One of the unique things about this book is that you get two authors sharing their views on the subject of Kids and Money.
In the Introduction, Amanda and Phil have a conversation about WHY they wrote this book. Enjoy!
Welcome, parents. We are so excited — very, very excited — to be presenting you with this book on why teaching children about money is so important and why it isn’t always money itself that is the main topic of interest. Phil, why don’t you start us off with some of the reasons that we put this book together?
Yeah, the key reason for me is the need for us to take an attitude of intentional development over our children. What I mean by that is being very purposeful about the approach that we take as parents to invest our children with knowledge. With regards to money and finance, which is the focus of our message in this book, we really want to encourage parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles, older brothers and sisters, or friends of the family to accept the responsibility of providing input to each child that they come into contact with. You know, there’s a famous saying that ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. It’s absolutely true, and so I’m really thankful for the friends that I have around me who understand that I expect and value their input to my children. And Amanda and I are really hoping that this book gives parents and grandparents — all readers in fact — the wisdom that might help them to be able to do that with other children, not just their own.
Exactly. And we want to make sure that you’re getting the tips not simply from a theoretical point of view, but in a way that you’ll be able to use them immediately with your children and can start teaching them a healthy, wealth-mentality mindset. Now, so that they’re thinking positively towards money, considering their goals, we’re going to cover all kinds of valuable topics in this book. As Phil says, who and what we surround ourselves with is really important; and we believe that this book will help you. We’ve been our own guinea pigs because we’ve used these same techniques with our own children. And they have helped us — that’s the truth, eh, Phil?
That’s quite right. Now, Amanda, just one final thought before we get started — you raised the really important point that this book is not so much about the practical aspect of money, but more about the appropriate mindset, because I absolutely believe, and I know you do too, Amanda, that the way we think about money is the first and most important step. And so, readers, you’ll find a lot of things in this book that will challenge the way you think. We hope to encourage you not to be resistant to new thinking, but rather to embrace new ideas so that you can get new results with your finances and also with your children.
Exactly. And what will help to keep your mind open to the new ideas is the fact that we are presenting from two completely different parenting aspects, one as a mother and the other as a father; from two completely different families; and even from two completely different sides of the world. This book will give you the chance to find out what really connects well with you. After all, in the end, what you need to focus on is what’s going to work well for you. We’re presenting you with the best that we can and we know you’ll do well with this book, so let’s get started.
We hope you enjoy it!