The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Ron Lieber. Harper, $26.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-224701-8
Despite a smattering of practical advice, there’s more of the philosophical than the methodological to this primer from New York Times columnist Lieber (coauthor of Taking Time Off) on helping children, especially those in the upper middle class, to approach financial matters with responsibility, generosity, and gratitude. Lieber makes a strong argument that money is something that children notice and talk about. He believes modern American parents’ reticence on the subject bypasses the opportunity to instill both good values and important skills. Lieber advises giving honest responses to children’s questions about family finances and encouraging even affluent kids to take after-school jobs. More specific and fun suggestions include divvying up allowances between Give/Save/Spend jars, establishing the “fun per dollar” test, and making the Tooth Fairy’s arrival less of a cash grab. Assorted motivational stories touch on both the mundane (collecting bottles for deposit) and the dramatic (parents who downsized their home, at their young daughter’s urging, to free up $800,000 for charity). Lieber’s easygoing style will encourage parents to raise a new generation that’s both confident and compassionate. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Company. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/17/2014
Release date: 02/01/2015
Genre: Nonfiction
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