Lately we have been teaching our girls about the value of money. When I was growing up this wasn’t really discussed and I ended up not understanding the serious nature of debt. Hubby and I are determined to take a different route with our girls, our eldest seems to have a natural understanding but Miss Chelsea Belle hasn’t quite gotten it yet, she is still under the assumption that we have endless funds as long as we have a bank card available.

We think it is important for our kids to value money even at this age so they are able to make informed decisions and establish a healthy relationship with money in the future.

RBC Royal Bank has released a new iPad application, Learning Money With Leo which we have been using with Chelsea.

Learning Money with Leo features a variety of kid-friendly and interactive games (Match It game, Gather The Coinsand Spot The Differences)to teach your children everything from earning, to saving, to spending money.

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As your child plays each game they’re able to earn coins, which can be used to buy stickers for their very own virtual sticker book.

learn-money-with-leoChelsea loves the games, she can easily recognize the coins and has become quite serious about filling her virtual sticker book using the coins she earns in the games.

The application is available for free from iTunes in both English and French.  You can find out more tips on teaching your kids about money here on the RBC website.

RBC Royal Bank has provided me a $50 Visa gift card to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader!

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Disclosure – I am participating in the RBC Learning Money With Leo program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of RBC Royal Bank.  I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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83 Responses

  1. Teaching my children about money is important because they will need to have this understanding so they won’t be consumed by debt when they are older.

  2. I am a previous banker, so I know the trouble folks can get into when Money Management isn’t learned at any early age.

    Interactive games or in this case an iPad app. is a great way to teach kids but remember kids really model “good money habits”.

    1. It really is GREAT Mark, I am obviously not good at explaining money……spend 5 minutes with Chelsea and you’ll see that but this app really is teaching her!

  3. Teaching children about money is very important so that they will grow up to be financially responsible adults. Programs like this would have made my life a lot easier! I had to learn things the hard way.

  4. Kids today seem to have so much more at their disposal these days – it’s nice to see when they understand they the material objects that are so common actually cost money and the hard work that it takes to MAKE that money!

  5. I think it is very important to teach children about money at a early age so they don’t get into debt when they are older.
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  6. I think it is definitely important that our kids learn This! I’ve been working wIth my 6 yr old on this

  7. I want to see my kids learn about money in a way that I never was. I have been teaching them about saving, spending and budgeting so that hopefully that don’t have to deal with debt as I have.

  8. It is important to teach my children about money so they understand you have to earn it, respect it and become responsible about it.

  9. Teaching my kid about money is important because I want him to be responsible with money when he grows up and understand the value of a dollar

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  10. It’s important because I want my kid’s to know how to budget and live with in their means and how to save regardless of their income. Debt causes stress and I don’t want that for them.

  11. I don’t have children but teaching them about money is important to help lay the foundations for money management later in life.

  12. The app. is a fabulous idea, teaching kids in a fun way they can relate to and enjoy. They’re never too young because as you said Julie, some kids think the bank machine will simply keep giving it away.

  13. It’s so important to teach kids the value of money because too many people these days take it for granted. Kids need to know to manage money NOW so that we can all have a financially secure world in the future!

  14. I think it is really important that they know how to handle their money and really understand the value, alot of kids think it literally grows on trees lol, I found letting my kids handle their own at an early age really helped them understand how it works

  15. EARN AND SAVE. Another important factor – ALWAYS have money readily accessible in case of emergencies ! You can’t always get to a BANK with things are chaotic !

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  16. I believe it’s important to learn your independance when you are young. Especially if you are a girl. I wanted my kids to know that they can rely on themselves. I wanted their relationships to be developed with independance. I started giving them an allowance when they were five. We then had then put part of it in a jar and once a month we would deposit it to their bank account and they got to watch how it grew!

  17. I think teaching kids about money is important so they grow up responsible and know how to use money and save,and ultimately not go into debt!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  18. if you teaach children when they’re young then when they are soley responsible they know exactly how to budget to make ends meet instead of going into debt over their heads

  19. I don’t have children yet, but I wouldn’t want them to make the same mistakes that my siblings have made.

  20. My little girl is going to learn about money from when she can count – it’s the most important skill she can have!

  21. Kids need to know the difference between needs and wants and how to spend wisely. They need to learn that if they really want something, they need to save their money! If they don’t save their money, they won’t be able to get what they want.

