Azhar Laher is a proud father and husband, social entrepreneur, teacher and mentor. Confessions of a Dad came to fruition after Azhar realized that he had a responsibility to explain the basics of money management to his kids without boring them to tears. He wanted his kids to avoid making the early financial mistakes he made in his own life.
– So Azhar how did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“I became a writer by accident. I am a part-time writer who wanted to leave a legacy for my children. Writing allows me to express my thoughts and ideas without any parameters and boundaries. I can write on any topic without being restricted by rules and norms. Writing is an outlet.”
– Was getting published hard?
“Understanding the world of self-publishing is difficult in the beginning. Once you understand the formula, the road to publishing becomes easier. I did not even pursue the non-self-publishing route, purely because of how competitive the market is.”
– Are your characters based on people you know?
“The two characters in my book are my teenage children. This non-fiction book on the topic of personal finance traces their money mistakes and provides advice from a Dad on the value of money.
– What genre is your book?
“Personal finance aimed at young adults.”
– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I try and write for 30 minutes every day.”
– What are your current projects?
“No current projects. But exploring topics related to leadership.”
Confessions of a Dad
This is the definitive guide to personal finance for teenagers and young adults! Azhar Laher started out on a journey to educate his own children about how to manage their money, and ended up writing an entire book on the subject. With light hearted wit and heavy sincerity, Confessions of a Dad is filled to the brim with a lifetime of wisdom on topics that everyone should know, including:
• Educating your children about financial responsibility.
• How to create and stick to a budget to track your spending.
• Using credit cards and staying out of debt.
• Being wise about the big financial decisions in life.
• Living free to pursue your passions.
Young people today have far less financial knowledge than any other generation that has come before them. The schools don’t teach it, the media doesn’t teach it, and if you’re like the majority of parents out there today, you haven’t done a very good job of teaching them yourself. To make matters worse, our young are some of the primary targets of the ever-present advertising industry.
If you don’t want your kids to come running to you to get them out of financial trouble; if you want them to be able to take care of their own money; if you want to make sure that their children are ready to go out into the world on their own, this is the book for you, and it’s the only book that you will ever need to buy on the subject.
THE GOAL OF THE BOOK
Good parents teach their children the importance of eating well. They stress personal hygiene and insist on regular flossing. The majority of moms and dads also emphasize academic achievements and a good work ethic to guarantee a brighter future for their kids.
Unfortunately, most well¬ meaning parents have missed a vital ingredient necessary to help their kids become financially astute adults.
This book will help parents (and young adults) with the confidence to talk about money and learn to be financially free.
It is our job as parents to give our children the wings to thrive in the real world.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Azhar Laher volunteers with the Toronto District School Board, preparing new Canadians for the job market. He has worked in the Human Resources industry for over twenty-five years and held senior strategic positions in both South Africa and Canada. Azhar is also a real estate investor, public speaker, sports fanatic and enjoys travelling with his family.
Since 2014, Azhar Laher has been teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of Human Resources Management and Strategy. He is currently Professor of Human Resources in the School of Business at Seneca College. He continues to have a keen interest in personal finance, money management and financial freedom.