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The Art of Allowance Podcast | Parenting | Families | Money Smarts | Financial Literacy

42 EpisodesProduced by John LanzaWebsite

The Art of Allowance Podcast is hosted by John Lanza, the author of "The Art of Allowance: A Short, Practical Guide to Raising Money-Smart, Money-Empowered Kids." John is also the Chief Mammal and Creator of The Money Mammals, the award-winning DVD and picture book series that helps get kids excite… read more

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AOA 040: Noise, Choice-Fullness and Monetary Control — With Guest Robert Reiher

September 18th, 2020


How does "noise" pose a threat to our children's futures?

On this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, Dr. Robert Reiher offers insight into the concept of "noise" and explains its relationship to cognitive …

AOA 039: Five Jars and Many Teachable Moments Raising Money-Smart Kids — With Guest Robin Taub

August 21st, 2020


Does the tried-and-true three-jar system have room for two additions? Robin Taub makes the case for "Earn" and "Invest" to join the traditional "Share," "Save" and "Spend Smart" jars during this episode of The Art of …

AOA 038: Raising a Money-Smart, Commercial-Free Child - With Guest Josh Golin

July 31st, 2020


Is it possible to protect our kids from rampant consumerism in a social media age? Josh Golin, now Executive Director of the Campaign for a …

AOA 037: The Correlation Between Physical and Financial Health - With Guest Barbara O'Neill

July 10th, 2020


Just how strong is the relationship between a person's physical and financial health? Dr. Barbara O’Neill will gladly fill you in. Barbara is a Certified Financial Planner as well as the owner and CEO of Money Talk: …

AOA 036: Raising Money-Smart and Time-Affluent Kids - With Returning Guest Ashley Whillans

June 19th, 2020


Ashley Whillans is my first returning guest! Ashley is a self-described "time nerd" and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in …

AOA 035: How to Turn Your Kids into Smarter Shoppers - With Consumer Expert Guest Trae Bodge

May 29th, 2020


You've taught your child to save and share ... but how about to spend? Trae Bodge can help you tackle this important step in any money-smart journey! An accomplished lifestyle journalist and television commentator, Trae …

AOA 034: Is there a case for tying chores to allowance? —With Guest Cameron Huddleston

May 8th, 2020


Is there a case for tying chores to allowance? If so, then Cameron Huddleston will make it. Cameron is an award-winning journalist with more than 18 years of experience writing about personal finance. Her work has …

AOA 033: Merging Money and Hip Hop to Help Children Define Money Values and Encourage Entrepreneurship — with Guest Andrea Ferrero

April 17th, 2020


In this episode, I talk to Andrea Ferrero. Andrea is a co-founder of Pockets Change, an organization that uses hip hop pedagogy to change the way personal finance is taught to kids. Andrea has enjoyed over a decade of …

AOA 032: Conversations, Questions and Self-Care — How Parents Can Help Their Kids Through a Crisis — With Special Guest Lucy Rimalower

March 24th, 2020


Are you wondering how best to talk to your kids during a crisis?    With coronavirus and COVID-19 dominating our lives, I thought it would be helpful …

AOA 031: Cultivating Intentionality and a Growth Mindset in Your Allowance Program - With Guests Mark and Kimberlee Barnes

February 21st, 2020


Are you looking for ideas to incorporate into your allowance program? Then you’ll enjoy my conversation with Mark and Kimberlee Barnes, the “Not So Perfect Parents.” Mark and Kimberlee are both educators — Mark is a …

AOA 030: Personal Finance Education Program Efficacy and Student Loan Debt Perspective — With Guest Carly Urban

February 4th, 2020


Wondering about the effectiveness of personal finance education in the classroom? Did you know that there is good and bad student debt? My recent …

AOA 029: Raising Money-Smart Kids by Giving Them Total Control of Their Money — With "First National Bank of Dad" Author David Owen

January 10th, 2020


Do you fret about giving your kids too much autonomy when it comes to money and allowance? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, my guest David Owen offers a candid, funny and time-tested glimpse into the …

AOA 028: How to Have More Fun and Less Stuff This Holiday Season with Guests Guinevere Higgins and Kelley Dennings of New Dream

December 6th, 2019


The Holidays are here and we can help you shift the focus from things to experiences with great advice from New Dream. In this episode, I talk to …

AOA 027: How Over $100k in Student Loan Debt Sparked an Educator's Passion to Teach Financial Literacy to Families (Including His Own) — with Guest Kyle Osborne

November 22nd, 2019


Do you ever wonder where the real heroes are? Look no further than Council Bluffs, Iowa. In this episode, I talk with Kyle Osborne, the Director of Financial Literacy at TS Institute in southwest Iowa, about helping …

AOA Small Change 002: What Does Money-Empowered Mean to You?

