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Posted August 11, 2012
In Raising Financially Confident Kids, financial expert Mary Hunt draws from solid statistics and her own hard-won knowledge and experience as a mom who made it back from the brink of financial ruin to help you teach your children how to handle money responsibly. From preschool through the teen years, every stage of your child's development is covered, including how to talk to them about money at each age, how to help them start saving money and giving it away, and how to avoid the pitfalls of easy credit and a culture built on debt.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book opened my eyes to how I do need to be more pro-active in teaching money to our kids. Mary Hunt gives a great idea of starting your kids off with a salary instead of calling it an allowance. Part is put into savings. Part of it is given away. And the rest is spending money. There is so much more behind these three things. More ideas and descriptions as how you may want to teach your kids. One thing I liked was that in the "giving away" section, she and her husband taught their sons that the giving part doesn't have to be to church. It could be to someone who is in need. A charity. Someone at school who is going through a hard time. And even church. But with it there are no strings attached. And nothing expected in return.
Mary does a great job writing this as it is an easy read, yet chalked full of great ideas if you have kids at home and want to teach them how to live debt free as adults.
Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted August 10, 2012
Must Read for Parents
I picked up Raising Financially Confident Kids by Mary Hunt because educating them about finances is very important to me and I want to start now, while they are very young.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I do not want my children to grow up with a sense of entitlement. I want them to walk around each day with a profound sense of gratitude and a heart bent toward sharing with others. (I want that for myself as well!)
I had some specific things I wanted to take away from the book (how do you talk to your preschooler about money, when do you start allowances, what about those tricky teen years) but honestly, I did not expect to enjoy reading it.
I don’t need to be convinced that debt is bad for your relationships, and that debt free living allows you to better serve the Kingdom.
I’m already sold.
So I sort of expected to skim over the “yeah, we’re already doing that” parts and focus on the sections that applied to me.
I didn’t do much skimming.
Raising Financially Confident Kids was not only packed with useful information, it was a very enjoyable and quick read.
There are chapters for all stages of development, and great advice on shielding our children from consumerism and tearing down attitudes of entitlement. I’ll be pulling this out again as my kids get older to refresh my memory on how to explain things like compound interest and helping them see the “lie” in advertisements (if you have this toy you’ll be popular, etc.).
The “salary” plan that they implemented with their own boys over twenty years ago intrigued and terrified me! It’s hard to argue with the results, and it certainly gave her sons the opportunity to learn how to manage money while still in the safety net of the home. I’m a few years away from that point with my own sons, but I can see us using a version of this method down the road.
I highly recommend Raising Financially Confident Kids to parents of children of all ages.
“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
The super fine print: The fine folks at Revell sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to give a positive review.
Posted August 7, 2012
Have you ever just seen a book, and wondered where was this boo
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Have you ever just seen a book, and wondered where was this book twenty years ago? This book is one of those books. After I started reading it, I was really wishing I had this book when my children were babies. Now my son is an adult and I am thinking, is there any way to apply these principles to help him. Still studying on that one.
This is a book every parent of young children should have in their hands. It is a life tool. Truthfully I think this is an ideal baby shower gift. Even as an adult you can learn from this book.
A great book, easy to read, quick read! You will not want to miss this life tool!
The back of this book states that "the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money." This statement says it all about this book. This book will show you how to do that very thing!
Put this book on your reading list, especially if you are the parent of younger children. 204 pages US $12.99 5 stars.
Available August 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this book.