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I recently had the pleasure of not only obtaining a personal copy of this very informative book, but was able to attend an event for the launch party. The book is called Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not) by, Beth Kobliner.
The title of the book says it all, and I knew right away that it would apply to me. You see, I am definitely NOT a money genius, and have been struggling with this as a parent. I want my children to understand the value of a dollar, and also know how to save, invest and spend responsibly. Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not) is a set-by-step guide to help parents teach their kids about money as young as three-years-old to age 23. This book is so informative and also very easy to find. It is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or can be pre-ordered from BooksAMillion or IndieBound.
The event I attended was at an adorable café and indoor kid play-space in Walnut Creek. It was about an hour drive for me but was definitely worth it. I was able to meet and speak with other fellow bloggers and parents and get advice and share stories. It was a great experience, and I think we all came out of it with some great knowledge and shared a few good laughs.
Photo credit: Green Vintage Photography
The setup of the event was really fun and easy to relate to. It was decorated for children and took some creativity. I really wish I had brought Kolton with me because he would have loved the arts and crafts projects they had out, as well as the cupcakes and other snacks. I took so many of the ideas with me to share with him after I picked him up from school.
Photo credit: Green Vintage Photography
Beth Kobliner is one the the nation’s leading authorities on personal finance for young people and has made this book very relatable and straight forward. When it comes to talking about money around my children, I have not always known how to approach it. Kolton wants candy and toys every time we go to the store, and I admit that I usually give in. This is because I don’t want to deal with the fight in a public place. I am realizing that the more I give in, the more he will expect me to give in, and this is not teaching him anything about money. The book is full of surprises, and I was shocked to see why I should be giving Kolton cold, hard cash to help prevent him from going into credit card debt in the future! This makes so much sense after I thought about it.
Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not) features various financial chapters that are divided into the many stages of a child’s development. This made it so easy for me to follow and I could relate it directly to Kolton right now. I really appreciate the directness.
Towards the end of the book launch party, Beth Kobliner herself joined us through Facebook Live! She was able to speak about her book and answer all questions that we had in real-time. It was the next best thing to her actually being there and really helped us with some questions we had.
After the event, I picked up Kolton from school and had to share some of my newfound knowledge with my curious and vibrant four-year-old. I took the advice of Beth Kobliner and brought him home three glass jars to decorate. We labeled them, ‘SAVE’, ‘GIVE’ and ‘SPEND’. He had so much fun with this activity and we used pretend money to help him understand the concept. We discussed what he wanted to save his money for. His immediate answer was “Candy”. I am working on explaining to him that candy would go in the spend jar. But I guess he can save his money for candy also if he wants.
We used markers, stickers and jewels to decorate, and got to spend some one-on-one time in the process. I feel like with the concept of ownership over these jars he was able to decorate himself, may have helped him to want to put real money inside them. It was only play money this time, but now I know that I need to pull out more cash next time I go to the bank.
This book is a must read for new parents as well as those looking for advice when it comes to approaching their children about money and finances. Beth Kobliner is a personal finance expert, journalist, and bestselling author and this book is based on the latest research from the fields of psychology, child development, and behavioral economics. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
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