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Northwest iTimes
December 8, 2011
"Three Cups" becomes teaching lesson for children

Jennifer Khadivar's eyes light up when talking about a financial education book that changed her life.

But the biggest effect wasn't on the Valparaiso mother. It was on her 6-year-old son, Ryan.  

Now, Khadivar, associate campus director of the University of Phoenix in Merrillville, is working to spread the message of financial literacy for children in the region after incorporating the lessons from a book called "Three Cups" into her household.


Publisher's Weekly
November 8, 2011
Three Cups: A Lesson in Life and Money for Children

Townsley’s and St. Germain’s text offers an irresistibly simple proposal in story form. On his fifth birthday, a boy receives the gift of three cups from his parents. One is for spending, one for saving, the third for giving. That’s where he is to keep his allowance; how much goes into each cup changes over time. At the book’s end, the cycle begins again, with a new generation. The text includes a parents’ guide. The book began its life as a self-published volume and has sold more than 30,000 copies through card stores and financial institutions. Willy’s warm-toned, ultra-realistic painterly illustrations are Norman Rockwellian; some will adore the nostalgia; others, maybe not so much. But the need for financial responsibility lessons is ageless, and this little course goes down easy. Ages 4-8. 

Childhood Matters Radio Show - San Francisco
April 30, 2010
Teaching kids how to save, spend and be charitable.

As part of National Financial Literacy Month in April 2010, Interactive Parenting Media in association with Bank of the West in San Francisco, California, aired this special radio program on Childhood Matters and featured Three Cups as the perfect tool to teach young children how to save, spend and be charitable with their money. Click on "VIEW ARTICLE" to listen to the show.

Amundsen House of Chaos (blog)
March 11, 2010
Three Cups Book Review

Wow! What a great book to teach a timeless principle. In the financial environment of today, it can be easy to overlook teaching our kids how to manage their money. But if you don't teach them when they are young, when will you teach them? Three Cups is a simple concept that every 5 year old can follow. It involves three cups and the division of money into three catagories. You'll have to read it to know what those are!

Stay At Home Mom (blog)
March 10, 2010
Three Cups Book Review

This book is a great foundation to teach children the importance of managing their money in a responsible way. Three Cups will help teach children positive habits about money. I recommend this book to both parents and grandparents.

Heavenly Savings (blog)
March 10, 2010
Three Cups Book Review

I would encourage everyone to take a look at Three Cups. There are not many children's books that teach earning, saving and donating. I think it is wonderful that this book explains it so openly and plainly for children to understand. The first thing my daughter did was grab the book out of my hand and said, "Mom let me."

Susan Heim on Parenting (blog)
February 26, 2010
Teaching Children How to Save, Spend and be Charitable with Money.

Teaching kids about money and finances should start as early as possible. That’s why it’s so important that we begin talking to children about money management at a young age. Three Cups is a beautifully written story that entertains children, but teaches, too. My six-year-old twins really enjoyed reading this book and were very intrigued by the “Three Cups” system of money management. Since many people are facing money difficulties right now, this might even be a good system for all members of the family to share in together!

Momma's Gone Over the Wall (blog)
February 12, 2010
Three Cups Book Review

The idea of separating money into three cups teaches children money management, responsibility, and compassion. But the concept is simple enough for even young children to grasp. With the economic status of the country right now, I think it's important for my son to learn to handle money from an early age on. I want him to feel confident in his financial decisions, but to also realize there are many people out there who could use a helping hand.

Simply Stacie (blog)
February 1, 2010
Book Review

Three Cups is based on a true story of a 5 year-old boy who received 3 cups for his birthday from his parents who were trying to teach him to save, spend and give to charity. Three Cups is an easy to read, cute book that teaches children a valuable lesson in many ways. The illustrations are very heartwarming which makes it a cozy book and it retails for only $10.

