Ron Lieber

The Opposite of Spoiled

Ron Lieber

Talk: The Opposite of Spoiled

In his book "The Opposite of Spoiled," Ron Lieber delivers a manifesto against silence around money in families. While well-meaning parents avoid talking about money out of concern that it is impolite, impolitic or age inappropriate, he makes the inverse case -- that building family conversations around money is one of the best ways we can teach kids great values. In this talk, Ron will bring this argument to life, distilling his best, most counter-intuitive ideas from his half-decade of reporting on the topic: Why your family should be more like a farm family. Why peer-pressure doesn't exist, but parent pressure is overwhelming. How Land's End can help teach kids about wants and needs. The merits of forced (if symbolic) deprivation.

Ron Lieber

Ron Lieber is an American journalist who writes the "Your Money" column for The New York Times. From 2002 to 2007, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, including the "Green Thumb" column on money management. From 2007 to 2008, Lieber was the managing editor of, a site designed to help people in their 20s and 30s manage money. was a joint venture between Dow Jones and IAC.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy.

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