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Raising Financially Confident Kids

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  34 reviews
It's natural to want your kids to have a secure future. But when it comes to teaching the next generation how to handle money, parents are failing. Still there is hope! Financial expert Mary Hunt shows parents how to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with money--even if the parents themselves have made financial mistakes along the way or are struggling financially ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Julie Willson
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very dated and I disagreed with most advice. Never use credit cards in front of your kids? Don't write checks or visit ATM when they can see? If you are raising your kids as hill people with no exposure to modern society, fine. In that case, you might as well just use sticks and rocks as currency. But in this day and age, I think it's critical for kids at all ages to learn about electronic banking as part of any financial discussions. The one thing we may try is giving our kids increased ...more
Kathryn Beal
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Lots of great ideas in here. Gave me a lot to think about for a future personal finance homeschool course for kids. :)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The podcast I heard about this book was more worth my time then the book. I agree with many things she says and I like her ideas. Next step will be implementing them.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, education
Mary Hunt offered practical advice on ways to raise your kids to manage money well. I would recommend reading this while your kids are young because it talks through ideas that can be implemented with children from preschool through high school graduation. She covers teaching the importance of giving, saving, budgeting and tracking spending. She also covers things you can do with younger children - making them a part of your family giving, spending more time in the library or parks than stores ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the basic ideas, although my parents did this with me, and I had more money than was good for me. I was not expecting, though, for the author to take most of the book explaining the why. I was more interested in the how. I recommend this book for those who want to understand why it is important to raise financially confident kids.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
We will be using this plan. But the book took too long to explain the why and should have spent more time on the implementation.
Leeanne Omit
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Info is out dated and some is unrealistic. I was hoping for more info on what considered appropriate for a child's responsibility for their age
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Excellent concepts, well thought and well written.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounding up. Good simple advice. Things to think about as my kids get older.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, 2017, finance
Lots of good ideas for training children in money matters. It got the wheels turning for me as far as what to incorporate in my own family.
Scott Kennedy
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, to-read-again, 2019
Our family has been thinking about when to start giving pocket money and how to teach our children to be wise managers of money. Through our own small investments in some P2P lending, I have become aware of the financial stupidity of some people. The example that really stuck in my mind was a person who wanted to borrow thousands of dollars to go on holiday with her family. They had been planning a get together holiday for some time. Yet despite the fact she was living at home and had a good ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I bought this book after an enlightening conversation with a new friend who is also raising two kids, similarly aged to mine. She mentioned the "Salary Plan" and I had so many questions! Her family's plan was born from Hunt's main idea (enhanced by a couple other authors) and fleshed out over time as they began down this path. Here's what you need to know: Hunt's book is dated. Some of her core recommendations are no longer easily applied ("only ever pay for things with cash"). Overall, the book ...more
Melmac MacDonald
Raising Financially Confident Kids

Mary Hunt

Revell Publishing


Publication Date: 8/2012 Purchase Here

About the book:

One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?

In Raising Financially Confident Kids, financial expert Mary Hunt draws from solid statistics and her own hard-won
Abbie Riddle
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living. I am always interested in comparing ideas found in debt-proof living books, as well as getting new ideas for instilling this in the lives of my children.

I found this book to be very easy to read because Mary Hunt is very personable and open. This is full of great advice from a mom that came from someone on the brink of financial ruin. Although most things are common sense for people that are raised by budget conscience parents these are the very
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Watching her children learn from her spending habits, Mary Hunt realized that she and her husband needed to do something that would teach their children about the dangers of living beyond what their means. It was a lesson Mary needed to learn as well. Together she and her husband sat down and created a plan that would allow for each child to manage a portion of the family income while teaching them about finances.She shares what they did and some information about ways that debt gets its hooks ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was intrigued when I saw this book for review. I wanted to see how the author was able to practically incorporate a money-management system into her family that would help her kids be on the path to a life free of debt. I thought the book was very good, especially when it came to teaching older kids (around 10 and up) how to deal with money. Her salary plan is interesting, and my husband and I had actually talked about implementing something similar with our family in the future.

I was a bit
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author: Mary Hunt
Publisher: Revell
August 2012
ISBN: 978-0800721411
Genre: money management

RAISING FINANCIALLY CONFIDENT KIDS is a book that all parents need to read from start to finish whether they are wise money managers or not. Children are growing up bombarded with commercials that credit cards can buy happinesswhatever you want. You can have it now. They dont tell you that youll be paying hundred or thousands of dollars interest on your credit card
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The idea to "train" her children about managing finances came about when the author's children were young. She gave them an excellent starting point for life and the use of cash as opposed to credit when she had realized her family was heading towards excessive financial debt.
She revealed her kid's plan, how she started, what methods were used and how each child did on the plan. The book has three chapters on how to best devise your own customized debt proof way of life family plan. This
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of practical ideas for teaching kids about money and I like the way she had whole chapters dedicated to certain age groups: preschoolers, age 6-9, and 10 through teens. That was probably my favorite section of the book. The author, Mary Hunt, hits the value of teaching your kids about consumer debt pretty hard, almost to the point of exhaustion (a little too much repetition for me). At first I thought it wasn't adding much to a great little book I own called "The Parenting ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Have you ever just seen a book, and wondered where was this book twenty years ago? This book is one of those books. After I started reading it, I was really wishing I had this book when my children were babies. Now my son is an adult and I am thinking, is there any way to apply these principles to help him. Still studying on that one.

This is a book every parent of young children should have in their hands. It is a life tool. Truthfully I think this is an ideal baby shower gift. Even as an adult
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like many others, her plan had her children managing their own expenses (money the parents would have spent on the kids anyway). Her plan recommends starting at age 10 or 11 with these particulars and slowly turn over all control to your child (shoes, clothes, parties, etc.). The first year, the child is only responsible for "optional" expenses -- extracurricular activities, ice cream money, birthday gifts, etc. Each year, their "salary" will grow and so will their responsibilities. This way, ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
A great read with specific ideas for implementing a spending plan with your children. Not all of the ideas are ones I will use, but the author had specific directions for creating a budget and setting up a savings plan for the children. I don't agree with her statements regarding credit cards or the ATM, but I do agree with a zero budget plan. Teaching children at a young age to understand financial concepts is key to her plan. Her research on teenager's understanding of financial planning was ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book & look forward to incorporating a variation of Hunt's method of having children manage their own money - lots of great info. as to how to do this.

I also appreciated her wisdom in the different areas that kids need to be educated re: credit card debt, etc.

This book is a quick, simple read, but a valuable resource. I'm thankful that I've read it at this point in life, while my kids are young enough to benefit.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Practical advice on how to raise financially confident kids. I really am aware of today's (2015) entitlement and see first hand how my own children expect what they want when they want it. Giving your kids a salary is an interesting theory that we may try our someday.
Wendi Klaiber
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I love the idea of teaching our children how to be wise consumers and how to handle money. This summer I am definitely implementing the idea of Megan earning a salary and teaching her how to manage money. I will use many of the ideas from the book.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some good ideas - worth a read.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Some good concepts, a little heavy handed on credit cards - never use in front of kids, etc. I think we have a healthy relationship with debt (don't have more than a mortgage).
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teach-me
I think this is an excellent book on how to manage money. I have encouraged my mom to read it and start me on the plan before I get too old. She had better hurry, I have two years left!
Steve Wynkoop
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has some excellent advice for raising your kids and teaching them about money. We plan to implement several of the ideas from this book.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
It was interesting and I think parents should read it. It's not THE answer, but it's a pretty good start.
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