November 7th, 2019


In this second installment of our shorter format episodes — which we call Small Change — I explore the term “money-empowered.” This is a stated goal of The Art of Allowance (heck, it’s part of the subtitle) and it’s a …

AOA 026: Facing Your Fears, Working to Earn and Having Money Conversations with Your Kids - With Guest Ruth Soukup

October 11th, 2019


Unsure of how to initiate and keep up the money conversation with your kids? My recent discussion with Ruth Soukup can shed some light on this crucial step in the financial literacy journey. A mother of two girls, Ruth …

AOA 025: Materialism, Well-Being and the Human Value System - With Guest Tim Kasser

September 20th, 2019


Looking for ways to help your children combat the pervasive notion of materialism? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, I have a …

AOA 024: College Funding and Financing 101 - With Guest David Flores Wilson

August 30th, 2019


Feeling perplexed by all the higher education financing options available to both you and your child? My recent Art of Allowance Podcast guest, David …

AOA 023: Navigating the College Admissions Process Waters with The Scholarship Shark - With Guest Pam Andrews

August 9th, 2019


In this episode, I talk with Pam Andrews, The Scholarship Shark! Pam helped her son win over $700,000 in scholarship money to help pay for his …

AOA 022: Discussing Financial Literacy at Home and in the Classroom - With Guest Breanna Reish

July 12th, 2019


Curious as to how to tackle the financial literacy conversation both at home and in the classroom? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, I talk to Breanna Reish, a Certified Financial Planner and the owner of …

AoA Small Change 001 - Top Takeaways from the First Five Episodes of The Art of Allowance

June 21st, 2019


Here’s a little something new at The Art of Allowance Podcast. This is the first of our mini episodes, which we’re calling “Small Change.” Each “Small Change” episode is shorter than our typical interview-format shows …

AOA 021: Navigating the Breakthrough Allowance and Raising Money-Empowered Kids with the "Dad Edge" - With Guest Larry Hagner

June 6th, 2019



Are you interested in changing up your tween's or teen's allowance program but worried about giving him too much money responsibility too early? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, I speak with Larry …

AOA 020: How Science Can Help Us Make Better Money and Time Decisions with Our Kids (and Ourselves) - With Guest Ashley Whillans

May 24th, 2019


Want to know how money impacts happiness (and how you can talk to your kids about it)? I tackle this important question in this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast with the help of my guest, Ashley Whillans. Ashley …

AOA 019: "The Formula" for Parenting Successful Children - With Guests Ron Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson - and How Their Plan Can Help You Raise Money-Smart Kids

May 10th, 2019


Interested in the secret to raising high achieving kids? In this episode, I talk to Ronald Ferguson and Tatsha Robertson. They teamed up to write The …

AOA 018: Getting Your Kids Started with Investing and Facilitating Money-Smart Conversations with Allowance - With Guests Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha

April 26th, 2019


Looking for ways to facilitate better money-smart conversations with your family?Interested in investing with your kids but unsure of how to …

AOA 017: The Importance of Intentionality in Raising Money-Smart Kids - With Guest Kelsa Dickey

April 12th, 2019


This was a fun episode to record. Financial coach, Kelsa Dickey, is my guest and we discuss so much that I think will be valuable for you: the importance of simple conversations, even with very young kids, the power of …

AOA 016: Your Kids as Your Business Owners with Dave Hanley, CEO of Tomorrow

March 26th, 2019


Dave Hanley is CEO of Tomorrow, an app that helps families make long-term financial and legal decisions together for the first time, in an easy-to-use app designed to protect their futures. Dave is an incurable …

AOA 015: The Importance of an Allowance in Opening Up a Money Conversation with Your Kids — with Guest Ashley LeBaron

January 25th, 2019


This episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast features Ashley LeBaron, a researcher in Family Studies and Human Development at The University of Arizona.  Her research focuses on family finance, including couple finance …

