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Previous Work

All of the headlines below link to articles, columns or blog posts I’ve written for The New York Times about kids, money, values and families.

Growing Up on Easy Street Has Its Own Dangers

The Risk of ‘Material Parenting’

The Child Who Declares ‘I Want to Be Rich’

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

Don’t Just Pay for Chores. Pay for Performance.

You Can Skip the Lines at the Theme Park, But You Can’t Skip the Lesson

For Lessons About Class, a Field Trip Takes Students Home

Submitted: Teenagers Do Not Need Smartphones, So They Should Pay for Them. Discuss.

Class Field Trip Stops at a Local Pawnshop

When Your Teenager Wants a Car: The Money Conversations

Four Stand-Out College Essays About Money

A Daughter, Her Dad, and the Debate Over Pricey Teen Volunteer Trips

Letting the Kids in on the Charitable Giving Conversation

How to Start a Year-Round Family Gratitude Ritual

How to Raise a Financial Guru

Elmo and Sesame Street Teach the Basics of Spending and Saving

Ron Interviews Elmo (Video)

Kids’ Money Questions: Are We Rich?

Kids’ Money Questions: Why Don’t We Have a Summer House?

Kids’ Money Questions: How Much Money Do You Make?

Credit Card Limits for Youths Can Be Opportunity for Parents

A High School Senior Balances Debt and College Choices

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