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Parent's Guide

Read Together

Your child may not be much of a reader, but there's something special about reading together with mom or dad.

Take the time to find a book on money management at your local library on a level your child can understand. Whether you read it out loud to him or both read it simultaneously and discuss, sharing a book is a great way to get a conversation going about goals, money management, and how you personally relate to money. Your child will thank you for it.

Pick up a copy of these books at your local library:

Lunch Money
Lunch Money
Author: Andrew Clements

Lunch Money is a children's book, but it teaches some very valuable lessons in a fun, interesting way. Kids think they're reading a book about kids just like them (which they are) and don't realize they're learning important concepts such as saving, investing, and even (perhaps especially) running a business.

The Money Tree: A Financial Book for Children
The Money Tree: A Financial Book for Children
Author: Theresa Reitz, Lindsay and Collin Reitz

This book was written for middle and high school students. The topics covered include: salaries, bank accounts, budgets, donations, and credit cards. This book was written to encourage and enthuse. This book challenges readers to practice what they learned. This book covers the basics. It is easy to understand.

The Totally Awesome Money Book
The Totally Awesome Money Book
Author: Adrianne G. Berg and Arthur Berg Bochner

A guide written by a mother and her 11-year-old son for kids age ten and up. Covers how to spend, save, and invest money. Includes games, quizzes, riddles, charts, and stories.

Step-by-step Kits for Parent and Kids Together
Kids Biz: Make the Job of Growing Up Fun
Author: Cheri Ellison and Debbie Hope

Helps children develop good financial habits, high self-esteem, and a positive work ethic, etc. An elaborate plan for parents covers everything from money matters to rules about homework. Kids' planner includes a behavior checklist for each week. Children earn a paycheck for completing daily and weekly jobs.

Planner: $20; parent guide: $10. Order from 24843 Del Prado, #491, Dana Point, CA 92629. 714/496-1991.

Monthly Money

Author: Craig W. Rhyme

A system for structuring allowances, budgeting and saving, for kids and teens age six to eighteen. Parents' manual suggests allowances for different ages and offers materials for values training. Includes sample lists of chores for which children are paid monthly, a record book to track chores daily, and a portfolio with separate cash pockets for saving, giving, etc.

Complete kit: $40. Contact: Monthly Money, 425 Pike St., #403, Seattle, WA 98101. 206/623-6390.

How to Teach Children About Money

Author: Peggy Houser and Hassell Bradley

A guide for adults to use to help children learn about earning, saving, spending, and investing money. Each chapter incudes objectives, preparation, a realistic conversation with a child, and a field trip. Also includes a children's book.

Available for $15 from the author at 1551 Larimer St. #1201, Denver, CO 80202.

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