AOA 014: What ‘Doggie Donations’ and Protection from Bears Taught a Moose About Family Finances — With Guest Morgan (‘Moose’) Wright

November 30th, 2018


Are you ready for "Moose"? In this episode of The Art of Allowance Podcast, I talk with Morgan ("Moose") Wright. Morgan's life enthusiasm is as infectious as his allowance program is novel. In fact, it was my previous …

AOA 013: Toxic Stress, Executive Function and Why Videogames Might Teach Financial Literacy Better Than Books – With Child Psychology Researcher Chuck Kalish

November 16th, 2018


This episode (Lucky Number 13!) of The Art of Allowance Podcast features Chuck Kalish, the Director of Science for The Society for Research in Child …

AOA 012: An Early Savings Habit Leads to More Money-Smart Skills - with Youth Financial Literacy Pioneer Sam Renick

October 28th, 2018


In this episode, I talk to Sam Renick, the award-winning financial educator who created Sammy Rabbit to help kids get in the savings habit. Sam is a true pioneer in youth financial literacy who’s has spent two decades …

AOA 011: Financial Education in the Schools and at Home with Jump$tart Coalition Executive Director Laura Levine

October 12th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Laura Levine. Laura is the Executive Director of the Jump$tart Coalition. We are a partner with this terrific non-profit …

AOA 010: Financial Well Being for Your Kids Based on the Current Youth Financial Literacy Research with Elizabeth Odders-White

September 27th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Elizabeth Odders-White. Elizabeth is a researcher from the University of Wisconsin Madison who has recently struck out …

AoA 009: A Conversation About Kids (of all ages) and Money with Personal Finance Columnist and CNBC personality Kelli Grant

September 13th, 2018


In this episode, I talk to Kelli Grant, Personal Finance and Consumer Spending Reporter for CNBC. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney and Kiplinger's Personal Finance among …

AoA 008: Essential Money Lessons a Financial Advisor and Dad has Taught his Kids — with Tom Henske

August 6th, 2018


In this episode, I talk to Tom Henske of Lenox Partners. Tom is a Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor to many wealthy clients in New York City. He also created their Money Smart Kids program. He leverages …

AOA 007: Financial Education Tips for Teens and Kids of All Ages from an Expert Dad – with Bill Dwight of FamZoo

July 3rd, 2018


Bill Dwight is the founder of FamZoo, a "Virtual Family Bank" that integrates prepaid card accounts with family finance software to help parents and kids develop responsible money habits through hands-on experience. …

AOA 006: An Award Winning Financial Educator on the Importance of Starting the Money Conversation and Creating "The Family Jar" – with guest Tabatha Thurman

June 12th, 2018


Tabatha Thurman is an award winning financial literacy educator who has taught money smarts to tens of thousands of Oklahomans. She is also a mom to …

AOA 005: Learn the Importance of Balance to Help Your Allowance Program Grow with Your Child into Her Teen Years – with guest Atsuko

May 15th, 2018


Atsuko, a mom, emailed me recently to say that her now 16-year-old daughter had started learning money smarts with The Money Mammals back in our …

AOA 004: How a $100 Per Month Allowance for your Tween or Teenager Can Save a Parent Money - The Art of Allowance Podcast - with guest Melissa Disharoon

April 10th, 2018


Though her husband and sister were skeptical of the large amount, Melissa took the leap to a much larger Breakthrough Allowance for her three teenagers. She soon discovered that she was saving money with the new …

A0A 003: How a Financial Educator Plans to Teach His Young Son to Become Money-Smart - The Art of Allowance Podcast - with guest Jeremy Cybulski

April 10th, 2018


Jeremy Cybulski is a Credit Union Developmental Educator (CUDE) who has presented financial literacy to thousands of kids. He is also now a dad to a …

A0A 002: A Mom Discovers an Allowance System that Finally Works - The Art of Allowance Podcast - with guest Sondi Sepanuk

April 5th, 2018


Sondi Sepanuk is a friend and mom who was frustrated by allowance programs that didn’t work for her family until we discussed a different approach that immediately made sense to her. We discuss what didn’t work before, …

AOA 001: What to Expect from The Art of Allowance Podcast - A Short Primer - The Art of Allowance Podcast - with host John Lanza

March 25th, 2018


In this short primer episode, John goes over some helpful information for new listeners of the podcast to help clarify key concepts and ideas that …

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