This combination parenting and personal finance book helps parents teach their children key money skills--such as saving, spending, budgeting, investing, building credit, and donating--that they'll need to become financially secure adults.
Parents want their children to enjoy bright economic futures. But how do we equip the next generation with lifelong financial skills?
In this updated edition of "Raising Financially Fit Kids," Joline Godfrey shares knowledge gleaned from two decades of preparing children and families for financial independence and stewardship, philanthropic effectiveness, and meaningful economic lives. At the heart of the book are three big ideas:
- Financial education is not just about the money; it's
about building great families and raising self-confident kids who have the tools to realize their dreams.
- Financial sustainability means living within one's means and acquiring skills to create and manage human and financial capital.
- Giving wisely is a global citizen's responsibility.
Designed for parents, grandparents, mentors, advisors, and educators, "Raising Financially Fit Kids "uses ten core money skills applied across five developmental life stages: children, tweens, middle schoolers, high schoolers, and twenty-somethings. Each stage includes age-appropriate activities that make financial fitness fun, from mall scavenger hunts to financial film festivals.
In this global economic landscape, we all need financial fluency. Whether your child is five, fifteen, or twenty-five years old, it's never too late to teach financial literacy. "Raising Financially Fit Kids" prepares your children for the complexities of living in a global economy and helps your family up your game from good to great.
About the Author
Joline Godfrey is the founder and former owner of Odysseum, Inc., an international learning design company serving the Fortune 500, which she sold in 1990. Godfrey was honored by McGraw-Hill in 1987 as Intrapreneur of the Year and was selected in 1989 by the Kellogg Foundation as a Kellogg Fellow. Her most recent venture is a nonprofit company called The Knowledge Network. Godfrey lives in Ojai, California.
“If we could, we’d bring Joline Godfrey into our home for weekly lessons teaching our kids how to manage money. This book is the next best thing. Joline’s ability to help parents and kids align their financial actions with their values is truly unparalleled.”
-Joan King, head of Atlanta Girls’ School, and Kevin Salwen, author of The Power of Half
“Few parents had the benefit of the kind of financial education that kids require to be economically independent and safe in our dynamic world. Godfrey’s book provides straightforward advice about how to prepare children to make financial decisions aligned with your family’s means, values, and aspirations—while giving parents a hand in building their own level of financial fluency. No one is better suited than Godfrey to advise parents about how to raise children able to make financial decisions and build productive fulfilling lives.”
-Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative, Harvard Business School
“Invest in your family’s future today! Use Godfrey’s wisdom to help your children develop the social and financial skills to responsibly manage the fruits of their success.”
- Stuart E. Lucas, chairman of Wealth Strategist Partners and author of Wealth: Grow It and Protect It