The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog https://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/</p></i>The subtitle is really the key to this book: this is about everything having to do with money and raising kids to be smart about it: from being honest about how much you make (and other financial matters) to learning to save, spend wisely, and give. Raising kids who aren’t spoiled isn’t a main objective so much as a side result of helping them to be wise about money. Note that it really isn’t about ways for lower income families to deal with lack of money so much as higher income families manage an abundant stream available to their kids.

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The book breaks down into sections: Talking about finances with your kids, allowance, save/spend/give, impulse control, giving to others/charities, jobs/work ethics for teens, and more. There are some excellent points made about things we take for granted: e.g., the topic on allowances was very enlightening and challenged some long held beliefs I had about how/why/when I give an allowance. As well, a section on managing teen issues such as wants/needs (brand name jeans, video games, etc.) was also very informative.

Since the book was about money, none of the emotional issues such as overparenting/helicopter parenting/doing everything for a child instead of letting them do it/fail are not discussed. I disagree with the author a bit that managing money alone will help keep children from being spoiled.  But on the single subject of finances and kids (which encompasses much more than the spoiled title), there is a lot of good information here.

Suitable for parents with toddlers through teen years (even college years, a bit), the book has a broad reach. It is an easy, if dry, read that can be finished in a few hours.  Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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