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Publisher's Summary

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
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 05-15-15

It's ok

I read other people's review about him talking too much about giving. I'm ok with it but I was expecting more about how to teach kids saving and spending.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Dhandforth on 04-01-15

Important Subject: Best if your kids are under 10

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. Great ideas on how to approach the touchiest subject for families.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More "discussion" ideas for talking to the kids, and fewer envy stories. Also, advice on talking to teenagers who roll their eyes.

What does Ron Lieber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He wrote the book. So he's met almost all of the families that he's written about.

Did The Opposite of Spoiled inspire you to do anything?

Talk to my slightly older teenagers about money.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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