Ron Lieber 2015

 Ron Lieber "The Opposite of Spoiled"        Ron Lieber 2015 flyer

Click here for Chicago Tribune article about our event.

What did our audience have to say?

“An interesting thing I learned tonight was…”

  • The idea of a gratitude ritual
  • Kids should be part of the family financial decision-making process
  • Many kids will change when shown alternatives
  • Use of “giving” stories as being a recipient of help
  • How to think about money
  • One goal of early financial education is to train your college-decision co-captain
  • Concept of spoiled
  • Ideas for ways kids can earn money
  • Analysis of decisions by kids
  • Charity giving and involving kids
  • Innovative/different ways of interacting with kids on the topic of charity and money’s needs vs. wants
  • Allowance is not wages
  • Loved the idea of talking to kids about how the family donates and to whom, and what it says about what the family stands for
  • To have our child earn their “want”
  • I loved the personal stories. It is nice to hear your ideas on wants
  • The amount of debt that students incur in college
  • Putting kids to work and jar system
  • That we’re already better off than many others with what we’re doing – yay!
  • That we should be talking more with our kids about money
  • Kid’s money can be divided to 3 parts, including “give” part
  • That even seemingly young children (3 year old) can be old enough to comprehend the concept of spending/giving/saving
  • Need vs. want
  • That it is important to teach them about money young so they make good decisions when they grow up
  • Instagram is “engine of envy”
  • How to talk to kids about finances more effectively
  • Hunter boots story; kids can do more
  • Chores should not be done for money but because they are chores
  • How important talking to kids about money is
  • How to include child in charitable contribution allocation
  • Great practical tips

Click here for Ron Lieber’s website.

Book: The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money


Here are convenient topic start times for selective listening:
0:15 Introduction
6:45 “How come we don’t have a summer house?”
11:05 The Opposite of Spoiled
16:19 Allowance: Spend, Give, Save
22:23 Chores
31:34 Needs vs. Wants: “The Land’s End Continuum”
39:44 Generosity and Gratitude Rituals
45:53 Gaining Perspective: What We Really Need
53:50 Social Media: Engine for Envy
57:08 Cell Phones and Cars: When a Want Becomes a Need
1:01:05 College: The Biggest Financial Decision for Your Family