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The Art of Allowance Podcast | Parenting | Families | Money Smarts | Financial Literacy
51 minutes | 20 days ago
AOA 043: What Families Need to Know to Cultivate a Culture of Prosperity - With Guest Ellen Rogin
What are the keys to cultivating a culture of prosperity? Ellen Rogin has made it her life’s work to educate, counsel and guide people to grow their prosperity and to use it as a force for good in their lives and in the world. The co-author of the bestselling Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality and a TEDx presenter, she has been quoted in such national publications as The New York Times, Money and The Huffington Post. As a consultant and a speaker around the globe, Ellen combines her deeply credentialed experience as a former financial advisor with her intuitive abilities to guide people to a clearer understanding of what they can do to enhance their relationships with money, identify their money strengths and chart an inspired path to reaching their financial and business goals.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
AOA 042: Understanding Our Own Money Scripts to Be Better Financial Role Models for Our Kids - With Guest Brad Klontz
How are our financial behaviors influenced by past generations, and what can we do to acknowledge our own money issues to become better financial role models for our kids? Enter Doctor Brad Klontz's concept of money scripts. Brad is an expert in financial psychology, financial planning, and applied behavioral finance. He’s also an Associate Professor of Practice at Creighton University Heider College of Business, Co-Founder of the Financial Psychology Institute, and Managing Principal of Your Mental Wealth Advisors. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Brad was awarded this institution's Innovative Practice Presidential Citation for his application of psychological interventions to help people with money and wealth issues and his innovative practice in financial psychology for practitioners across the country. In addition to the six books Brad has authored or edited, he has been a columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, On Wall Street and Psychology Today. His work has been featured on many media outlets and in professional magazines and journals, including NPR, Money Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. In 2019 Brad was appointed to the CNBC Financial Wellness Council, and in 2018 he received the Montgomery-Warschauer Award from the Journal of Financial Planning, honoring the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the financial planning profession. Brad has partnered with organizations including Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Mutual of Omaha and H&R Block in efforts to help raise public awareness around issues related to financial health and financial psychology.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
AOA 041: Three Ways of Framing the College Conversation - With Guest Ron Lieber
What are the criteria families should follow during the college search process? Author and journalist Ron Lieber outlines three key points and frames them in terms of the larger money conversation during this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast. A father of two and a fan of family finance, Ron has been the "Your Money" columnist for The New York Times since 2008. Before coming to The Times, he wrote the “Green Thumb” personal finance column for The Wall Street Journal and was part of the startup team at the paper’s Personal Journal section. His book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller when it was released in 2015. (It is also referenced and listed as suggested reading within my book for parents, The Art of Allowance: A Short, Practical Guide to Raising Money-Smart, Money-Empowered Kids.) Ron's newest book, The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make, is now available. I am a fan of Ron and his work, and I hope you will be too after this illuminating conversation.
76 minutes | 8 months ago
AOA 040: Noise, Choice-Fullness and Monetary Control — With Guest Robert Reiher
How does "noise" pose a threat to our children's futures? On this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, Dr. Robert Reiher offers insight into the concept of "noise" and explains its relationship to cognitive development, marketing and self-control. From a background of over forty-five years of product and program development as well as Media, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Rob has integrated neuroscience, consciousness research and personal development into a strategic and practical framework for understanding how to live more Choice-Fully in a world of increasing “noise” and uncertainty. After several years of working in the context of commercial product and program development, Rob, frustrated with the lack of concern for the integration of human developmental dimensions into product development, divorced himself from this context to shine a light on the topic of Choice-Fullness in the accelerating Culture of Noise as well as to create a new and integrated approach to self-improvement and the development of Choice-Full products and programs. Rob is the co-author of What Kids Buy and Why and Kidnapped: How Irresponsible Marketers Are Stealing the Minds of Your Children. He is currently completing the book FutureWise: The Challenge of Choice in the Culture of Noise.
