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Kids and Money: Giving Them the Savvy to Succeed Financially (Bloomberg Personal Bookshelf (Paperback)) Paperback – January, 1999

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The importance of teaching children the skills of financial management cannot be overemphasized. Pearl, a business reporter and editor, provides methods for parents and educators to teach kids how to devise and stick to a budget, keep track of where money goes, set goals, be wary of advertising and other commercial enterprises, and stop impulse spending. The chapter on saving and investing would be useful to anyone interested in learning more about simple vs. compound interest, CDs, DRIPs, and the stock market. The appendix is filled with more than 80 online resources that can help the whole family learn together. In addition to money matters, career and job-hunting information as well as college and entrepreneurial sites are included. Neale S. Godfrey's Ultimate Kids' Money Book (S. & S., 1998) covers less and costs more. Most families should add this guide to their personal libraries, and public and school libraries should consider purchase as a public service.?Susan C. Awe, Univ. of New Mexico Lib., Albuquerque
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"The importance of teaching children the skills of financial management cannot be overemphasized.... Most families should add this guide to their personal libraries, and public and school libraries should consider its purchase a public service." (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: Bloomberg (Book 32)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1st Paperback Ed edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576600645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576600641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author photo by Rich Hommel (www.rchommel.com).
Jayne Pearl has been a financial journalist for about 30 years, focusing mostly on family business and financial parenting. She is author of Kids and Money: Giving Them the Savvy to Succeed Financially (Bloomberg Press) and co-author of Keep or Sell Your Business: How to Make the Decision Every Private Company Faces (Dearborn Trade). PBS, CNN, WGN Chicago, the Christian Science Monitor, CNBC's Power Lunch, NPR, Reuters, Forbes, Money. CNN.com, Parents, Parenting, Real Simple, Working Mother, US News & World Report and Bankrate.com are among the media that have interviewed her as an expert. She also aired several commentaries for PRI's Marketplace Radio about financial parenting.

Jayne was former senior editor of Family Business magazine, to which she has contributed for 20 years. She began her career at Forbes, was editor of a nationally syndicated daily business public-radio show, and worked as editor of Tom ("In Search of Excellence") Peters' newsletter. For the past 18 years, Jayne has been a freelance writer. She has coauthored and ghostwritten 10 books and hundreds of articles about family business, personal finance and business management, and is also an entertaining speaker, traveling throughout the country sharing her expertise with children, parents and their financial advisors.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kaplan on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
How many books do you know that have actually improved your life? We're not just talking finances here. This book will change the atmosphere in your family in ways you thought impossible.
Kids and Money convinced us to change our approach to allowances. Not only did we end up spending less by eliminating all those little "off-budget" extras, our kids suddenly became interested in getting value for their dollars. No more extravagant purchases that they wore once and forgot. And they began to take better care of the things they did buy. No more nagging!
Kids and Money is full of great advice on many other subjects. Including how to finance college if you didn't (or couldn't) start saving when the kids were born. And there's a terrific list of web resources at the end.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reading Jayne Pearl's excellent book, Kids and Money, I was encouraged to find a roadmap to guide my daughter through the complexities of the financial world. Pearl's practical approach to teaching children ways of handling money from early on can help my child develop a healthy and savvy attitude about money that will serve her well throughout her life. If my parents had a book like this when I was growing up and had taught me more about dealing with money, it might have saved me from struggling with finances in my adult life. Children need a firm foundation in understanding the value of money and knowing what to do, or, what not to do with it. This can only come through conscious, explicit teachings. Pearl encourages dialogue with children and offers a wealth of advice in communicating about this difficult subject.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jayne Pearl's Kids And Money: Giving Them The Savvy To Succeed Financially is a thoughtful, easy-to-understand, well-written parental guide to a the sticky conundrum of teaching children from age 4 to 18 on how to be responsible with their money. Various money-related milestones, from allowances and first jobs to credit cards and college, are all carefully navigated with frank, friendly wisdom. Tougher issues such as shoplifting, gambling, and overspending are also discussed, with practical advice for the wide gamut of family money situations. In an increasingly modern society where a few clicks of the computer mouse can drain one's credit card account as fast as electrical information can travel, money savvy is more important than ever, making Kids And Money a "must" for any parent whose children aren't already majoring in finance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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Financial matters to me are a big yawn, so it was great to read a book that made money something even I could understand. I don't know whether I've always handled my son's financial education in the best fashion, so it was reassuring to know that it isn't too late to make up for lost time. This book did a superb job of giving me actionable advice and -- for my husband and son -- lots of great websites to go to for more information. (Males will read anything that is on a website!) This book also makes a good reference for financial situations as they arise. My 11-year-old is nowhere near ready for college, but I'll keep the book handy for when the time comes...
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