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Author: Ron Lieber Narrator: Ron Lieber Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780062372444
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In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years.

For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. But when parents shy away from the topic, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model the basic financial behaviors that are increasingly important for young adults but also to imprint lessons about what the family truly values.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and shares how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic.

But The Opposite of Spoiled is also a promise to our kids that we will make them better with money than we are. It is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ron Lieber brings his trademark combination of brain power and empathy to one of the trickiest issues parents face. The Opposite of Spoiled is a thoughtful and often inspiring book that also delivers dozens of smart, practical tips for turning conversations about money into lessons about living. If you’ve got kids, want kids—or heck, have been a kid—read this book.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive

  • “There’s more of the philosophical than the methodological to this primer from New York Times columnist Lieber on helping children, especially those in the upper middle class, to approach financial matters with responsibility, generosity, and gratitude…Lieber’s easygoing style will encourage parents to raise a new generation that’s both confident and compassionate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This engaging and important book breaks new ground by suggesting that the next generation deserves to be better at money than we are.”

    Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

  • “We want the best for our kids but worry about spoiling them. The solution is to teach them to use money and talk about it ourselves in a rational way. There is no one better at this than Ron Lieber and no better manual for doing it than this book.”

    Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap

  • “Finally, an honest, modern, comprehensive, and nuanced book about kids and money. Parents report that conversations about money fill them with so much dread and confusion that they change the subject rather than dive in. The Opposite of Spoiled comes to the rescue.”

    Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessings of a Skinned Knee

  • “Lieber focuses on values and virtues to encourage in children to ensure they will not be spoiled, including generosity, patience, and perseverance. Using those virtues, Lieber guides parents in conveying the value and significance of money and how to use it wisely, how to spend and save, how to give and invest. Parents will appreciate the sound advice and broad perspective Lieber offers on this important subject.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Ron Lieber is an author and the “Your Money” columnist for the New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2008, he wrote the Wall Street Journal‘s “Green Thumb” personal-finance column, was part of the start-up team at the paper’s “Personal Journal” section, and worked at Fortune and Fast Company magazines.