Parenting Books

Jim Sheils, 2018
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If you could do one thing that you knew would dramatically strengthen your family in just a few hours, would you do it? That’s the question posed in this easy-to-follow guide to reconnecting with your children. In this guide, you will discover the powerful strategy and steps that promise to connect you more deeply with your children; reduce "screen sucking" and device dependence; make each child in your family feel important and unique; help you feel more open and authentic with your children; increase your happiness at home; and build an enduring family legacy of connection and memories. No matter where you are in the 18 summers, start today.


Ron Lieber, 2015
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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.


Raised Healthy, Wealthy and Wise:
Lessons from Successful and Grounded Inheritors on How They Got That Way
Coventry Edwards-Pitt, 2014
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At a certain level of wealth, money makes parenting harder, not easier. Raised Healthy, Wealthy & Wise breaks new ground in the field of raising children amid wealth by hearing the success stories: real-life children raised with wealth now grown into happy, healthy, and productive adults. Nationally recognized wealth advisor Coventry Edwards-Pitt draws on her many years of professional experience to interview successful heirs and uncover what works—and what doesn't—in raising wealthy children to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

A Wealth of Possibilities: Navigating Family, Money, and Legacy
Ellen Miley Perry, 2012
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What separates financially successful, multigenerational families who flourish from those who languish? With professional knowledge, informed reflection, and poignent and charming anecdotes, Ellen Perry shares her twenty-five years of experience advising more than one hundred wealthy families. A Wealth of Possibilities is a variegated road map of many accessible paths and byways for anyone seeking to improve his or her family's internal communication, cohesion, and sense of well-being. Offering a bounty of practical advice, thoughtful insights, and probing questions, A Wealth of Possibilities provides commonsense approaches and profoundly meaningful solutions to many of the most vexing issues confronting wealthy families.

Kids, Wealth and Consequences:
Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation
Richard A. Morris and Jayne A. Pearl, 2010
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Leaving children with a substantial amount of money can be a boon or a burden. High-net-worth parents need to give their children an education to navigate today’s complex world. The question becomes how to raise children with a sense of reality and balance, imparting a strong work ethic, and making them good stewards of their wealth. Kids, Wealth and Consequences enlightens high-net-worth parents about the unique issues they need to explore. The book addresses the ”hard” financial issues, such as investing and estate planning, as well as the “soft” emotional issues relating to values, family, and communication. Morris and Pearl detail strategies and techniques to help parents raise children who appreciate and know how to manage the wealth they inherit.
Roy Williams and Vic Pressier, 2010
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Preparing Heirs discloses the surprising findings from the authors' research into the legacies of 3,250 wealthy families. With extraordinary insight, they reveal what the relatively small number of successful families had in common-how they achieved and maintained family harmony, and ensured the smooth transition of their wealth to well-adjusted heirs. They also warn of the wide range of factors that cause the majority of wealthy families to fail in their transition. Preparing Heirs offers clear, concise, well-organized, and easy-to-follow instructions that will enable you to evaluate your plan for transitioning family wealth. Preparing Heirs is an assessment tool that can be used in conjunction with the services of qualified professionals such as attorneys and accountants. It addresses the major causes for the 70% failure rate in estate transitions, which lie within the family itself and are within the family's control. This book can help you develop a plan to transmit the family values underlying the accumulation of wealth and prepare your heirs to be good stewards and thoughtful administrators of that wealth.

Trust Me: Helping Our Young Adults Financially
Kenneth Kaye, Ph.D., and Nick Kaye, 2009
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In this book, family psychologist Kenneth Kaye and his son, Nick, use the experience of Nick's struggle with what he calls "Attention Money Disorder" to combine a no-nonsense strategy, practical advice, business wisdom, and dozens of examples. They show you step by step how to negotiate a "Deal" with your young adult, rebuilding mutual trust and nurturing the skills and habits of a self-supporting grown-up.

