Again, not a subject that most parents these days want to talk about, but it used to be very common. The truth is that the chance of a healthy child dying before adulthood is very small. So, in the minds of most loving parents is the thought, “why even think about it, let alone insure my child to help pay final expenses?”
Why did it used to be common? Back when I was a child my parents carried a small whole life policy, not because they were overly concerned with my premature death, but because they wanted to pass it on to me when I reached adulthood. The problem with the whole idea was that they carried a $1000 policy and when I grew up they passed on a $1000 policy. Inflation alone had rendered the size of the policy fairly useless.
One of the best examples of a newer, better way to have child’s life insurance policy is structured something like this. You pay a very modest one time payment. Your child is insured initially for say $5,000. At certain ages the amount increases to say $10,000 and the $15,000. It kind of keeps up with inflation in that sense. At your child’s age 23, they can convert the policy to a $100,000 universal life policy WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF INSURABILITY.
All in all a juvenile life insurance policy with much more meaningful benefits if there was an untimely death, and the real jewel is locking in a child’s insurability for adulthood with a meaningful amount of insurance. This policy is priced so well that, even if it didn’t offer any death benefit at all during childhood, the premium would be worth guaranteeing your child’s adult insurability.
Why carry life insurance on your children? Because it can be a significant gift when they reach adulthood!!!
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