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Author: Ron Lieber Narrator: Ron Lieber Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780062372444
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We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don't answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is a practical guidebook for parents that is rooted in timeless values. Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues—like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective—that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.

In The Opposite of Spoiled, Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that will help every parent embrace the connection between money and values to help them raise young adults who are grounded, unmaterialistic, and financially wise beyond their years.

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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 writes for Fortune magazine and is the coauthor of the New York Times business bestseller Taking Time Off. He appears regularly on national television and radio to discuss career issues, corporate management, and his recent columns.