Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


“I Put the Device Face Down If My Daughter Wants To Talk or Physically Turn from the Screen”

February 4th, 2015

Episode 32 of 376 episodes

Happiness interview: Ron Lieber. Now, how do I know Ron Lieber? I can’t remember how I met him. For a long time, I’ve been a big fan of his work. He writes a thought-provoking, helpful personal-finance column, “Your Money,” for the New York Times, and also writes for the Motherlode blog there. Recently, he wrote a post that got a huge amount of buzz: Why you should tell your children how much you make. He has a new book that’s just hitting the shelves this week. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, which is an essential guidebook for any parents who want to talk sensibly with their children about money — and about good values related to money. This subject is very interesting and important, and I was particularly intrigued by the title, because I’ve often asked myself, what makes a person spoiled? I was very eager to hear what Ron had to say. Gretchen: You’ve done fascinating research. What’s the most significant thing you’ve concluded? Ron: That there’s an epidemic of silence around money in families, no matter how much they have and no matter where ...

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