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Review: Your Kids, Their Money by Clifton D. Corbin

This is a book written to help parents teach their kids about money. And it 100% hits the mark.

What I loved about the style is that the author speaks to parents as a parent. Not as someone who knows it all but has been there, done that, and learned. The book is divided into various sections with practical activities at the end. Those are what make this book special. It is easy to tell someone what they should do, but it can be hard to implement. These activities are a guideline for discussing financial literacy with our kids.

Right from the start, I can relate to Clifton as he shares the pitfalls of his first credit card. And much like him, I don’t want my kids to fall into that same trap. Digging yourself out of debt is much harder than learning about what to do to stay out of debt in the first place.

But it isn’t just about debt. The book outlines money concepts – piggy jars (not banks – clear so you can see the money), allowance (not for chores!), interest, and much more. It isn’t a budgeting book. It is a financial literacy book.

Finally, I appreciate how he reminds parents to take it at their kid’s pace. Some kids will be able to identify money denominations faster than others, some kids will really get into investing, the point is all kids are different and this book is only a guideline.

Definitely worth a read for all parents.

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Review: Mommy I Need You by Regina Hall

This book is an easy read that I finished in two nights, but the topic of this book is not easy. This is the true story of sexual abuse that a young girl (Regina) had to endure. The book chronicles how she felt when it first started; scared and unsure, to a teenagmommyer who didn’t understand her own sexuality, to a woman who overcame the trauma.

There are excellent nuggets of wisdom and self discovery. Trauma can stay with you forever but Regina shows how you can use that trauma for good – by sharing her story.

The last few chapters were in-depth and I felt a real connection to the author. The first few chapters shared the story but were not as in depth as what was to come. Overall, for those that have suffered sexual trauma or are the parents to someone who has suffered sexual abuse this book gives great insight. Emotions can be difficult to explain and Regina does an excellent job of sharing those.