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DO Try This At Home

Teaching kids about money can be a serious challenge for families. One of the most common problems I hear from parents is that it is difficult to teach something so abstract. Meaning, because kids  do not take out mortgages and credit cards, they do not have the actual experience of taking financial responsibility, going through …


What Do You Want?

In my financial education work, I talk to a lot of different people. I talk to parents who are concerned about their kids’ financial know-how, and financial future. I speak with financial professionals who believe that financial literacy is critical to their clients’ success, through all the family’s generations. I talk to adult women who …


Why Bother?

Why bother? While recent studies have shown low financial literacy rates among Americans, some studies also bemoan the ineffectiveness of financial education. Having spent my fair share of time in graduate schools and knowing something about research, I can tell you that most studies need to be read with a careful eye, a decent understanding …


The Gift That Keeps Giving

It’s that time of year — time to reflect on the past, and look forward to the future. The New Year is a great time to make resolutions, or goals, for the coming year in important areas of our lives. Inevitably, money and financial security crop up on many lists of goals, resolutions, and general …


Happy Holidays from Financial Nutrition!

We hope you and yours have a wonderful, joy-filled holiday season! We wish you comfort and security with money and financial understanding. We will be back in this space next week with more advice on how to get there!    


Just Say No

When it comes to money, there are plenty of things to say “No” to. Continuing in our theme of discussing how to talk to your daughter to prevent the financial consequences detailed in our “Nixing the Money Taboo” post, the topic today is the importance of saying “No” in salary negotiations. As we have detailed in earlier …


Nixing the Money Taboo

It can be tough to talk about money with your kids. In fact, many find it difficult to even think about money without some trepidation. But the taboo on money conversations is a big problem. Money can represent so many different things — power, success, even love. Or on the flip side, the subject of …


I Want To Start A Business!

An important part of our Financial Nutrition curriculum is Entrepreneurship. We offer Entrepreneurship both as weekend workshops for schools, and in private in-home programs as a component of financial education, and as an individualized learning experience (shameless plug: see for more information!). One obvious question is: Why? Why do we think learning about Entrepreneurship …


Money Understanding Can Help With Life’s Big Questions

When I work with young women in high school, we often start our work by discussing the context of money for women in the US. We discuss how the median earnings for women working full-time are 77%  that of men’s. We discuss how women have lower lifetime earnings than men due to lower salaries, job choices, …


Women, Work, and Money: The Numbers

I had the great fortune this week to attend a very compelling panel entitled simply “Women and Work” at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. The panel featured three stars in this area: Anne-Marie Slaughter, currently President and CEO of the New American Foundation and the author of the controversial article “Why Women …

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