  22. It is good to teach children about money so they grow up to be financially responsible, and not end up in debt

  23. As a family on disability, spending-money is hard to come by… my daughter needs to learn to use what is available wisely.

  24. It’s important to teach my son about money because I hear of so many adults not handling money well. I want him to learn how to be responsible with it from a young age.

  25. I think it is even more important to teach out children about money with the state of the economy and the personal debt level they need hope for the themselves to be able to be solvent when they are older.

  26. Its important that they learn the value of money and that it has to be earned so that once they have left home they will be able to manage their financial affairs

  27. I just want my kids to know that money is hard to come by. I want them to be responsible and know the value of earning and using their own money to purchase the things they want

  28. My dad taught me the importance of money and saving. Unfortunately it never got through to my eldest brother and sister. I want to make sure my kids understand the importance so they don’t have to put themselves through what my siblings have.
    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

  29. Kids need to respect people as well as their money. If they don’t treat it with care, it will do the same to you.

  30. Were nowhere near being rich or well off and everything is so expensive so they must learn the value of a dollar if they want a good future.

  31. My husband and I are in the process of learning how to properly manage our money after finally facing how much financial trouble we are in. Unfortunately, our oldest daughter is displaying the same attitudes toward money that got us into trouble. We desperately want to teach our children the proper approach to finances so they don’t end up where we are.

  32. i think having a great understanding of money and savings will help them be fully functioning autonomous adults !

  33. Teaching children about money is very important because its an essetial part of life. They are going to need to learn how to manage and maintain their money when they get older. Its great to teach them when they are young so they have a good start in life.

  34. It’s important to me that my kids understand that they have to earn money and that saving money gives you freedom in the future. I hope these lessons make them financially responsible adults so they have less stress in their lives.

  35. Teaching the kids the about saving is important. They need to learn to save up for things they want and that money does not come easy.

  36. It’s important to teach kids about money so they will understand its value.
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  37. I want my kids to grow up knowing how to handle money – how to save, to spend wisely and to be in control. I didn’t and learning it late isn’t as good as learning it early.

  38. It is important for them to learn the value of a dollar, how to spend wisely, how to save, and how to invest….best to teach this while they are young.

  39. I think they should learn how to earn money and save for things they want, and not that everything is handed to them

  40. I believe teaching kids how to save money and budget their allowance and cash gifts is really important so they don’t grow up buying with plastic or on credit and living their lives in debt.

  41. i love playing life and monopoly with my kids. It helps them to understand money. The best thing I’ve done is sponsor a child from Africa. Having the children write to each other, help them see how fortunate they really are living here.

  42. I want my daughter to be able to save money, and be able to pay off her bills each month so she doesn’t ever get overwhelmed in debt.

  43. It’s important to me because otherwise you end up a 20-something running up credit card debts or having bills paid by your parents without any concept of money or how it works.

  44. I think it’s important to teach children the value of money by teaching them to save and not waste it on things they really don’t need.

  45. kids need to know that they are not going to get everything handed to them. (esp those kids screaming in walmart)
    they need to know the difference between needing and wanting, esp as they age and hit college years. They will NEED food , they won’t need that xbox360 game

  46. Kids are being led down the garden path if they are given everything, when they go out on their own its a cold world out there, parents should prepare them for it

  47. My husband and I came into marriage with two different financial personalities. I’m a saver, a budgeter and maybe a little cheap. He’s a spender, had copious amounts of debt and didn’t care what was in his account. I want our children to be responsible, to be more like me with the ability to spend when they can or need something (took me 3 months to buy pants that didn’t fall off…). We both believe if they start now, they won’t face the same struggles he did.

  48. It is important to teach my kids about money because with more people in debt and claiming bankruptcy, the financial future is very bleak. If they learn to save and good money pratices today, hopefully they will carry them to their future

  49. I want to instil important lessons in my kids – and the value of being wise with money is a very crucial one. Kids can never be to young to learn this. :)

  50. they need to learn at a young age that money doesn’t grow on trees

    Jessica Bleasdale (JACB)
    sexxyjessi at hotmail dot com

  51. It’s important that she knows the value of money at an early age so she won’t fall into too much debt as she gets older.

  52. It’s important so that as they get older, they will be able to handle money well and not fall into debt that they can’t get out of.

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