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Raising financially fit kids
Godfrey, Joline.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Kirsty Melville book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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HG179 .G627 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HG179 .G627 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Joline Godfrey aims her friendly, approachable and practical text at parents and grandparents of children aged 5 to 18. At the heart of the book is a developmental map covering 10 specific money skills children can master by the age of 18 to become financially secure adults.

Author Notes

Since 1992, JOLINE GODFREY has been a pioneer in the movement to increase financial literacy and empowerment in young people; today she is one of the country's leading experts on kids, parents, and money. Joline holds degrees from the University of Maine and Boston University, and has studied child development extensively. She is the author of Our Wildest Dreams, No More Frogs to Kiss, and Twenty $ecrets: The DollarDiva's Guide to Life. Joline lives in Ojai, California.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Money, a powerful factor in family dynamics, is often a difficult subject for families to address. Godfrey aims to help parents send their children into the world as financially savvy adults by identifying 10 specific skills that can be mastered by children ages 5 through 18. These include saving, keeping track of money, spending wisely, living on a budget, investing, handling credit responsibly, and using money to help others. Godfrey contends that her advice is for parents of every income level because the same financial issues confront those with means as confront those with few resources, regardless of race, class, culture, or political orientation. While this book conveniently doubles as an infomercial for her consulting practice, it does offer valuable insight into an important subject. --Mary Whaley Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Renowned for her work in educating girls about money, Godfrey (No More Frogs To Kiss: 99 Ways To Give Economic Power to Girls) presents a general financial apprenticeship for kids ages five through 18. Suggested are age-specific activities and resources that will help parents of all income levels teach the author's "Ten Basic Money Skills" (e.g., saving, keeping track of money, spending wisely, and investing). At the heart of the text is the idea that financial apprenticeship is less about money than about instilling independence and responsibility. Godfrey's humor, coupled with her knowledge of child psychology, helps her make a strong case for a more playful yet studied approach to financial apprenticeship. Chapters on philanthropy and raising privileged kids make the book more suitable for public libraries serving wealthy communities. Libraries that already own Alan Feigenbaum's similar A Parent's Guide to Money: Raising Financially Savvy Children need not purchase. (Fold-out charts of the money skills not seen.)-Maryse Breton, Davis Branch Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.