So glad you stopped by! I have a great game to share with you that is not only fun, but it teaches teens and even pre-teens about real life and money! It is called Thrive Time for Teens. I have to tell you ahead of time that I personally thought I would be forcing the children to play. I mean many of the educational games out are often boring, especially when learning about finances. I was wrong! After setting up the game and reading through the rules, my children were heard discussing, stocks, giving to charity, opening a savings account, etc. My 15 year old son even said he enjoys this game more than Monopoly! This game also opened discussions on the amount of money spent on items and whether an items was even really needed. The board is set up with 2 different paths you can be on. One is thriving and the other is diving. As you play you have to make decisions based on the card you pick up, and every decision affects whether you thrive or dive. The first one to the Thrive space wins. After their first game they "dove" right back into their second game. Throughout the game you will hear cheers and sighs. This is definitely a game worth having and using to teach your teen some of the realities of life.
About Thrive Time for Teens:
"Pay Your Family First, LLC works to educate today's youth and their families through innovative and easy-to-understand programs that are applicable to real-world situations. We are an organization dedicated to empowerment through financial literacy and entrepreneurship training designed to build a more prosperous future.
About Sharon LechterA life-long education advocate, Sharon Lechter is the founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization, and YOUTHpreneur, an innovative new way to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our children.
Sharon is co-author of the Best-Selling Books: Think and Grow Rich -
Three Feet from Gold, Rich Dad Poor Dad and the Rich Dad
series of books.
In 2008 Sharon was appointed to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. She and the 18 other members of the council, selectively appointed by President Bush, continue to serve President Obama and advise him on the need for financial literacy education. "
An example of the Thrive cards would be: "You find a lost pet and return it to the owner. The owner gives you a reward of $100." You would then collect the $100 and move forward one Thrive space. A Dive card would be:"You forgot to unsubscribe to an online service and you have been charged $50 each month for two months. Pay $100 cash OR use your credit card for the full amount." If you pay the cash you move back one space, if you use a credit card you move back 2 spaces and have to pay an extra $25 credit card fee. The realities of life. One of my children had a card where they left their school locker unlocked and their wallet and shoes were stolen. Boy, did he whine on that one!
Here are a couple of interesting facts from their website Pay Your Family First:
Did you know that 76% of teens don’t know if using a check-cashing service is a good choice or a bad choice? Or that just 26% understand credit card fees?*.
When you run out of the sheets you fill out for each game you have the ability to print more off. My 17 year old suggested that they design small dry erase boards with the information needed printed on it and then you can just erase for the next use. Also you do some erasing during the game and this would be even easier.
Thrive Time for Teens is a great educational game and the best part is it is fun! You can purchase Thrive Time for Teens on their website for $29.95 plus shipping.
This would make a great Family Fun Night game, not only fun but educational too. Maybe some of us parents would benefit from playing!
The winner of this giveaway will receive their own Thrive Time for Teens Game.
Mandatory Entry:Visit the Thrive Time Website and browse around, then leave a comment here and tell me if you think your teen (or the teen you would be giving this to) really understands the reality of handling money and making decisions. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/28 at 11:59 pm CST . The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)
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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive the Thrive Time for Teens game for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Thrive Time for Teens website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.