Kidnexions Publishes Raised for Richness, a Parent Primer with Tools to Teach Kids About Money and Life

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New parenting guide shows parents how to put kids in charge of their money - and their life – and wins 2010 NAPPA Gold Award

Kidnexions announced the release of its family guide, Raised for Richness, as a tool to help parents prepare kids ages 6 to 16 for their futures – financial and otherwise. Hot off the press, it has already garnered the 2010 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award in the National Parenting Publications' Awards Parenting Resource competition.

Written by Kidnexions co-founder and kids' personal finance educator, Karyn Hodgens, Raised for Richness addresses topics such as earning, spending, and saving, as well as topics that transcend the basics of money management into values, visualization, and critical thinking.

“Raised for Richness is first and foremost a book about teaching kids money, but it's written in the context of getting kids to reflect on who they are and what they want out of life,” says author Karyn Hodgens.

These reflections are initiated through family dinner discussions which Hodgens calls Chew On This. During these discussions, parents and kids use conversation prompts to explore the ins and outs of money from understanding the benefits of saving to the effects that advertising has on our spending habits. Hodgens also includes Teachable Moments to show parents how to use everyday experiences to teach kids about money.

“Parents and caregivers are in the best position to teach kids healthy money habits. But apart from dropping coins into a piggy bank, they often don't know where to start,” says Hodgens. “Raised for Richness addresses this by going beyond the piggy bank to help parents set up a money management system that makes doing money a natural part of their every day lives”.

Raised for Richness was field-tested by nine families before going to print and comes with ready-made worksheets including a web link for downloading additional worksheets.

“Although I had been doing the activities for many years with students in a classroom environment, it was real families integrating the activities into their daily lives that was important for the book to be successful,” says Hodgens.

The book is already a success having won the 2010 National Parenting Publications' Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award in its Parenting Resources competition.

In conjunction with Raised for Richness, Hodgens has created a free online Beyond the Piggy Bank 15-Day Challenge where parents and caregivers are guided through setting up an individual money management system with their kids. For more information on the Challenge, visit: http://www.kidnexions.com/BeyondthePiggyBank.htm

Pricing and Availability: Raised for Richness sells for $12.95 and can be purchased from the Kidnexions website at http://www.kidnexions.com/order.htm

About the author: Karyn Hodgens studied child development at Chico State University before receiving her master's degree in education with a specialization in elementary mathematics. With a multiple-subjects teaching credential, for over two decades, her passion has been designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. In 2006, Hodgens co-founded Kidnexions (kid·neck·shuns), a kids' educational company with the mission to help kids make connections between what they are learning and their every day lives. In partnership with her husband, John, she created KidsSave, a kids' savings and money management software program.

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