Financial literacy has always been an exciting topic for author Darrah Brustein. At a young age, her parents were savvy enough to institute financial education into the home through allowance and chore systems, savings programs, investments, and giving back.
It wasn’t until Darrah graduated from Emory University and accepted her first fulltime job that she realized how few of her peers were equipped with the tools to navigate their newfound independent finances. Watching many of them live paycheck-to-paycheck, even with well-paying jobs, Darrah realized that this was not unique; but rather, the norm.
Unsure as to how to make a difference, it dawned on Darrah that trying to retrain adults out of their lifelong habits and ideas around money would be tough. However, sharing valuable financial lessons with children, when their minds were open and malleable, would be a great place to start (it had worked with her, after all)!
Darrah spoke with many parents who shared concerns about teaching their children about money. Many felt unequipped—like the topic was a burden or taboo, or that they themselves were not well-educated on personal finance. Children are always learning—whether we’re intentionally teaching them or not. So rather than simply letting kids continue to digest their financial lessons by the way their parents talk about money, treat it, and use it, Darrah realized it was time to proactively teach our kids how to be responsible with money.So she created Finance Whiz Kids, to engage children directly about money through engaging stories.
By setting an early foundation about savings, spending, and the value of a dollar, we can help future generations find themselves in a more sound financial environment than we know today.At the conclusion of each book is an appendix, to assist parents in instituting the lessons from the stories. Having gained financial insight along with their new friends in the books, children can then emulate and experience each lesson themselves.Book topics for elementary aged audiences include:
- -Value of Money
- -Mystery of the ATM (From where does money come?)
- -Giving Back
- -Balance: It’s not all about money