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The Money JAR Episode #15: Me, My Kids, and Our Money Decisions

Where is a child’s place in making family money decisions? How do we involve kids with how much we spend on them? Todd and Evan answer these questions this week with the help of Jayne Pearl, a journalist and author of the Kids and Money book series. She shares some creative methods to address budget decisions around clothes, groceries, and back-to-school shopping, and where to draw financial boundaries. She also introduces us to the terms “cost of cool” and “affluenza.”


Jayne Pearl is a journalist and entertaining speaker, focusing on family business and financial parenting. She is also co-author (with Richard Morris) of Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation (John E. Wiley, 2010) and recently released a guide book series about kids and money. Jayne began her career at Forbes and was former senior editor of Family Business magazine, to which she has contributed for more than 20 years. She has written hundreds of articles about family business, financial parenting, personal finance and business management. She is revising her second novel and when time allows she enjoys birdwatching, biking and music — writing and singing as well as listening to local musicians, including her son, Ryan Hommel, a touring guitarist and music producer.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Mindy Lockard

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engineering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He previously served on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, and he plays the trumpet.

Mindy is an internationally recognized leadership and etiquette expert, and for more than a decade, she has facilitated interpersonal workshops for college athletes and alumni, government agencies, corporations and professional organizations, and youth of all ages. Mindy also established G3 (The Gracious Girls’ Guide), a leadership guide for tween + teen girls that aids in equipping both girls and moms with key social skills/habits to help girls live Brave, Confident and Authentic lives; and the Leadership Academy, a program for middle school boys and girls that focuses on cultivating lifelong social and leadership skills. Mindy has been featured as a regular on-air television expert for KATU Afternoon Live, FOX 12 MORE Good Day Oregon, KING 5 Seattle and Huffington Post LIVE. She has been featured in publications such as Forbes Woman, Oregon Business Magazine, Women’s Day and InStyle Magazine, Real Simple, Better Homes and Garden and People’s Style Watch. She is married with two teenage girls and lives in Portland, OR.