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Neale Godfrey
Neale Godfrey is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 27 books empowering children and their families to take charge of their financial lives. Neale created the topic of “kids and money” in the 1980s while she served as President of The First Women’s Bank and created The First Children’s Bank at FAO Schwarz in NYC. She is Chairman of Children’s Financial Network, Inc. Neale serves approximately 2,000,000 children and their families through her programs. Neale is the proud mother of two children and the prouder grandmother of two grandchildren. Connect with Neale on Facebook and on Twitter.

Entries by Neale Godfrey

Sheryl Sandberg, Give 'Lean In' a Rest

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg became very famous last year with her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She talks about how women should avoid leaning back from their careers when they start thinking about having children, and instead, lean into their careers and grab the brass...

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The Cost of Arrogance

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 1:00 AM

I'm not saying Ray Rice did what he did because he thought he could get away with it. Who knows what drives men to beat up their partners? There are plenty of men with no money or power who abuse women. But the fact is, he did think he could...

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Parents: Back to School Is Back

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:49 PM

There's nothing quite like summer recess: carefree days, warm weather, time for friends and fun. Unfortunately, it goes by too quickly. It seems like we were just having our Fourth of July picnics and "Oohing" to the fireworks, but that was nearly a month ago. We've already endured a month...

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Money Tips for New College Grads

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Welcome to the real world, class of 2014. Congratulations on achieving your goal and attaining your degree. You're probably swamped with student loan debt, and just entering your chosen career field -- if you're lucky. But, now is the time to secure your financial future by taking charge today.

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Help Your Kids Get Their Summer Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:40 PM

The days are getting longer. The temperatures are rising. The flowers are blooming. That can only mean one thing; it's just a matter of time before your kids are out of school for the summer.

I'm sure they're happily looking forward to sleeping-in, unstructured days, mindless hours of video...

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Parents: You Have to Talk Money Before You Can Teach Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:12 PM

President Obama proclaimed April 2014 to be National Financial Capability Month, commonly referred to as National Financial Literacy Month and said: "we renew our drive to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain the economic freedom to pursue their own measure of happiness."

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Last-Minute Tax Talk for Parents

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:28 PM

According to the calendar, spring has technically arrived. Along with the promise of temperate weather and more hours of daylight, it also means that tax day is just around the corner. Are you among the nearly one third of Americans who wait until the last two weeks to...

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Encourage Your Kids to Be Eco-Adventurers

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Following a winter that was exceptionally harsh for much of the United States, spring has finally returned. Milder weather, longer days, and the re-emergence of flowers and creatures should remind us of the wonders of nature that are just outside our doors. Help your kids to appreciate and understand the...

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Parents: Teach Your Kids That Women Rock!

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:14 PM

"Throughout our Nation's history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy. They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War...
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Your Kids' First Job: Rags to Riches

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Some of our sports heroes are paid millions of dollars a year like Payton Manning, of the Broncos, at 18 million. Derek Jeter of the Yankees agreed to a one-year, 12 million contract. And, Shaquille O'Neal is reported to have made 20 million in...

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8 Ways To Help Your Grandkids Become Financially Responsible

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:37 AM

Since the beginning of this year, I have used this blog to continue to help parents teach financial responsibility to their children of specific age groups. Now I am going to talk to you, the grandparents, about your participation in the education process.

Why Grandparents?
Aside from...

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Don't Be a (Financially) Stupid Cupid

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

The annual Valentines Day spending is $13.19 billion, an average of $116.21 per consumer. An estimated 196 million roses will be produced and 180 million cards will be exchanged. Remember the simple, yet profound, Beatles lyrics, "Money can't buy me love?" It was 50 years ago that we...

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Parents: Talk Climate Change With Your Kids

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 6:30 PM

What a Winter!
Polar vortex, sub-zero temperatures, snow in unexpected locations, and just plain discomfort, have Americans unhappy, and this particular American grumpy. The inevitable question gets tossed around: "How can there be global warming when this winter has been so cold?"

Last July I wrote a blog,...

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Parents: Teach Your High School Kids About Money

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Teaching your kids to be financially responsible does not end when they begin their high school years. I began this year by asking you to Resolve to Teach Your Kids About Money and began my series on financial education for progressing age groups. The next installment,...

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Parents: Stop the Money Lies You Tell Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 2:51 PM

A key to family financial health is transparency -- with your spouse, your children and yourself. Keeping money secrets and lies has you living in an alternate reality, and can have a devastating impact on your real world.

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Parents: Teach Your Tweens and Teens About Money

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 3:39 PM

We want our children to grow up to be financially literate, and it's up to parents to make this happen -- kids just aren't being taught in school. Only 16 states require students to be tested on economics, and only four states require high school graduates to complete...

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Parents: Resolve to Teach Your Kids About Money

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 12:13 PM

It's that time again. The new year has arrived, bringing renewed optimism. It's the time when we make vows to improve some area of our lives. Some decide to stop an unhealthy behavior. Others choose to start building healthy habits.

Unfortunately, 45 percent of Americans usually make a New...

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Don't Be a Scrooge: Spread the Joy of Paying Taxes!

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Paying taxes is probably not the feel good, holiday topic you were expecting, but it's all about perspective. Let's have have some help from those legendary, literary spirits.

Some form of taxation has been with us at least as long as recorded history. It has taken many forms...

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Teach Your Children Well -- It Pays Off

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:43 PM

This blog is to commend the parents, that I never met, of a kind son that I do not know. I often write of the mistakes that parents make, financial and otherwise. Perhaps, the good is, too often, ignored.

Now, I know you're probably saying to yourself: "Neale,...

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Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 5:50 PM

In a September blog, I asked parents to tell me what kids-and-money topics have them worried. I received a lot of different questions, and in a subsequent blog, I answered a sampling of them. Some of the questions and concerns centered around holidays and gifts, so...

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