The Price of Privilege:
How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
Madeline Levine, Ph.D., 2008
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In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders—rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike. In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine explores one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies toxic, cultural influences and well-intentioned, but misguided, parenting practices that are detrimental to a child's healthy self-development. Her thoughtful, practical advice provides solutions that will enable parents to help their emotionally troubled "star" child cultivate an authentic sense of self.
Lee Hausner, Ph.D., 2005
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A psychologist from the Beverly Hills, Calif., school system addresses a unique constituency in this parenting guide, offering advice for "avoiding the pitfalls and challenges frequently encountered in affluent families." Drawing on her experience with wealthy parents and their children, Hausner isolates fundamental causes of problems, such as unrealistic expectations, lack of communication and misuse or lack of discipline, that apply especially to the nurturance and development of privileged children. Writing of the two-career family, often characterized by high parental achievement, the author proposes nine steps to effective parenting of this new "at risk" group of children. For busy, well-off parents who may need assistance putting their priorities in order, this is a helpful, practical if unsurprising and somewhat pedantic resource.
Gary Buffone, Ph.D., 2003
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This volume is divided into three parts. In the first, author Gary Buffone explains how today’s American dream differs from decades past and offers quizzes designed to identify the Silver Spoon Syndrome. In part two, he details the five immutable laws of financial parenting: The Law of Necessity, The Law of Loving Limits, The Law of Reciprocity, The Law of Fiscal Responsibility and The Law of Example. Lastly, he suggests methods for living the five laws, from cradle to grave.The book covers the full range of financial parenting pitfalls, from the 6-year-old whose birthday party costs more than a family sedan to the freeloading 35-year-old who is running the family business into the ground because he can’t be bothered to show up for work. Buffone wraps up by providing advice on how parents and grandparents can protect their assets and decide how, or even if, to leave a windfall to their progeny.
Nathan Dungan, 2003
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Prodigal Sons and Material Girls is divided into two parts. Part one outlines the disturbing facts about America’s possession-crazed youth and the consumer-oriented society that has distorted their views. Readers will be introduced to everything from the “three-headed monster”—a high-powered triumvirate of consumer product companies, media conglomerates and advertising agencies that has a tremendous influence over children—to the distorted view of the American dream as shaped by principles known as “The Teen Commandments.” In learning what parents are up against, they can teach financial responsibility from a position of strength. In part two, author Nathan Dungan offers creative and convincing examples on how to leverage his highly successful “Share-Save-Spend” approach to money—critical elements for parents to help their children break free from the materialism that has become ingrained in our society.
Joline Godfrey, 2003
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At the heart of the book is a developmental map covering 10 specific money skills children can master before the age of 18 to become financially secure adults. Godfrey’s fitness plan doesn’t encourage children to accumulate wealth for its own sake; rather, it helps children achieve independence and become responsible members of families and communities by teaching habitual saving, smart money management and decision making skills. More than just a money book, Raising Financially Fit Kids will help parents send kids into the world as balanced young adults who exercise good judgment, practice responsible habits and live financially stable lives.
Gerald LeVan, 2003
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Parents worry that their children will mismanage money—or worse, that money will corrupt them. Yet, money may be the last taboo topic for family discussion. Few families talk productively about what money means—about what money can buy and what it cannot. This book addresses the challenges of raising children in wealth.
Eileen Gallo, Jon J. Gallo, and Kevin J. Gallo, 2002
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It is natural that parents want to give their children the best of everything. And in an age of unprecedented wealth and easy credit, upper- and middle-income parents can indulge that urge like never before. Yet, many have become alarmed over the impact this newfound affluence may be having on their children. They fear that through this generosity children are being trained to be greedy, selfish spendthrifts. The first parenting guide to focus exclusively on this increasingly sensitive topic, Silver Spoon Kids was written by a psychotherapist who counsels people with money-related emotional problems and a lawyer who specializes in estate planning. Drawing on their experiences as members of the renowned NYU Family Wealth Institute, they will explain how to talk to kids about money, how to teach them to handle it responsibly and how to instill in them a sense of giving to their communities.
Jayne A. Pearl, 1999
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The importance of teaching children financial management skills cannot be overemphasized. Pearl, a business reporter and editor, provides methods for parents and educators to teach kids how to devise and stick to a budget, keep track of where money goes, set goals, be wary of advertising and other commercial enterprises and stop impulse spending. The chapter on saving and investing would be useful to anyone interested in learning more about simple vs. compound interest, CDs, DRIPs and the stock market. The appendix is filled with more than 80 online resources that can help the whole family learn together. In addition to money matters, career and job-hunting information as well as college and entrepreneurial sites are included.
Kenneth Kaye, 1990
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If parents are tired of arguing and complaining, this is the book for them. Full of warmth and wisdom, this guide to parenting by respected psychologist and family therapist Kenneth Kaye explains how parents can custom design for their own family a set of straightforward rules that make discipline easy—principles that can be easily modified as family life improves. With clever and insightful examples, Kaye explains why children need restrictions in order to handle freedom; how to make rules and how to enforce them; how to build their  child’s self-esteem; and when to relinquish control of their child.
Cindy Iannarelli, 1998
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This book shows you how to prepare your child for a more rewarding and satisfying life by improving their "Business Cents."