There are times when I can’t seem to find a book I’m interested in… the story, the genre, both at the same time. A book drought if you will. And then there are those months where I devour stories, lessons and the pages they’re written on in one fell swoop. A feast to the famine. A good soaking of words to dry ground.
While I typically have a preferred genre, and for this I even use the term loosely because to me a good story is a genre in itself, I like to expand my reading and knowledge by dipping into the self betterment category. This past week I was sent a copy of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and this book. THIS BOOK. It was a good one.
As a parent, I can say that we would never want to hinder our children’s financial future and want to give them the best foot forward, but we don’t always know where to start. Teaching how to count change? How to open a bank account? How to save? That I can do. The rest, well, let’s just say the rest I need some help with.
Kobliner talks about the struggles of raising kids that are smart with money, and just how simple it can be to introduce them to each financial concept… the great thing is that we don’t have to be an expert in the field to do it! Let the relief wash over us. Really though, reading through this manual (what I like to call, my new kid-friendly financial life manual), was more of a breath of fresh air than what it could have been, a read that makes you feel like there’s just too much to do. Beth’s writing style was easy and caring, and made it seem simple and feasible to raise our kids in a way that finances aren’t a quandary.
Of course, I had a couple of favorite chapters, like the one on chores and allowances, something I had been trying to figure out lately. I like the clear cut style of how Beth shares each principle, and the plethora of research to back it up. Another chapter that settled well with me right away? The one on giving back. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that it’s a family value of ours, and I appreciate the fresh look on ways to introduce this to our kids.
Each chapter is written in a way that is easy to break down and digest, and another plus, it’s also broken down into sub-categories and shows just how to work each concept in with each age group that may be in your home. From preschool age to the post college years, each chapter is filled with knowledge and advice on how to best teach the principles to your kiddo.
So enough of me rambling here, you can actually hear me ramble in my #FreshMommyReads book review video of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) below!