There’s no better way to teach children valuable life lessons – like saving money – than through the power of storytelling and book reading.
Yes, even though most of today’s kids would rather play on their gadgets, it is still up to us parents to guide them properly and mold their minds.
Worth checking out are the recently published MANNY AND LIV and YAMAN BAYAN – two children’s storybooks launched by
Manulife Philippines as part of its award-winning Peso Smart financial literacy program, which teaches young students
how to save, budget, and invest money wisely.
Celebrity mom influencer Andi Manzano-Reyes and daughter Olivia, broadcast personality
Delamar Arias, and registered psychologist Dr. Raphael Inocencio shared their insights during
the launch and storytelling webinar for the two children’s books.
Delamar shared why storytelling is one of the most effective ways of teaching her kids.
“Storytelling helps our kids understand life lessons better. It helps develop their listening skills
and enables them to use their imagination at an early age,” Delamar shared. “One thing that I
learned in my parenthood journey is how storytelling helps give children the answers to what
might be some of their biggest questions, and is a meaningful way to help them develop the
values we want to teach them.”
Meanwhile, Andi shared how she and her husband teach better money habits to their daughters
and advised how other parents can do the same.
“At nine years old, I already learned the concept that money is earned, because that’s the time I
also started earning my own money. My parents served as my role models when it comes to
being financially smart and empowered, and I’m doing my best to teach Olivia and her sister the
same values and discipline so they can learn smart money habits at an early age,” Andi said.
Dr. Raphael Inocencio, founder of Better Steps Psychology support group, gave an in-depth
insight into the importance of teaching children financial literacy, even to kids as young as three
or four years old.
“When teaching kids about the concept of money, I highly recommend for parents to make
things age-appropriate and visual. Help them understand the value of saving money by showing
them how these would look, which can be in the form of a piggy bank or coins in a jar,” Dr.
What started in 2017 as a series of face-to-face classes with public school students in Metro
Manila, where Manulife Philippines employees volunteered to teach the basics of saving and
investing, has evolved into a Peso Smart program promoting financial literacy through distance
“As we work to make every day better for more Filipino families, we have evolved our Peso
Smart financial literacy program to include educational storybooks that introduce good money
habits to children. These storybooks will bond parents and children while learning together,”
Melissa Henson, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, said. “Manulife believes that
learning money management at an early age will help children make sound financial decisions
as they grow up, better equipping them to achieve their goals and secure their future.”
Earlier this year, Manulife distributed Peso Smart at-home learning kits that include an
activity book, journals, and school supplies to 100 students from Pasig City in partnership with
the Corazon Sanchez Atayde Memorial Foundation.