Mr Leach says he too had trouble saving money growing up as a teen and sometimes still faces that difficulty. He's made sure his kids don’t have the same troubles.
“I’ve set up a few trust fund accounts to save funds for the little ones and have taught them how money works and the importance of earning your own money, and all work is honourable and not to look down on people who don’t work in undesirable jobs.” Mr Leach said.
He also worries that his kids might be at risk in the future, with the fraud becomming more and more prevalent.
Does having physical money affect how we value it?
Many parents like Mr Leach feel an inability to help their children understand the value of money with it being less and less common as time goes by, fearing their kids might not ever use money with the rise of digital banks future technologies.
But, could there be an effective way to prevent a total disconnect ?
Child Psychologist Andrew Greenfield has been working with families and children for over 20 years and has seen how parental challenges have had to evolve with technology.
He believes exposing young children to coin collecting could help re-connect children to physical money.
“Like the research shows, tech is often one of the biggest parental challenges today and I welcome [coin collecting] initiatives to encourage children and their families to engage with each other offline,” Mr Greenfield said.
One factor that concerns Mr Greenfield in younger kids, is the inability to learn the value of money if they can’t see it.
“It’s a little concerning because they don’t know how much things cost if they don’t frequently use and see money, and they don’t worry about it because that thought process isn’t there,” He said.
While the lack of money won’t have major psychological effects on children according to Mr Greenfield, learning the value of what things cost and having the responsibility will help kids understand how to handle money in the future.
Collecting coins can help the younger generation better value money
CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, Ross MacDiarmid believes coin collecting could bring back the value of money to the younger generation.
“The poll findings demonstrate the importance of collecting and saving coins for the financial literacy of Australia’s young people,” said Mr MacDiarmid
Mr Greenfield agrees, adding that coin collecting can help parents begin the conversation.
“What we often refer to as ‘quiet play’ or ‘old-fashioned play’, like collecting coins, is an excellent way to help children develop important skills like patience and persistence." Mr Greenfield said.
The Royal Australian Mint has launched the nation’s first ever coin hunt, Australia’s Dollar Discovery. The initiative was designed to help encourage parents and kids to better engage with coins.
The hunt encourages people to find the treasure, which consists of Australian $1 coins marked with either the letter A, U or S released into circulation.
Australian Mint CEO says the initiative comes at a crucial time.
“At a time of growing ‘intangibility’, the Mint is delighted to have launched a program that encourages a whole new generation of collectors both young and old, who will not only collect these coins but also be reminded of the value of a dollar,” Said Mr MacDiarmid