Money Smart Mom, Financially Fit Parenting -Book Review & Giveaway

 When I was pregnant with my first child I did a lot of “baby research”. I spent hours in local book stores and the local library. What was I looking for? Some advice and guidance about this new role I was going to be in; Mom. There are a lot of baby books out there but one thing they don't discuss is money.

  You may not know how you are going to finance your child’s education, plan a will, cost effective ways to clothe and feed your baby but you will find endless books about how to swaddle, change and bathe your new babe. While all these are very important, I think that the whole financial aspect of pregnancy and raising a child is very overlooked.

 In comes Money Smart Mom-Financially Fit Parenting. The author, Sarah Deveau also saw the need for some guidance when it comes to being a financially fit parent. One of the best things about this book is that it is written by a Canadian Mom!

 What’s in the book? The book is written in twelve chapters discussing planning to become pregnant, Maternity benefits, RESPs, and much more.

1. Making the Decision
2. She’s Glowing
3. The Basics
4. Navigating Government Benefits
5. Preparing for the Future
6. Running Your Household
7. Maxing Out the Credit Cards
8. The First Year
9. To Preschool
10. As They Grow
11. Not According to Plan
12. Learn More

A bonus in the book, Money Smart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting are the work sheets to calculate your net worth and budget. I personally use excel for my household budgeting with a template from GailVazOxlade.com 

 Deveaux has written this book from a parent’s standpoint, not a stuffy financial advisor who speaks in undecipherable financial lingo. Money Smart Mom is a very helpful resource for new parents and ones with experience like me.

About Sarah Deveau 

Sarah Deveau is the author of Money Smart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting. Her book is available through her website at www.moneysmartmom.ca or from chapters.indigo.ca .

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  1. I'm most interested in reading: Running Your Household.
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  3. kyleandshannon09@hotmail.comFebruary 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I would want to read chapter 1 that is the hardest part for me is to make the decision knowing the financial stress it can cause. Especially since you are essentially living on half your salary.

  4. I would like to read the chapter called:

    Running Your Household

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  12. I would like to read the chapter on "The First Year" as I am looking for creative ways to maintain financial ground with a decreased income during my maternity leave.

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  14. I would most like to read the maxing out the credit cards chapter. That seems to be where we are at right now :(

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