Tips On Child Life Insurance
Life Insurance policies for children are sold purely on emotion and not on true need. The advertisements and sales agents will use lines like "if you love your child..." you will protect them with a life insurance policy. They will also explain how inexpensive life insurance is for children. There are a couple of problems with this.
While the commercials and sales agents may appeal to your emotions, the financial facts are that a loss of a child will actually relieve you of a financial commitment. That's not trying to make light of the emotional devastation that comes with a death of a child for which nothing can compensate. The fact, however, when looking at it purely from a financial perspective is that a family will not have to spend as much money when they no longer have a child to care for. It cost less not having a child than having one.
Another ploy is that children's life insurance is cheap. It is inexpensive compared to adult life insurance because, plain and simply, children rarely die. While the numbers that the sales agent puts together may make children's life insurance sound like a great deal, take the time to run what you'd have if you instead invested the exact same amount used on the insurance fees into a Roth IRA and you'll find the true cost of purchasing this type of life insurance.
When purchasing life insurance, it's important to remember that its main purpose is to replace an income that is lost when one dies. A child rarely has an income. Unless your child is a child TV star or the the main source of income for your family in some other way, there is rarely a need to have life insurance for him or her.