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Money Doesn't Grow On Trees: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children Rev Upd Edition

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"What is a parent to do? Reaching for Money Doesn't Grow on Trees is one solution." -- Chicago Tribune

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Are you worried about your children's financial future? Then whatever their ages, now is the time to teach them the money skills they will need every day of their lives.

Chairman of the Children's Financial Network, mother of two, and a frequent commentator on national television, Godfrey has designed a unique program for kids -- from those as young as three to those in their teens -- that teaches them how to earn, save, and spend money wisely while it lets parents clearly communicate their family's values. Using age-appropriate exercises and concrete examples, Godfrey shows parents how to deal with a variety of tough situations such as: Your five-year-old wants an allowance. Should he get it if he doesn't do his chores? What and why do you kids need to know about your finances? Your teenage daughter desperately wants a $75.00 pair of designer jeans and there's only money in the budget for a moderately priced pair. Do you give her the money?

For parents who want to teach their kids the value of money and personal values, there's no better guide than Money Doesn't Grow On Trees

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Upd edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743287800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743287807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My husband originally bought this book, and then I read and re-read it. We have 2 sons, (10 & 12 yrs old). This book REALLY helped us to set up a program for spending and saving with our sons. I like the way is is simply laid out. I would highly recommend any parent who is interested in learning more and getting help on how to set-up the whole money thing to get this book...better earlier than later! Be patient, it does work...it just takes time and persisitence.
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We all spend a lot of time talking about how to instill proper financial values in our children. This book gives you step-by-step advice on how to make that "talk" reality. The sections on how to use the world as your financial classroom and how to instill your personal values through consumerism were perfect for our young children. Perhaps the best part of the book is that it is written in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand style. Anyone reading this book will be able to use and implement these ideas.
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This is an amazing book for parents who want to teach their kids about the value of money and how to save and spend wisely. It is a must read for ALL parents. We have started the kids on the four jar saving system and it's amazing. I wish soooooo much that I would have had these money skills growing up. With all the financial troubles so many Americans are going through, I feel that with the skills in this book that we will teach our kids, they will not fall into the same money troubles that are common today. Ms. Godfrey explains how to teach kids the value of money in ways I would not have thought of. Also, when I read this book, the timing was perfect as I was struggling with the idea of starting my kids on an allowance or not? Do you tie it to chores or not? She answered ALL my questions and gives great ideas and suggestions. I can't recommend this book enough! Wonderful!!!!!!!
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This book contains great suggestions on how to teach your kids (and you!) money management skills from an early age. Both my 9 and 6 year old boys enjoy doing their chores, crossing them off, then budgeting their allowance money into 4 jars each week. My older boy has always been a saver/hoarder; I think this will help him realize it is o.k. to spend some money on himself (medium-term savings). My younger boy is the spender, and this will teach him to save (long-term savings). They pay for a school lunch each week (short-term expenses) and contribute to a charity. It does take some work on the parent's part: setting up meaningful chores each week and staying on top of paying the allowance money, but it's an extremely valuable lesson for the kids.
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This book tells you what a savings account is, what a checking account is and how to write a check. The book tells you what interest is and to make sure to ask if your savings account has a minimum balance. It also tells you to go to the bank to open up a savings account showing how dated it is. It is so much easier to do this online. If you don't know basic info like this then this book is for you.
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Neale Godfrey understands money (used to be a banker). She teaches parents how to teach children about money, by teaching them to manage their allowances. Does an excellent job. Realistic. For families in all economic levels. Her next book "Money Still Doesn't Grow on Trees" (for teen and young adults) is even better.
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I bought this book even before my child was born and read it, and I have not only followed it for the last 11 years, but I have recommended it to every other new parent (why I am on the site now). This is a parent MUST READ. I have yet to find a friend of my child's or any other child who handles money better than my son, and it is because of this book. I left grad school a financial mess, and I did not want this for my child. I truly believe this book has provided the answers I needed to prevent that. (A great addition to this book is the piggy bank from a site called Money Savvy Generation - no, I have no affiliation to it, but am an avid fan of how this book and that bank work together.)
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This book is alright. It's pretty outdated and so the figures and bank workings don't really apply. The intro is good. Finding ways to introduce your children to money and how to make learning about money fun with games and stuff. I found myself skipping the last half because it had to do with teenagers and adult children living in your home. Good basis but need to find a more updated book that talks about the available options today for kids. One example is passbook accounts which haven't been around for quite awhile.
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