Your Responsibility as a Parent? Finances

Parents worldwide have a whole bunch of responsibilities. As a mother, there’s a whole lot that is going to be on your plate, and you’re going to have a lot to take care of each and every single day. That’s without thinking about your work – and of course your own life.

No matter where you are, if you are a parent, you’ve got plenty of jobs to do. Those responsibilities don’t vary much and they are almost entirely about ensuring your kids are safe, happy, healthy and that they have the best foundation possible for a good life. No matter where you live – that’s the bare minimum that you must do as the head of a family.

But you also have another huge responsibility – you need to be the accountant of the family and look after the finances. Yes – as an adult and a parent, you’re in charge of the family’s cash and this is a huge responsibility. After all – not much can be done for the family without money. You can’t buy food, or pay for a mortgage – or rent. You’re in charge of the purse strings, and that can be a hard job – almost as hard as the task you have on your hands of looking after your kids. Almost.

Finances and family

If you take your finances seriously, living from one paycheck to the next doesn’t have to be the reality. By Pixabay, Public Domain.

It’s a responsibility that you need to take seriously. Finances can make or break a family and lead to periods of extreme stress. Your family need to be safe and secure, and that includes fiscal safety. If you aren’t looking after the money of your family, then the financial security of your family is at risk – and that’s not good.

Parenting isn’t a cheap task – which can make this responsibility harder to fulfill. You’ve got to put your hand in your pocket for a lot when you are a parent – if you are not buying food, there are bills to pay. If you are not paying for bills, you’re buying clothes, if you are not buying clothes, you’ve got a mortgage to sort out. There is certainly a lot to pay for!

The financial security of your family is always going to be of paramount importance to any concerned parent – or it should be. If you take your finances seriously, you may not have to live from paycheck to paycheck. No family should be forced to scrape by, for any reason – but this can happen and if your family is scraping by because of financial mismanagement, maybe it is time to change things? If you are smart and thrifty with your cash – your family might be a bit more better off and they won’t have to scrape by any longer.

What you need to do is to set a budget – you need to record what you’re spending and what you’re taking in. When you do this, you can start to gather a clear picture of where your money is going. When you start to see where your hard earned cash is going, you can work on reducing your spend. For instance, if you are spending too much on food, you might look for deals or start to buy in bulk – or even look for cheaper ingredients.  If you can find any way – big or small to reduce the amount that you are spending every single month – you can find that you have more at the end of the month.

This is an excess and this cash that is leftover at the end of the month can lead the way to financial security for yourself and your family. Why? Well with this cash you can save up for big things. You might save it to pay more off of your mortgage; you might save it to build an emergency fund, you might save it to invest. The key thing here though is that you save so you can do something. Ideally, you’ll save so you can do all of the above.

You might use this cash excess to pay off debts – which is incredibly important. Debts affect your credit rating. If your credit rating is poor, you might find that when applying for cash loans, you find it difficult. Loans are a part of family fiscal life – especially when considering the home and any improvements made, so don’t damage your rating with debts.

As a parent you need to put your family first, so ensure your spending habits are done to help the family and not hinder them. Save up, be secure and invest in the future of your family.

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15 thoughts on “Your Responsibility as a Parent? Finances

  1. I really understand how it is. When I lived with my wife and kids, we experienced hard times but we never let our kids acknowledge it. We always found a way to keep the boat afloat.

    • Yes, now that I’m an adult I have learned that my parents had harder times – yet they never let me in on it. Kids think their home is how all homes are (usually they think that, there’s always exceptions). Thanks Alessandro for making time here

  2. Pingback: Your Premature Baby and You: Reaching Peace of Mind | When Women Inspire

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