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

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

by Ron Lieber

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481532952
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ron Lieber is the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2008, he 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 coauthor 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.


Ron Lieber is the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2008, he 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 coauthor 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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Why We Need to Talk About Money 1

The responsibilities we never faced at their age and the power of real conversations

2 How to Start the Money Conversations 15

Curiosity, lies, and the single best reply to every hard question about money (and sex and drugs)

3 The Allowance Debates 45

Three jars, unpaid chores, and a whole lot of patience

4 The Smartest Ways for Kids to Spend 71

The hours-of-fun-per-dollar test, Grandma Dana's shopping ritual, and the importance of record-store pit stops

5 Are We Raising Materialistic Kids? 89

The tooth fairy, the travel-team dilemma, and the making of a more modest school

6 How to Talk About Giving 117

Narrating your way through gifts of $1, $1,000, and $1 million

7 Why Kids Should Work 147

Lessons from farm work, mandatory tuition payments, and a unified theory of tin can redemption

8 The Luckiest 169

Instilling gratitude, grace, and perspective in our sons and daughters

9 How Much Is Enough? 199

All about trade-offs

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 215

Bibliography 223

Index 231

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ThinksnowLS More than 1 year ago
Heard the buzz about the book, have followed the authors articles for years. Wanted to know what I did right or wrong. Always something to learn. Using the information on my grand kids,where I can. Sending a copy to my sons. So simple, so smart. Why didn't I think of it.. Lieber great read.