We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don't answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.
Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is a practical guidebook for parents that is rooted in timeless values. Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues—like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective—that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.
In The Opposite of Spoiled, Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that will help every parent embrace the connection between money and values to help them raise young adults who are grounded, unmaterialistic, and financially wise beyond their years.
©2015 Ron Lieber (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
As a parent and step parent to 5 kids, this book reaffirmed how I feel kids should be raised with regard to money. We are in the adult-making business and this is an excellent guide to doing it right!
Yes. Great ideas on how to approach the touchiest subject for families.
More "discussion" ideas for talking to the kids, and fewer envy stories. Also, advice on talking to teenagers who roll their eyes.
He wrote the book. So he's met almost all of the families that he's written about.
Talk to my slightly older teenagers about money.
The narrator was the author and the reading was mostly fluid. The beginning and middle of the book seemed on target and informative but strayed at the end with too much on giving and charities. For me, I think the book was worth the audible credit but I would not pay cash for it.
This book does provide many suggestions for answering common kids question concerning money so it accomplishes what it says it does.
I will probably give this a second listen to remember the responses better.
I tried to listen to this several times but it is just too annoying. The audio voice is tiresome. He keeps going on-and-on about simple points--get to the meat already!
Thoughtful, reasoned, limited.
His voice was really sincere, and even though he was talking about things like, well, being rich, his frankness did not feel put on. Additionally, his delivery was so clear that I listened mostly at 1.5 speed, but could go up to 2x without losing content.
It was a relief to hear someone tapping the brakes on the consumption marathon.
This book has great advice for all parents, but it may feel ridiculous if you're not a high income earner. People who have difficulty making ends meet are going to have a different set of priorities when it comes to teaching their kids about money, and this book may not be the best source for practical ideas.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
Most of the time when the author is the narrator I don't enjoy it unless the author is a character. Ron Lieber is a writer for the New York Times and I don't think I've read his column before and I don't see myself reading it in the future.
There is very little wrong with the book but I didn't enjoy it but luckily it was short enough that I was able to plow through it in two short bursts.
The point of view, and this is probably why I didn't enjoy the book, was it had a conversational tone of a white agnostic upper middle class Mahattanite New Yorker. I've listened to other audiobooks by journalists about children and though they were also upper middle class and some agnostic-maybe, I didn't find them too alien.
I guess it would have helped to have been more familiar with Lieber's articles before getting the book to get the tone, as some journalists' books are just an extended long playing version of their articles.
I didn't hate it. I just didn't like it.
This book was a collection of stories and suggestions for how to interact with kids of all ages about money. The book lacked real punch, but was overall interesting.
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