For years, children were left out of the equation when it came to raising money for college tuition and the education they need.
Now, they can join the ranks of the millions of kids who can afford to go to college.
But how do we help them make the most of their education, and make it as affordable as possible?
Here are six ways to help children get ahead.1.
Teach them math, science, history, or geography.
As a child, your parents taught you the basics of how to read and write, and how to use math to solve problems.
The rest of the time, your primary school teacher taught you about science, geography, and math.
But if you can get kids to use these basic skills, they’ll do well in college and later in the workforce.
Learn how to write math equations and learn to read a map in your head, or use math skills to figure out how much money you’ll owe next semester.2.
Raise a family.
The biggest problem children have is getting by.
They’re expected to work hard for every penny, and it’s very difficult to raise a family if you don’t have a steady job.
Teach your children to set aside money for a rainy day, and set aside a little extra money each month to help pay the bills.
Teach children how to budget their money.3.
Make it fun.
Children will often be too scared to ask their parents for money, and if they do ask, they may not know how to do it.
When they do get the chance to ask, ask them for something fun.
For example, you can play an old favorite card game, a game your parents played when you were young, or have your children play a game where you pick a color to represent each of the eight colors in the rainbow.
Kids will like this game.4.
Be a leader.
Don’t just make money on the side.
Kids can learn from their teachers, their parents, and their teachers’ peers, and they’ll make better decisions in college than their parents and their parents’ peers.5.
Help them feel comfortable.
Your child might be worried about how others will react to them or what they’ll be doing with their money, but the truth is, kids will make better choices when they feel comfortable around other people.
For that to happen, they have to feel like they have an idea of what they want to achieve and how they want it to be realized.
Children who feel comfortable with themselves and others are more likely to take action on their own behalf.6.
Encourage your child to take a break.
Kids who want to learn to make good decisions on their money and the environment have a hard time when they have a lot of schoolwork to do.
Kids with less time to make money need to spend less time in the classroom and more time doing things outside of school.
Encourage your kids to take time off to be with family, or to do something else they enjoy.
For a break, take them to a local movie theater, to the zoo, to a park, to an outdoor field.
Encourage them to do these things to make the world a better place.