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!
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.
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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.
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.
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."