The Opposite of Spoiled

  • by Ron Lieber
  • Narrated by Ron Lieber
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Good listen but not too much in depth information

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.
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- Johann

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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- Dhandforth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio