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In "The Opposite of Spoiled", Ron Lieber - the popular "Your Money" columnist for the New York Times and bestselling author - offers parents insights into how to talk openly with children throughout their lives about money and to teach them to be more generous, less materialistic and "the opposite of spoiled". No matter the reader's income level, Lieber offers every parent a guide to improving their children's understanding of money.
Lieber, who is a father as well as a personal finance columnist, believes good parenting includes a recognition that children are always aware about money and they have questions that need to be answered about what the family truly values. Parents who are reluctant to pursue these discussions lose the opportunity to model basic financial behaviors.
The Opposite of Spoiled is written in a warm, accessible voice and uses examples from families with a range of incomes. It offers practical advice on how to handle the basics where parenting, childhood, and money connect, including: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs and college tuition.
Before joining The Times in 2008, Lieber wrote the Wall Street Journal's "Green Thumb" personal finance column, was part of the start-up team at the paper's Personal Journal section and worked at Fortune and Fast Company magazines. He is the author or co-author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller "Taking Time Off". He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, fellow New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, and their daughter.
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