Ron Lieber, New York Times personal finance and parenting writer and "Your Money" columnist, has been writing about money for over a decade.
Lieber's book, The Opposite of Spoiled (Harper), is a generational manifesto about shattering the taboos around talking about money with kids. The book aims to help children make better decisions, develop better habits, and have the tools they'll need to grow into young adults with good values and financial habits that are mature beyond their years.
An experienced speaker, Lieber has given talks to a variety of listeners, from schools to parent associations, and even huge corporations like Microsoft and Amazon. It is this unique intersection of parenting and money and values that allows Lieber to be a perfect fit for such diverse audiences.
Lieber is the recipient of the 2011 Loeb award, business journalism's highest honor, in the personal finance category. In his time at The Wall Street Journal, Lieber wrote the "Green Thumb" column and helped launch the paper's Personal Journal section. Lieber has also been on the staff of Fortune and Fast Company magazines.
He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter.
Praise for Ron Lieber:
"Our site was packed, standing room only, with 525 attending, with a majority of them men, which can be unusual for parent education events. The surveys later revealed that the audience loved his talk. Ron and I had planned on dining afterwards at a local favorite restaurant – we decided to invite the whole audience to join us, and nearly 20 showed up late that night to continue the conversation. Ron was incredibly generous with all at the table. Ron is the total package, and he has earned this high recommendation."
--Lonnie Stonitsch – Family Action Network, Chicago
"Ron Lieber spoke to a standing-only crowd at our school this week. We are still hearing from parents who have been raving about the presentation. Ron’s blend of humor, candor, and knowledge made him the ideal speaker for our parent body. He lifts the veil right off a “taboo" topic—talking about money to our kids. After hearing his talk, I rushed right out to buy his new book “The Opposite of Spoiled”. I even bought an extra copy for my ex-husband."
--Abby Rothschild, Dalton School, New York City
“Ron Lieber has the rare gift of making a lecture feel like a one-on-one conversation. He tackles the difficult topics of money and class with nuance and humor. Ron’s style is funny, relaxed and inclusive, but his talk is extremely focused. He’s able to distill his ideas to razor sharp points. The parents and teachers in our audience at Brooklyn Friends School found the discussion both thought-provoking and entertaining. I would highly recommend Ron as a speaker.”
--Suzanne Myers, Co-chair, Brooklyn Friends School Speaker Series
Praise for The Opposite of Spoiled:
“Finally, an honest, modern, comprehensive and nuanced book about kids and money. Parents report that conversations about money fill them with so much dread and confusion that they change the subject rather than dive in. The Opposite of Spoiled comes to the rescue.”
--Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
“Ron Lieber brings his trademark combination of brainpower and empathy to one of the trickiest issues parents face. The Opposite of Spoiled is a thoughtful, and often inspiring, book that also delivers dozens of smart, practical tips for turning conversations about money into lessons about living. If you’ve got kids, want kids -- or heck, have been a kid -- read this book.”
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human
“All of us worry about how to give our kids a proper dose of perspective and gratitude. Ron Lieber’s explanation of how money conversations imprint these good values (and so much more) is just the thing parents need to read right now.”
--Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege
“We all want to raise children with good values -- children who are the opposite of spoiled -- yet we often neglect to talk to our children about money. The Opposite of Spoiled breaks new ground by suggesting that the next generation deserves to be better at money than we are. From handling the tooth fairy, to tips on allowance, chores, charity, checking accounts, and part-time jobs, this engaging and important book is a must-read for parents.”
--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“His book is intensely pragmatic, relentlessly anecdotal — and that’s why I loved it. Lieber wants to solve the problems middle-class parents face every day: allowances, the tooth fairy, summer jobs, indulgent grandparents, North Face fleeces, car insurance. Mammon is in the details.”
--Claire Dederer, New York Times Book Review
“New York Times columnist Lieber makes a strong argument that money is something that children notice and talk about. . . . Modern American parents’ reticence on the subject bypasses the opportunity to instill both good values and important skills. . . [and] Lieber advises giving honest responses to children’s questions about family finances. . . . Lieber’s easygoing style will encourage parents to raise a new generation that’s both confident and compassionate.”
“Lieber guides parents in conveying the value and significance of money and how to use it wisely, how to spend and save, how to give and invest. Parents will appreciate the sound advice and broad perspective Lieber offers on this important subject.”
“Ron Lieber’s tips are practical, accessible and, best of all, rooted in the desire to foster an honest dialogue with our children.”
--Heather Stevens, "Balancing Act" column in The Chicago Tribune
“I started reading this book and cannot put it down. It’s the ‘nobody speak to me for the next few days so I can read’ kind of book. . . . I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to raise their kids to have curiosity, patience, thrift, modesty, generosity, perseverance, and perspective. Money can be a teaching tool, using the value of the dollar to instill good values. Thank you for this godsend of a book, Ron Lieber. We must get this right.”
“The Opposite of Spoiled is flush with practical ways to incorporate money lessons into family life. . . . Lieber’s style is conversational and frank, with a sense of humor. . . . It’s rare to find a book about finance with so much heart.”
“I take a lot of pleasure in a good, practical book about how you spend your time, or how you raise your family. . . . The Opposite of Spoiled is good enough that I’ve been reading bits aloud to my husband and initiating conversations with our children about things like whether they compare their house to those of their friends, and more honestly answering questions like ‘Mommy, do you have $1,000?’”
--KJ Dell'Antonia, The New York Times's Motherlode blog
“In the course of profiling dozens of savvy families, Lieber gives tips on how to talk about money with kids in a calm way. . . . He makes a convincing case that the tendency to avoid the topic is a missed opportunity.”
--The Wall Street Journal
“An astute book filled with interesting anecdotes and wise lessons.”