Raising Financially Confident Kids

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"Kids grow up and leave home to make their own way in the world. That's the way it's supposed to be. But these days, 85 percent of them come back to live with their parents because they're broke and in debt. Don't let this happen to you. Read Raising Financially Confident Kids today, put Mary Hunt's simple, time-tested financial plan for kids into action tomorrow, and you'll be on your way to growing money-smart kids!"--Dr. Kevin Leman, New ...
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Overview

"Kids grow up and leave home to make their own way in the world. That's the way it's supposed to be. But these days, 85 percent of them come back to live with their parents because they're broke and in debt. Don't let this happen to you. Read Raising Financially Confident Kids today, put Mary Hunt's simple, time-tested financial plan for kids into action tomorrow, and you'll be on your way to growing money-smart kids!"--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday

One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?

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.

Money can't buy your children happiness. But giving them the skills to manage their money will allow them to take control of their future and work toward successful and satisfying lives.

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist and sought-after motivational speaker who created a global platform that is making strides to help men and women battle the epidemic impact of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies and her daily newspaper column is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate, and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in California.

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In this lead title from Revell, Hunt, (Debt-Proof Living, 7 Money Rules for Life ) who lived through her own self-inflicted financial crisis, shares with readers how to raise kids with rich financial literacy and a debt-free lifestyle, sans a sense of entitlement. She outlines how to put children on a salary at the age of ten, arguing that as long as funds-on-demand are parental, there is no limit and no apparent end to resources. Depending on their age, kids are then responsible for their budget spanning over a month, be it for video games, hot lunches at school, or gifts for birthday parties. Some might find her “citations” and “no loans” system a bit rigid, but her school of hard knocks is sure to teach valuable and long-lasting lessons. Mid-text she delves into the slimy details of the advertising industry and this gets boring, but her sharp and clever style is all-around pleasing—”A bank credit card is available to most anyone who has two things: an ID and a pulse.”
VERDICT While the first few months on Hunt’s financial plan might feel like sailing on choppy waters, diligent parents will avoid the long-term toxic blend of entitlement and consumer debt, never mind the epic battles and macro-drama as a result of needing the latest . Highly recommended for public libraries, parents, and kids across America.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800721411
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 281,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living® (formerly Cheapskate Monthly™), which has 35,000 print subscribers and an average of 800,000 website hits per month. Her books have sold more than a million copies, she was the financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Developing Financial Confidence 15

2 What If My Kids Turn Out like Me? 21

3 Meet Uncle Harvey 33

4 A Plan to Call Our Own 37

5 Ready, Set, Launch! 49

6 Meltdown on Aisle 5! 55

7 Parenting-a Curious Profession 69

8 They're Coming after Your Kids 81

9 Future Debtors of America 99

10 The Trouble with Debt 111

11 Tear Down Attitudes of Entitlement 119

12 Develop Financial Intelligence 133

13 Neutralize the Glamour of Easy Spending 165

14 The Preschool Years 175

15 Ages Six through Nine 179

16 Age Ten through Teen 185

Epilogue 201

Afterword 205

Notes 207

Index 211

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Great advice!!

    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.
    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.

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  • 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.
    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.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    Have you ever just seen a book, and wondered where was this boo


    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.

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