Giving Your Kid A Santa-stic Christmas

Christmas is a time for family. And, as a child, the festive period is somehow even more magical. Maybe it’s the novelty and newness of this special time of year, or maybe it’s the beauty of believing in Santa Claus. Whatever the case, you should let this childlike mindset reignite your love for the festive season too. Your goal should be to give your kid a “Santa-stic” Christmas. Here are some pieces of advice to help you on that mission.

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Set traditions.

The best way to make Christmas special for your kid is to create some family traditions. Whilst they might say they’re most excited for presents and chocolate, every child loves spending some quality time with their family (they just might not admit it for fear of losing their street cred). Traditions don’t have to be complex or expensive. You could all watch a Christmas film together in the evening or have a special festive breakfast first thing in the morning. Find something over which you and the family can bond.

Give and receive fantastic gifts.

As tough as it is for kids to grasp, Christmas is about giving as well as receiving. Obviously, we understand the pain because we were all young once. All you could think about was racing to the living room on Christmas morning and tearing into those presents waiting for you underneath the tree. Of course, it can help your child to appreciate this festive season more if they give as well as receiving; it’ll teach them that Christmas is about sharing the joy and making others happy too. Your kid might not have money of their own yet but you can take them out shopping to help them at least pick out gifts for members of the family. It’ll teach them something about the goodness of giving to others.

Of course, helping your child choose presents for others might be easier than choosing a present for them. You should definitely ask them what sort of things they have their eye on this year to avoid disappointing them but you probably want to surprise your little one too; it’s always a satisfying feeling to see their face light up. Still, you have to find that perfect gift first. It can be quite a stressful experience. You should either get them lots of little presents or one big one that’ll blow them away. The latter could make Christmas a little more memorable for them. If you want tips on choosing kids dirt bikes and other cool items that they’ll remember (and hopefully use) for years to come then you should do some research. Be a little bold with your gift-giving this year.

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Throw a party.

You might want to set the date a few days before or after Christmas but there’s nothing like a festive party to get your child and the whole family in good spirits. You could put on some games for the children so as to get them all in the spirit for the big day and the adults could drink wine in the kitchen. That sounds like the perfect Christmas to us.

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This blog post is sponsored content on behalf of BusyKid. All opinions or experiences expressed are that of my own.

I am all about teaching kids money management skills. As a single mom for most of the firstborn child’s life, I was a master at budgeting and making sure that the little money I made lasted a long time. While she may have better money management skills due to seeing me be super strict on a budget for most of her life, the boys haven’t had that same experience. As a mom to a teenager, an Asperger’s boy and a hyper boy; it’s important for me to find tools that work to teach them how to develop good financial skills. I want nothing more than to teach them how to work smarter and budget so that they can excel financially in their adult life.

I recently heard about BusyKid, this app that allows parents to give stock versus gifts this holiday season! I know, I know, surely you are wondering what in the world a kid would need with stock at the age of 10 or even 3? Well, there’s more to it, let me share more details with you.

What to Give this Holiday Season

Important FYI’s for Parents

  • Price is now $14.95 for the entire family
  • They are introducing the BusyKid Spend Card, a reloadable Visa® prepaid card, where kids can move their allowance in order to spend in stores or online
  • For a limited time, 2 kids of each new family will receive a free $10 stock. We want kids to learn how to invest so we decided to give them their first experience in dealing with the stock market.

How Does BusyKid Work?

Oh gosh, this a super easy app to use. I am not even kidding! So you sign up, set chores, set prices for chores and then the kids do the work. Ah, I love the sound of that. Every Friday the kids get to earn their allowance. At this point they can invest it in stock, they can have it as cash, they can spend it, whatever they desire. Use BusyKid to teach your kids how to invest, save and spend money easily. This is by far the best gift this holiday season because it helps to keep your home clean, the kids learning skills that they need as adults and parents to not get a headache trying to nag kids.

What to Give this Holiday Season

Why Kids Need Financial Guidance at Home

Basic financial topics such as saving, investing, budgeting, credit, taxes, loans should be taught with the same importance as reading, writing, math and science in our schools. It’s not the fault of teachers, but we aren’t preparing our children properly to face a world of hard financial decisions. In a recent study, the majority of parents received a grade of C or worse when it came to understanding basic finance. When questioned, about 80% of parents agreed that paying a child this weekly allowance as a great way to teach their kids money management.

What to Give this Holiday Season

You don’t need to pay your kids $5 a chore, with BusyKid you can easily assign the price per chore and let the kids earn a little bit. Heck, my trio only earns about $2 per week on average and they are mopping floors, vacuuming, taking the trash out, loading and unloading dishwasher; just to name a few things. The house is cleaner and my 3 kids are actually discussing good money spending habits between the three of them, it’s rather cool to witness how BusyKid can help inspire siblings to discuss finances and learn from each other.

So what are you waiting for? Parents … go on buy stock, not gifts this holiday season so that your child can be set up for financial success in their adult life.

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