Mar 28, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Three Cups

Three Cups is a beautifully illustrated hard cover book based on one family's true experience in teaching their kids about money. Written by Mark St. Germain, the book retells the story of Tony Townsley and his wife and their endeavor to teach their children that it is  not how much money you have that is important, it's how you use it.

The book itself is tremendously inviting to pick up and read. The illustrations by April Willy are simply beautiful and capture the pure spirit of the story.  Beyond the beautiful appeal of the book, Three Cups is written in such warm tones as the story of how these parents tauht their children the value of money, saving and of giving.


While I do not want to tell everything about Tony and his wife's ingenious methods, I will say that they have come up with an idea so simple yet so impressive, it would be something every parent can  implement with their children.

From Tony himself-

"As new parents, my wife and I wanted to find a way to teach our children about money, so we agreed on using a weekly allowance to accomplish this. We thought it equally important to teach our children good values as related to money (saving, spending and charity) to help them develop positive habits early on that would last them the rest of their lives. This was when we came up with the idea of using three cups. We've tried to teach our children that it is not how much money you have that is important, it's how you use it. The three cups we have given them have led us on many wonderful adventures together and have brought our family a lot of joy. We hope you will experience the same joy, excitement and success using three cups with your children... and will share the Three Cups story with others."
I would highly recommend Three Cups to parents and Grandparents. It is  a book you can read with your kids, and inspire conversation on money, and how it can affect your life. It will also  encourage parents and children to discover their own strategies for saving money, and build a foundation of positive habits and stong values.

Mark Townsley has generously agreed to give two copies of Three Cups to two readers of Happy Healthy Families!

The Giveaway

To enter, leave me a comment telling me if you give, or do not give, an allowance to your kids, and how you made the decision. (Please leave a valid email with your comment.)

Extra Entries

1.Visit the " share your adventure" page on the Three Cups website. Then leave me a comment telling me one thing a parent shared after reading the book. (5 extra entries!)


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6. Post about this giveaway on your blog (5 extra entries!)

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8. Leave a comment on another post, or enter another giveaway, and tell me where.

9.Subscribe to Happy Healthy Families.

Giveaway will end April 14th. Open to U.S.addresses.
Two winners will be chosen by random .org. 
Winners will be notified by email and on this blog, and wil have 3 days to confirm, or a new winner will be drawn. 


~I was given a copy of this book to read and review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own, and others may have different opinions.~


34 comments:

Unknown said...

First, I'm following you from harriets comment challenge better last than never - and second my son is older than this but I did give him an allowance - and I did give him books about money but I wish they were more like this. More his age. Even the kids books werent really for kids. they were mostly text with a few cartoons thrown is..this is much better

Tracy

Benita said...

I stopped giving an allowance to the kids when they were old enough to work and had gotten jobs.

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slb3334 said...

We give an allowance based on their age.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

allowance based on their age

Joannie said...

We gave our daughter an allowance until she to a job as a teenager. She did chores around the house to earn extra funds as needed.
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erma said...

We try to give my kids an allowance.
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Jinxy and Me said...

I don't have my own kids yet and my nephew is still too young for allowance.

Renee G said...

We do give our boys and allowance --- 1/2 goes into savings at the bank and 1/2 goes into their piggy bank so they can save for things they really want.
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Kimberly said...

I will, but it's too soon for that now. I think it's important to teach kids about savings and budgeting.
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susan1215 said...

Each of our kids get a set amount if they do their chore, if they don't complete their chores then we deduct an amount. They get paid extra when they mow the lawn.

Anonymous said...

Allowance is based on years equals dollars, per week!

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dreamcleavers said...

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we do not give our kids an allowance, which I think I should change. We have a 13 year old who is nearing employment and I think it would be a great step in getting him ready

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lilyk said...

I don't have kids yet but if I did I would give an allowance to them.

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Major Mommy said...

I follow via GFC

Major Mommy said...

I do give a small allowance to each of my children - all 6 of them, because I thought that it would help them to manage money.
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Wow! The adventure share page has some good reviews. My personal favorite is by Tracy Miller. I love the idea of a charity cup as well as the thought of my children saving money just "watch it grow".

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