58 minutes | 9 months ago
AOA 039: Five Jars and Many Teachable Moments Raising Money-Smart Kids — With Guest Robin Taub
Does the tried-and-true three-jar system have room for two additions? Robin Taub makes the case for "Earn" and "Invest" to join the traditional "Share," "Save" and "Spend Smart" jars during this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast. Robin is a financial writer, speaker and consultant. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) by training, Robin is also the best-selling author of Raising Money-Smart Kids: How to Teach Your Kids about Money While Learning a Few Things Yourself, a book that gives parents the information and skills they need to teach their kids about money. Robin has held professional positions in both audit and taxation at two of Canada’s largest accounting firms, and spent five years in the complex world of Derivatives Marketing at Citibank Canada. She is also passionate about improving opportunities for women CPAs to advance into positions of leadership. From 2008 until 2017, she was a member, and then Chair, of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council. A proponent of lifelong learning, Robin also participated in the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Director Education Program. She has two mostly money-smart kids and lives in Toronto.
66 minutes | 9 months ago
AOA 038: Raising a Money-Smart, Commercial-Free Child - With Guest Josh Golin
Is it possible to protect our kids from rampant consumerism in a social media age? Josh Golin, now Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), has many recommendations to protect kids from both the obvious and subtle pitfalls of materialism and social media. Josh found his calling as a CCFC intern in 2003 and has been with the organization ever since. Most recently, as Associate Director, he was organizing campaigns and developing communications strategies. Josh has appeared on Today, NPR and Fox & Friends, and he has been quoted in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. His writings on the commercialization of childhood have appeared in many outlets as well. He and his wife, Jennifer, are doing their best to raise their daughter, Clara, commercial-free.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
AOA 037: The Correlation Between Physical and Financial Health - With Guest Barbara O'Neill
Just how strong is the relationship between a person's physical and financial health? Dr. Barbara O’Neill will gladly fill you in. Barbara is a Certified Financial Planner as well as the owner and CEO of Money Talk: Financial Planning Seminars and Publications, an outlet through which she writes, speaks and reviews content about personal finance. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University, Barbara has written more than 160 articles for academic publications as well as received over 35 national awards and more than $1.2 million in grants to support her research and financial education programs. She is also a past president of the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE), a recipient of the AFCPE Distinguished Fellow Award and a Next Gen Personal Finance fellow.
63 minutes | a year ago
AOA 036: Raising Money-Smart and Time-Affluent Kids - With Returning Guest Ashley Whillans
Ashley Whillans is my first returning guest! Ashley is a self-described "time nerd" and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in Negotiations, Organizations and Markets. She has a forthcoming book, Time Smart — How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life, that will feature prominently in our discussion. Ashley received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia and was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science. Her research, which focuses on understanding how the daily and long-term decisions that people make about time and money (in their personal lives, relationships and workplaces) impact well-being, has been published in leading academic journals as well as The New York Times, The Economist and The Los Angeles Times, among others.
51 minutes | a year ago
AOA 035: How to Turn Your Kids into Smarter Shoppers - With Consumer Expert Guest Trae Bodge
You've taught your child to save and share ... but how about to spend? Trae Bodge can help you tackle this important step in any money-smart journey! An accomplished lifestyle journalist and television commentator, Trae specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. She has appeared on television hundreds of times, including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, and CNBC, and her writing and expert commentary have been featured in Newsweek, Woman's Day, and Forbes, among many others. During our discussion, Trae and I run the gamut of smart shopping topics by chatting about introducing a child to a debit card, approaching the costs of kids' eating out, encouraging thrift shopping, and alerting children to the dangers of frictionless purchases. We also take a notable side step into the allowance and chore debate (Yes, it still rages on!), and Trae offers a noteworthy alternative to the Share jar. All in all, our conversation underscores the importance of developing smart shopping habits as a prerequisite to becoming money-comfortable.
