Beth Kobliner: Make Kid a Money Genius, Even if You’re Not

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Beth Kobliner is a celebrity in my nerd world: One of the first journalists covering personal finances for the masses for 30 years, Kobliner wrote the New York Times bestseller, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties that changed the way that we think and deal with our finances. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

Fast forward to today, and Kobliner’s Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)is out on Amazon and in your local bookstore. This is not a boring book. Reading like a quippy magazine, yet loaded with deep research and illustrated with relevant stories from Kobliner’s life, as well as others, there really is nothing else as comprehensive out there.

In this interview, Beth Kobliner and I talk about:



  • Why the ‘genius’ title is not a sales gimmick — master a few basic money habits and skills and you will beat out the vast majority of Americans.
  • Why you should not tell your kids your salary.
  • Allowance? Doesn’t matter! Studies show conflicting evidence as to whether this helps or hurts kids. Do what you want!
  • Chores? YES!
  • Top mistakes parents make when it comes to paying — and applying for — their kids’ college.
  • How Kobliner’s parents thrifty ways shaped her financial future.
  • Can you really teach a preschooler how to save and budget (spoiler alert: YES!).
  • How to let your college grad move back home without promoting co-dependence or entitlement, and save the relationship with your kid!

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Kimberly Palmer:  “Every mom needs to take full responsibility for her finances”

Lauren Greutman: “Spending is an addiction for me.”

Dr. Susan O’Malley entered medical school at 35, single and 6 months pregnant.

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Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post’s ‘Must Read” list.

Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.

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