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Arun is a noted strategic thinker and writer; he is chairman of ipac and a strategy consultant. Arun has a passion for helping people enjoy more fulfilling lives by identifying their values and goals, and putting clear plans in place to achieve them. This led to him co-found the international lifestyle financial planning firm ipac 28 years ago and to co-write his latest book How Much is Enough? Money, Time and Happiness, A Guide to Making the Right Choices

As director of the Smith Family in Australia and father of two boys, Arun is particularly concerned with bringing up emotionally-resilient and financially successful children with a strong sense of their own values.

So how much is enough when it comes to our children? Enough that they feel they can do anything, but not so much that they feel like doing nothing.

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Choosing a University Course - Discover What You Love

24/09/2012 - 15:11

Editor's Note: At this time of year, Year Twelve students in Australia are studying for their final exams, and many of them are still wondering what to study at University, or which career path Read full post
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Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President

15/11/2011 - 12:53

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. Read full post
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A Christmas Present for Your Child That Lasts All Year

29/11/2010 - 10:04

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Parents - It's Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

30/10/2010 - 10:51

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. Read full post
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Educating our Children for Long-Lasting Fulfilment

05/07/2010 - 09:25

When it comes to bringing up our children most of us would agree we want them to be happy. So the way we educate and raise them should reflect this. Read full post
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Arun Abey - ANU Speech - Connection Between Happiness and Wealth

26/12/2011 - 11:28

Some decades ago, I sat where you are sitting, waiting to get my degree. It was one the greatest days of my life. Read full post
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Financial literacy for the whole family

13/09/2010 - 15:34

Research shows families work best when everyone is motivated by a common set of goals and values. When you try to commercialise aspects of family life, you undermine the sense of pride and satisfaction your children get from contributing to these goals and values.

After all, family life is different from work life - there is unconditional love and no one can be made redundant. So instead of trying to emulate work life with work for reward, you should try and foster an environment where relationships have value in their own right.

That said, it is important to teach your children a sense of financial responsibility by making money visible, allowing them to be involved in the family finances and teaching them about investing. For more on this, please visit my post on reflections at
http://ipac5.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/financial-literacy-for-the-whole-f...

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