some quality time with your partner, or even on your own.

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Thanks to the internet it’s more possible than it has ever been to socialise with other adults when you have responsibilities at home. Sometimes you just want a chat, but you can easily kick back and play some adult games online, like bingo and poker. Sure, it’s not the same as playing face to face; seeing every little flicker in your opponent’s eyes and working out when they’re bluffing; but I’m not a professional poker player, and I don’t have any designs on a jackpot of millions. I just want to have a little bit of fun.

It’s great playing online by yourself, but I’m particularly fond of playing iGamepoker with my partner. Sometimes we both log on and play in the same room, or different rooms and tell each other where there is a fun game. Personally I like it when he looks over my shoulder and gives me advice on what to do. I know what I’m doing myself, but sharing the excitement of online poker between us can really liven up an evening.

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