More than a third of Australian parents are borrowing money from their child's piggy bank or account for urgent expenses, a new survey shows.
And nearly 30 per cent are lying to their children about money, the survey by the Financial Planning Association says.
The findings followed a national survey of 1003 Australian parents with children aged between four and 18 between June 13 and 25.
Parents also admitted to not always being above board in their dealings with their children about money, with 38 per cent borrowing money from their child's piggy bank or bank account for urgent expenses and 29 per cent lying to their children about money.
The findings showed Australian parents are stressed and concerned about their children's financial future, with more than two in five admitting they believe their children will lack the skills to become financially successful upon independence.
"In fact, three-in-five (62 per cent) parents believe their children's generation will be financially worse off than their own," the survey found.
This was despite parents saying the Invisible-Money Generation were more confident, financially literate and curious about money matters than they were at the same age.
However, working teenagers were more prepared for the future, showing a greater interest in learning about taxes and superannuation than those without a job.