Financial Needs Of An Adolescent

By: Jim Brown

Parents will incur a considerable amount of debt due to the financial needs of a child. At an early age, the expenses might be clothing, blankets, diapers and formula and a car seat that by Law, they must ride in at all times. The number of pre-school children at home can be calculated into the cost of daycare used by the day, week, or month. The expenses for daycare might be different each week. The price will fluctuate because the rate of care is based on the number of hours care is provided.

A larger sized automobile might have to be purchased to accommodate the seating for all members of the growing family. Every school year, new clothes or uniforms will need to be purchased, including shoes. The financial needs extend to school enrollment fees each year and such necessities as band instruments and football cleats. School photographs will be a elective expense that parents will need to remember their moments of childhood with. When times get tough, those photographs will serve as a reminder for why parents work so hard and often.

The financial resources for a family might be drained if a child is injured on the playground. Medical expenses incurred from stitches, or a broken bone could set a family back considerably if an adequate health insurance plan is not in force. Premature births could reek havoc on the family budget because the child could be hospitalized for weeks following birth. The financial needs of an infant will outweigh the need for a vacation in the summer, or season tickets to events of any kind.

The financial needs of a teenager will evolve around socialization. Junior and senior year proms will require payment of expenses such as tuxedos and corsages. If the teenager is responsible enough to handle the financial needs of those two events, then parents might consider helping them buy a car because they have displayed maturity and are at the stage where parents can trust them to do what is right.

If lucky, a death of a parent might not occur for many years but the financial needs of an orphaned child might come sooner than some think. The financial needs of a child should be carefully planned early in life to ensure that the child has an income source to rely on which could be used to keep a roof over their head for a long time. Parents can plan for all phases in a child's life by tackling each expense responsibly

With the help of a financial planner, the parents could fulfill family financial goals by insuring that every family will receive monetary support after they are gone. They could meet those financial needs of a child head on by investing in a life insurance policy and the earlier the better because age is a deeming factor in the rates that are charged for those policies on a month-to-month basis. They could also consult an attorney and discuss financial needs of the family. They could have a Last Will and Testament drawn up that included financial arrangements for the child's care.

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