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Teach your kids how to manage money wisely and learn how to protect them from the pitfalls of easy credit, an attitude of entitlement, and a chummy relationship with debt. Sharing proven principles and her own hard-won experience, finance expert Mary Hunt also shows you how to give your kids expanding financial responsibilities during each stage of childhood - from preschool through high school.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721411
ISBN-13: 9780800721411

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It's natural to want your kids to have a secure future. But when it comes to teaching the next generation how to handle money, parents are failing. Still there is hope! Financial expert Mary Hunt shows parents how to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with money--even if the parents themselves have made financial mistakes along the way or are struggling financially right now.

Drawing from solid statistics and her own hard-won knowledge and experience, Hunt helps parents protect their children from the financial pitfalls of easy credit, an attitude of entitlement, and our culture's chummy relationship with debt. From preschool through the teen years, every stage of a child's development is covered, including how to talk to them about money, how to help them start saving money and giving it away, and how to manage money wisely.

Author Bio

Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living® (formerly Cheapskate Monthly™), which has 35,000 print subscribers and an average of 800,000 website hits per month. Her books have sold more than a million copies, she was the financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in California.

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Real-World Guide to Debt-Proof Your Kids

Syndicated Personal Finance Columnist Shares Practical Advice, Personal Experience

Our children are being groomed to become world-class consumers, and they are well on their way to becoming future debtors. The next generation is being manipulated by the advertising and consumer-credit industries who tell them they are entitled to whatever they want, when they want, but with little thought on how to pay for it. Unless parents intervene, statistics indicate that the majority of kids will lead a life severely impacted by consumer debt.

It's easy for parents to get hung up on the mundane side of parenting -  cooking, cleaning, carpooling -  and forget to teach money management skills. At best, parents have 18 years to teach their kids how to manage money skillfully. Failing to do that sets kids up for a lifetime of miserable debt. But there is hope and help for parents.

Personal finance expert Mary Hunt prepares readers to debt-proof their kids in Raising Financially Confident Kids. Readers learn how to develop a unique debt-proofing plan designed specifically for their children that will tear down attitudes of entitlement, build financial intelligence and neutralize the glamour of easy spending. Debt-proofed kids are guided by a set of values having to do with money, credit and debt.

Hunt shares her own experiences raising two sons, who are now financially responsible adults, and gives hope to parents in every financial situation. Her family was $100,000 in debt before they saw their sons' entitlement issues and realized the importance of teaching their 8 and 7-year-old the basics of money management. There is good news for parents in financial crisis; they will learn alongside their kids and grow together as a family as they begin to educate themselves and change their outlook on money.

In Raising Financially Confident Kids Hunt takes on the nuts and bolts of debt-proofing your kids and gives practical advice for parents. Hunt systematically lays out her proven method, which is tailored for preschoolers through high school and designed to help parents:

  • Transform their children into effective money managers.
  • Educate their children and steer them away from consumer debt to protect their future.
  • Gradually turn over the money required for their care and support to their children.
  • Trust their children to be good stewards of a portion of the family's resources.
  • Engrain money management skills in their children so the lessons will last a lifetime.

According to Hunt, "It takes relatively little effort to teach kids about money, and the payoff is enormous. If you are diligent to work this teaching into the normal course of family life, it will come as naturally as teaching kids good manners or how to do laundry. It will be as ordinary as teaching them how to mow the lawn or wash the car."


Mary Hunt's book Raising Financially Confident Kids provides a lot of pragmatic advice on how to instill fiscal responsibility in youngsters. Hunt shares scary research (p. 108) that shows that 87% of high school students say they do an excellent job of managing their money, yet only 4% understand what mutual funds are, only 4% accurately understand Social Security, only 5% can correctly explain compound interest, and only 7% comprehend how life insurance works. No wonder we are a nation with more than half the population dependent on welfare, assistance, food stamps, loans, and credit cards.

To counteract this financial knowledge void, Hunt offers functional directives. She thinks young people should write out a mission statement with specific life goals. They should learn to create and follow a budget. She even says that as children grow older, they should become less reliant on their parents by being handed a "responsibility list" in which they will begin to pay for their own entertainment, special clothes, jewelry, and other fringe benefits. They also should be responsible for doing work at home and, in time, hold down an outside job. America's children spend $30 billion per year on themselves and influence another $100 billion spent by their parents and grandparents. Yet, they grow up poor very often.

