Family and legacy

How Much Will Really Make You Happy?

Before we got married, we signed up for pre-marriage counselling at the local country church. The pastor asked about our thoughts on work, which was a sticking point: at the time I was working around the clock getting Barefoot up...

Kids and money

How Not to Raise a Spoilt Brat

Recently, I received the following email: “Hello Scott, We’re a PR firm representing a toothpaste company. We’ve commissioned some research on how much Aussie kids get from the Tooth Fairy. Can we pay you to comment on the research for...

Careers

Why it sucks to be a young person in Australia

If you see a Millennial — a person aged between 18 and 34 — go up and give them a great big hug. They need it. Australian Millennials are among the most miserable young people on the planet — well,...

Family and legacy

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby?

About four years ago, my wife entered our living room waving a pregnancy stick above her head like she was Mitchell Johnson triumphantly screaming HOWZAT! at the umpire. “We’re pregnant!” she cheered. I was like a defiant Indian batsman disputing...

Money and relationships

Barefoot, should I call off my wedding?

My column last week — why engagement rings are a scam (and why you’ll buy one anyway) — went off like a drunk uncle on the dance floor. I was flooded with emails. Perhaps it’s because we’re in the peak...

Money and relationships

If you earn over $30k you need to read this

It hit me this week. After spending the last 18 months planning, designing, and building, we’ve finally settled into our ‘dream home’. And let me tell you it feels…‘okay’. I mean it’s a nice house, but it’s not like I...

A Letter to My Second-Born

You’re seven hours old. As I sit here beside your crib, typing ever-so-quietly, sneaking a look every so often at your squished-up face (hey, it’s been a rough day), I can’t get over that you’re just so … new. Baby,...

Family and legacy

Cheaters Anonymous

Mothers. Fathers. Husbands. Wives. Every one of them betrayed. Yes, as we’ve learned this week, 37 million members of the world’s second largest dating website, Ashley Madison (catch-cry “Life is short. Have an Affair”), have had their personal details hacked....

Money and relationships

My Year of Spending Dangerously

Last year our family home burned to the ground, with everything still inside it. This week, after 488 (often sleepless) nights, we are finally back on the farm. In fact I’m typing this from my brand-spanking new deck, overlooking the dam. It’s our slice of heaven — but we had to go through hell to get it. So let me tell you about those 488 days, and the things we learned along the way….

Family and legacy

The 10 Million Dollar Question:Kidults and Money

I must have sat through hundreds of investment lectures in my lifetime - but there’s only one that literally made my jaw drop. Let me tell you about it. It happened a few weeks ago in Omaha, at a talk that featured Warren Buffett’s only daughter, Susie, answering questions from the audience. A young Asian kid put up his hand and asked, “What would you do if your father had given you $10 million on your eighteenth birthday?”

Money and relationships

Switch Off.

Tuesday, 5pm, bath time. I’m going toe to toe with my toddler Louie, and losing. Badly. “Oh come on! You brush your teeth for your mother every single night! If she comes in here and finds you haven’t done your teeth, we’re both in trouble.” But it was no use. The more I pleaded, the tighter he gritted his teeth. I knew what he wanted.