61 minutes | a year ago
AOA 034: Is there a case for tying chores to allowance? —With Guest Cameron Huddleston
Is there a case for tying chores to allowance? If so, then Cameron Huddleston will make it. Cameron is an award-winning journalist with more than 18 years of experience writing about personal finance. Her work has appeared in and on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Business Insider, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MSN, Yahoo and many more print and online publications. She also is a mom of three and is married to an economist. During this episode, Cameron and I address not only the great allowance and chore debate but also the taboo nature of financial conversations and how to help parents feel comfortable talking with their children about money. We also discuss how "adult kids" can open up a dialogue with their parents about finances and possessions, the subject of Cameron's new book, Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances. Cameron's case for linking chores and allowance underscores the varying viewpoints I like to feature on this podcast and highlights the need for parents to craft their own Art of Allowance based on multiple perspectives and their family's values.
46 minutes | a year ago
AOA 033: Merging Money and Hip Hop to Help Children Define Money Values and Encourage Entrepreneurship — with Guest Andrea Ferrero
In this episode, I talk to Andrea Ferrero. Andrea is a co-founder of Pockets Change, an organization that uses hip hop pedagogy to change the way personal finance is taught to kids. Andrea has enjoyed over a decade of teaching students of all ages, coaching educators and designing award-winning academic programs and products. She currently holds teaching credentials in Pre-K though12th Grade Multiple Subjects and two Master’s Degrees, one in Educational Leadership as well as one in Curriculum & Instruction with Multicultural Contexts. Andrea and I discuss how to help kids move from thinking they are "good" or "bad" with money to learning how to simply use money as a tool. We discuss money values and personalities, encouraging entrepreneurship and how Andrea is adapting her teaching methods to accommodate families during the COVID-19 crisis. So please join me for another wide ranging conversation.
49 minutes | a year ago
AOA 032: Conversations, Questions and Self-Care — How Parents Can Help Their Kids Through a Crisis — With Special Guest Lucy Rimalower
Are you wondering how best to talk to your kids during a crisis? With coronavirus and COVID-19 dominating our lives, I thought it would be helpful to take a slight detour with this episode and talk to an expert about how we can have better conversations with our kids in the midst of a crisis. My guest on this special episode of the podcast is Lucy Rimalower. Lucy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. She works with individuals and families addressing anxiety, parent-child communication and women’s issues. She also provides crisis response consultation. She's an ideal guest to help us improve the quality of conversations we're having with our kids as we navigate this pandemic.
73 minutes | a year ago
AOA 031: Cultivating Intentionality and a Growth Mindset in Your Allowance Program - With Guests Mark and Kimberlee Barnes
Are you looking for ideas to incorporate into your allowance program? Then you’ll enjoy my conversation with Mark and Kimberlee Barnes, the “Not So Perfect Parents.” Mark and Kimberlee are both educators — Mark is a school administrator and Kimberlee is an elementary technology specialist. In this episode, they discuss their implementation of The Art of Allowance program with their family of four — three boys and one girl. True to the purpose of my book and this podcast, they share their struggles and successes on the road to raising money-smart kids. You’ll see how they’ve made the program their own and I hope you’ll find more than a few takeaways that you can implement in your own allowance program.
57 minutes | a year ago
AOA 030: Personal Finance Education Program Efficacy and Student Loan Debt Perspective — With Guest Carly Urban
Wondering about the effectiveness of personal finance education in the classroom? Did you know that there is good and bad student debt? My recent conversation with Carly Urban is full of informative findings and practical advice. Carly is an Associate Professor of Economics at Montana State University and a Visiting Scholar with The Office of Financial Education at The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. She is also an affiliate of The Center for Financial Security at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Carly completed her Ph.D. in Economics at UW-Madison, and she holds a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from The George Washington University. Her work, largely focusing on the causal effects of financial education on behavior, has been published in top economics and inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journals as well as featured in prominent media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, Market Watch, The New York Times and TIME.