Although this book has charts, lists, formulas, plans, outlines, and lessons, it is all presented from a secular perspective. There are no Bible stories of the widow's mites or instructions regarding tithes and offerings nor details about the parable of the talents or anything strictly religious. There's a quick reference to Moses (p. 79) and a quote from a book by Charles Swindol, but precious little else of solid biblical teaching about financial responsibility. Thus, this is a functional book for teaching children about money, but it is not a text for explaining solid biblical principles about fiscal liabilities and management. - Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Northern Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A true guidebook to dept-proof kids!!
    August 12, 2012
    Northern Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is not just useful for dept-proofing your children. It is easily the most useful thing I have read to help anyone begin to practice financially-sound money habits. Raising Financially Confident Kids presents the basics of dept-free living in a simple and easy to understand format. Mary Hunt is a superb writer, who somehow manages to combine sound principles with an engaging voice that keeps you turning the pages to the very end, and never more excited to learn about money management. I can't wait to get my hands on her other books!
  2. Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great tool to teach kids about finances
    August 12, 2012
    Faith and Family Reviews
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Money. Something that your child will have to manage for their entire life so why not start teaching them young? Teaching kids about money can be a long process filled this mistakes and life lessons, but a brand new book is making the process easier.

    Raising Financially Confident Kids by Mary Hunt is a great book for any parent wanting to teach their kids how to manage money for the rest of their lives. This book doesn't just teach you how to train your five year old to save, spend, and give-it also shows parents easy ways to get their teenager to manage their money wisely and to earn money without relying on mom and dad.

    I loved Mary Hunt's writing style. She is funny, yet shares her wisdom in such a way that you are never bored. I really enjoyed reading this book and gleaning tidbits from it.

    There are quite a few lessons that you can learn from her stories about raising her own children as well as stories that she told about family members. I enjoyed reading about what worked and didn't work for her family. Mary shared valuable life lessons that any parent could use in teaching their child how to manage money.

    Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good as a stand alone book
    August 8, 2012
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I have read other books by Mary Hunt before. I didn't expect to like a lot in this book. Surprisingly, I did. This book is about how she and her husband taught their kids about finances and raised them to be good stewards of their finances. I would read this book--try and think of her as a regular mom. Don't look at her website first and shield your eyes from the commercialism of her other books and her website. Just take this singular book on its own. I don't fully intend to follow all of her ideas (especially the one about giving preschoolers your coupons and lists at the store--that is quite stressful when they drop that really important coupon along your trip and even after retracing your steps you can't find it!), but there were some great ideas too about how to expose your kids to financial gimics like home shopping networks. I did like her ideas for different age children. The ideas may help you or spur you on to come up with your own ideas that fit for your family.

    What I most liked (and was surprised by) in this book was that, in contrast to the Economides book (America's Cheapest Family) on children and finances which was recently published, Ms. Hunt brings God into the picture. She doesn't go as far as Crown Financial Ministries does and how I feel--that our children need to understand that God has given them what they have and it is important to be good stewards of this, but she almost gets there. I also like that at the end, she states "God's plan is for children to grow wings and fly away. Our job as parents is to prepare them for the flight. Building financial confidence is one important way" (p. 205). Ms. Hunt seems to realize in this statement that finances are just one part of our lives. They shouldn't consume us, lest they become an idol.

    A great portion of this book is devoted to talking about debt and how we debt-proof our kids--essentially how we teach them to avoid debt. Her website is titled debt-proof living. Debt is becoming a greater and greater part of our world and it is becoming more and more accepted. We have to teach our kids that they need to live within their means and not expect to live beyond them.

    In the end, I am glad that I read this book. It helped me feel better about Mary Hunt's perspective on finances and what she teaches. There were some good ideas in this book about how and what to teach our children about finances. I obviously have my own opinions about the fee for access websites when it comes to Christian financial websites, including Mary Hunt's. I hope someday she will consider how she can help people who can't afford her site and possibly making some content on her site available without a membership fee. What I just realized as I finished writing this review is that for years I have been viewing people who work with Christians and their finances as working in ministry, but really these are businesses. I would be wise to remember this and see folks like Mary Hunt as business owners, not ministry leaders or parachurch missionaries.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Mary Hunt's book from Revel Publishing for review.
  4. Grand Forks, ND
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful book
    August 6, 2012
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    Grand Forks, ND
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are looking for a book on how to teach kids to value money and raise them to live within their financial means then look no further. Hunt's book is very informative and the plan has been tested and tried and proved which makes it all the better. You couldn't ask for a better book to put into the hands of parents. Every home with kids needs to have a copy of this book on hand.

    A copy of this book was sent to me by Revell in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Informative!
    August 5, 2012
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The idea to "train" her children about managing finances came about when the author's children were young. She gave them an excellent starting point for life and the use of cash as opposed to credit when she had realized her family was heading towards excessive financial debt.

    She revealed her kid's plan, how she started, what methods were used and how each child did on the plan. The book has three chapters on how to best devise your own customized debt proof way of life family plan. This informative volume also has valuable information to begin to apply a plan for preschool through the teen years. Many interesting points and examples highlight this must read book.

    I enjoyed this honest, sensible and highly informative book on making wise choices and implementing financial plans that will grow with your child. I have learned alot myself especially concerning entitlements, secured and unsecured debt. The question and answer session at the end were beneficial. There is something here for everyone, and whether you have young children or older ones or if you just want to change your priorities and mindset on handling money the reader will find much useful information to apply to their finances. I highly recommend this book very well written! I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review.

    "Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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