JGA News
January 28, 2010
Delve into a Book on Giving

If the youngsters in your life haven’t yet delved into their first book of the New Year, I have a few suggestions to get them off to a great start. Three Cups is a great book for teaching children about sharing and caring for others 

Energizer Bunny Mommy Reports (blog)
January 23, 2010
A Winner!

In a day and age where people are not careful about how they manage their finances, we as parents have a moral responsibility to bring up our children with strong foundational values concerning finances. Three Cups is a book that will help you do just that. This is definitely a book that will make a great birthday, Christmas or special occasion present for a child 4 years and above. It's an investment you will not regret.

Central Indiana Community Foundation
January 20, 2010
The Next Generation of Philanthropy

Parents need to teach their children about the importance of charitable giving. Like saving money, it’s a learned behavior, one that needs to be introduced and reinforced through modeling, experiences and structured behavioral practices. Being charitable with our dollars is an important life lesson, and the earlier this is learned, the better for all of us. Three Cups is a true story of how parents taught their children the important lesson of how to be thoughtful and deliberate in saving, spending and sharing their money. It's not about how much money one has, but rather how one uses it, that really matters. The knowledge and practice of charitable giving can change a child's life, a family's life, and create change in our community.

Boston Food and Whine
December 17, 2009
Toys for Tots

If you have a young child you would like to introduce to charity and giving, I found a great book this past weekend that I’d love to share with you. It’s called Three Cups and is written my Mark St. Germain. It’s a great book about giving… and the best part of all is that it’s based on a true story. Enjoy!

Simply Put Together
July 6, 2009
Helping Kids Understand Money

This book has the distinct quality of the timeliness and beauty you would find in a classic. The message is powerful. It teaches kids the value of saving, for themselves, for their future and for others (via charity). It's an easy read for parents and kids. The tenets of the book are so simple, any family can practice them and succeed at teaching children the importance of managing money. This book is not just another book.

Rutgers University Project/Economics for Children
May 29, 2009
Reviews - New Book

Overall, Three Cups is a great introduction to managing money for the entire family. The book concludes with a parent's guide, filled with suggestions on how families can implement their own version of three cups.

Love my Grandchild
April 7, 2009
Book Review: Three Cups

Imagine your life all over again with a clear and simple money management system in place at the tender age of 5... how might your life be different today?

Indy's Child
April 1, 2009
New Book Helps Parents Educate Children on Importance of Financial Responsibility

Not only does this informative book teach children the methods of budgeting money, but the author also teaches how to make budgeting an adventure.

Onechicmama.com
March 24, 2009
Teach Your Kids About Money

Teaching children the value of saving, as well as being charitable, will serve them well. It's easy to spend - sometimes too easy. Yet learning that it's equally important to save and to be charitable with our dollars are important life lessons that some folks don't learn until it's too late.

Academy Leadership
February 5, 2009
Three Cups Teaches Values... of Money

Three Cups shows the way that lessons in saving, spending and giving to charity can change a child's life... and a family's life.

Scouting News
January 22, 2009
Scouter Writes Money Management Book for Children

The solution they came up with was simple: Each child would get a set amount per week, but that amount would be divided into three categories: Saving, spending and charity.

The Criterion
October 31, 2008
Three Cups Teaches Values and the Value of Money

The story is sweet, heartwarming and even offers a lesson in financial management - a lesson that seems especially meaningful today as families struggle in difficult financial times.

WIBC Radio
October 4, 2008
Investing Sense by Denny Smith

Teaching our children and grandchildren the lessons of financial success begins with first teaching them the lessons of how to properly spend and save their money. This heirloom book will be a wonderful addition to any child's first library and will most certainly be one they can pass along to the next generation.

The Catholic Moment
September 14, 2008
Three Cups Full of Wisdom for Children

Three Cups strives to teach children how to use money wisely through charity, savings and spending... If they use the cups from an early age, they are given a foundation that will always stay with them.

GrandKidsGiftGuide.com
August 17, 2008
Three Cheers for Three Cups

Once in a while, a book comes around that can change the direction of a child's life. Three Cups, a new children's book based on a true story, has the potential to do just that.