Never in the history of our country has there been a more critical time for families to change the way they think about their children and money. I passionately believe the time is now to get this information into the hands of families in this country if our children are ever going to be skilled enough to compete in the 21st century global economy.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) February 2, 2009 - Sarah Williamson, author of the book Play The Real-
Life Money Game With Your Teen announces the launch of her new web site at reallifemoneygame.com.
Sarah Williamson, a CPA and financial consultant, understands that the world of finances is confusing and scary to many and that parents feel great anxiety about their own and their children's future, especially in today's extremely challenging economy. She wrote her book Play The Real-Life Money Game With Your Teen (available from Amazon.com) precisely because there is no other book on this topic that combines solid content with rigorous money-management skill-building set in a "game-like" format that makes intuitive sense to both parents and their teens.
Ms. Williamson says, "Never in the history of our country has there been a more critical time for families to change the way they think about their children and money. I passionately believe the time is now to get this information into the hands of families in this country if our children are ever going to be skilled enough to compete in the 21st century global economy."
Through her book and web site, Sarah Williamson guides parents step-by-step toward safely transferring control of money to their teen so he or she can take on more financial responsibility for his or her own finances. The end result is that teens learn how to earn, spend, save, give, borrow, lend, invest, and pay taxes.
To further assist parents, the author maintains a video blog at reallifemoneygame.com where she interacts with parents, answering their questions and holding their hands even as they let go of their own teen's hands.
Sarah Williamson has produced a thirty-episode video blog on the major themes in the book with free downloadable worksheets, to be released every other week over the next year. Each blog encourages a community dialogue with the author on what seems like the scary and complicated world of family financial dynamics. Visitors to the blog can learn from the experiences of others--both parents and teens, while at the same time share their own ideas with other families. Visitors will also find links to valuable money-management resources.
Studies show that as many as 85% of high school students receive no school-based personal finance education whatsoever. Most teens graduate without the simplest, most-pragmatic real-life skills and find themselves in the position of trying to manage a resource they know nothing about. Sarah Williamson believes it's up to parents to teach their children the money-management skills they need to be financially independent of their families.
The Real-Life Money Game encourages the development of tangible skills ranging from teaching beginners to put aside money in separate categories to helping advanced players to invest on their own, set up IRAs and prepare their own tax returns. As these tangible skills are achieved, intangible behaviors result…from learning to value assets and understanding delayed gratification to becoming self-motivated, independent thinkers with strong work ethics.
About the Author
With twenty years in the accounting and financial consulting field, Sarah Williamson believed it was time to share some of this expertise with families. Michael, her 20-year-old son, provided the training ground for a teaching system that forms the core of this book. Since 2003, Sarah has been teaching courses designed to help parents foster financial literacy in their teens. Sarah Williamson has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington since 1985. Her financial and accounting background blossomed through her years working as a manager for the national accounting firm, Ernst and Young. More recently, she has worked as an independent financial consultant.