Bratproofing Your Children: How to Raise Socially and Financially Responsible Kids

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As a parent, you want your children to grow up to become self-motivated, financially savvy, contributing members of society who maintain a deeply satisfying adult life. This is why it is essential to “bratproof” your children against turning into spoiled, egotistical materialists who feel entitled to misbehave and take their lives for granted.

This book will help you raise emotionally healthy kids who will grow to become mature, well-rounded adults. Protect your children from ...

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Bratproofing Your Children: How to Raise Socially and Financially Responsible Kids

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Overview

As a parent, you want your children to grow up to become self-motivated, financially savvy, contributing members of society who maintain a deeply satisfying adult life. This is why it is essential to “bratproof” your children against turning into spoiled, egotistical materialists who feel entitled to misbehave and take their lives for granted.

This book will help you raise emotionally healthy kids who will grow to become mature, well-rounded adults. Protect your children from the potentially negative influences of a life of privilege and blinding effects of America’s abject consumerism by instilling these seven positive character traits:

• High self-esteem
• Joy and optimism
• Serenity
• Hard work and thrift
• Loving kindness
• Forgiveness
• Integrity

These will help give your children a sense of purpose while providing direction and clarity to their lives. Instead of seeking guidance through wealth or a misplaced notion of superiority, your children will develop a strong “work ethic” centered on selflessness, sacrifice, and ambition.
This book offers simple, practical strategies you can integrate into daily parenting to help you effectively raise your child. A vital precept of this work is how to instill an obligation of financial responsibility in your son or daughter, and protecting your wealth from being decimated because they are unprepared for the financial realities of life. The book’s clear-cut analysis of the fundamentals of wealth transfer, discussion of the use of trusts, and detailed instruction regarding how to build a lasting legacy through charitable donations prepares you to discuss these complex topics with your advisors as well as your inheritors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620875766
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis D. Solomon is a research professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he has taught federal taxation as well as trusts and estates for twenty-nine years.

Janet Stern Solomon is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Business School and a human resources consultant.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Introduction     11
How to Protect Your Children from the Potentially Negative Influences of Your Wealth     17
Your Responsibilities in Raising Your Children: Five Rules to Remember     19
The Key to Child Rearing: Impart Seven Positive Character Traits     31
Four Personal Character Traits: High Self-Esteem, Joyfulness and Optimism, Serenity, Hard Work, and Thrift     37
Three Interpersonal Character Traits: Lovingkindness, Forgiveness, Integrity     59
Dealing with Outside Influences and Their Impact on Character Development     75
How to Protect Your Wealth from Being Destroyed by Your Children and Grandchildren     83
Money Matters and Character Development: How to Raise Financially Fit Children     85
Wealth Transfer Basics: How to Better Understand Your Attorney, Accountant, and Financial Planner     111
How to Use Trusts to Transfer Your Wealth to Your Children and Grandchildren     125
Suggestions for Handling Family Business Succession     143
Creating and Leaving a Legacy     163
Conclusion: Redirecting Negative Character Traits, Attitudes, and Behaviors     183
Index     193
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