79 minutes | a year ago
AOA 029: Raising Money-Smart Kids by Giving Them Total Control of Their Money — With "First National Bank of Dad" Author David Owen
Do you fret about giving your kids too much autonomy when it comes to money and allowance? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, my guest David Owen offers a candid, funny and time-tested glimpse into the family financial system he wrote about in The First National Bank of Dad: The Best Way to Teach Kids About Money. This is a wonderfully written and hilarious book which heavily influenced my most recent work, The Art of Allowance. Using a method he developed to provide maximum age-appropriate control, David was able to raise two money-smart, money-empowered children. David has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991, and he is also a contributing editor at both Golf Digest and Popular Mechanics. Named one of The Fifty Funniest American Writers, he is the author of more than a dozen books, including the aforementioned First National Bank of Dad and the recent Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World. This episode is chock-full of enlightening information, from simple tactics like David's enhanced interest program to his broader philosophy that autonomy drives learning. I hope you enjoy this discussion as much as I did.
64 minutes | a year ago
AOA 028: How to Have More Fun and Less Stuff This Holiday Season with Guests Guinevere Higgins and Kelley Dennings of New Dream
The Holidays are here and we can help you shift the focus from things to experiences with great advice from New Dream. In this episode, I talk to Guinevere Higgins and Kelley Dennings of New Dream. New Dream is a non-profit whose mission is to empower individuals, communities and organizations to transform the ways they consume to improve well-being for people and the planet. Guinevere is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at New Dream. She is an ardent believer in the ability of individuals and communities to take action and ownership to make positive change. She finds the strategic partnerships necessary to support transformational activities on the community level. Kelley Dennings spent 15 years in the recycling industry and now works with the Center for Biological Diversity, focusing on consumption's effects on wildlife and habitat. She works at the intersection of health, environment and social change, and serves on New Dream's Advisory Council. We are releasing this episode during the Holidays because the focus of much of our discussion is about how to enjoy a season with more fun and less stuff. Also, a quick note. I should have had Guinevere step away from the mike a bit as her voice distorts from time to time. Entirely my bad, but this episode has so much good stuff that I hope you can ignore this production issue and enjoy the content.
56 minutes | a year ago
AOA 027: How Over $100k in Student Loan Debt Sparked an Educator's Passion to Teach Financial Literacy to Families (Including His Own) — with Guest Kyle Osborne
Do you ever wonder where the real heroes are? Look no further than Council Bluffs, Iowa. In this episode, I talk with Kyle Osborne, the Director of Financial Literacy at TS Institute in southwest Iowa, about helping families become money smart. Kyle is a financial literacy education expert and works closely with teachers and administrators to provide free, effective financial literacy resources for grades K-12. In addition to working with schools, Kyle also works with area Non-Profit organizations to deliver financial literacy courses.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
AOA Small Change 002: What Does Money-Empowered Mean to You?
In this second installment of our shorter format episodes — which we call Small Change — I explore the term “money-empowered.” This is a stated goal of The Art of Allowance (heck, it’s part of the subtitle) and it’s a question I ask almost all my guests. In this episode, I present you with four interesting responses and why I think each one of them is meaningful. Listen to what these guests had to say and think about what it is that the term money-empowered means to you.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
AOA 026: Facing Your Fears, Working to Earn and Having Money Conversations with Your Kids - With Guest Ruth Soukup
Unsure of how to initiate and keep up the money conversation with your kids? My recent discussion with Ruth Soukup can shed some light on this crucial step in the financial literacy journey. A mother of two girls, Ruth runs an eponymous online media company with business, lifestyle, motivation and productivity divisions. As if that isn't enough of a full plate, she is also a New York Times bestselling author, host of the Do It Scared podcast as well as founder of the Elite Blog Academy course for online business owners and the Living Well Spending Less blog. In this episode, we address several of the fear archetypes from her most recent book, Do It Scared, and how they relate to allowance, the money conversation and its impact as well as how to establish and adjust money guidelines.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
AOA 025: Materialism, Well-Being and the Human Value System - With Guest Tim Kasser
Looking for ways to help your children combat the pervasive notion of materialism? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, I have a discussion with Tim Kasser. Tim is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Knox College in Illinois. He has published over 125 scientific articles and chapters on materialism, values/goals, motivation, ecological sustainability and quality of life, among other topics. He has also authored five books that have been translated into a half-dozen languages. In short, you can learn a ton from Tim. I know I did, and I know you will by giving our conversation a listen.
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