The New York Times bestseller that is a must-read for any parent!
From Beth Kobliner, the author of the bestselling personal finance bible Get a Financial Life—a new, must-have guide showing parents how to teach their children (from toddlers to young adults) to manage money in a smart way.
Many of us think we can have the "money talk" when our kids are old enough to get it…which won't be for years, right? But get this: Research shows that even preschoolers can understand basic money concepts, and a study from Cambridge University confirmed that basic money habits are formed by the age of seven. Oh, and research shows the number one influence on kids' financial behaviors is mom and dad. Clearly, we can't afford to wait.
Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not) is a jargon-free, step-by-step guide to help parents of all income levels teach their kids—from ages three to twenty-three—about money. It turns out the key to raising a money genius isn't to teach that four quarters equal a dollar or how to pick a stock. Instead, it's about instilling values that have been proven to make people successful—not just financially, but in life: delaying gratification, working hard, living within your means, getting a good education, and acting generously toward others. More specifically, you'll learn why allowance isn't the Holy Grail when teaching your kid to handle money, and why after-school jobs aren't always the answer either. You'll discover the right age to give your kid a credit card, and learn why doling out a wad of cash can actually be a good parenting move.
You don't need to be a money genius to make your kid a money genius. Regardless of your comfort level with finance—or your family's income—this charming and fun book is an essential guide for passing along enduring financial principles, making your kids wise beyond their years—and peers—when it comes to money.
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"Julia Whelan's sultry speaking style is somewhat formal sounding compared to the author's conversational tone. Nonetheless, Whelan works her way into an appealing rhythm with this cogent advice on teaching financial intelligence. Kobliner's abundant wisdom is evident from the opening chapter, which summarize the practical tenets of her approach. She shows how the major lessons of good personal finance can be delivered to each of six age groups--preschool through young adult. Whelan, sounding consistently practical as she reels off tip after tip, delivers a broader message that is grounded in developmental psychology and focused more on instilling values than accounting skills. Chapters covering the basics of good money management such as self-control, managing debt, and investing provide needed emphasis on long-term thinking for our easily distracted culture. T.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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