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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:

  • Money Can’t Buy Happiness.
  • Some rich people live poor lives.
  • Budget isn’t a bad word.
    How to Easily Save $1378 Each Year
  • Beware of the Diderot Effect.
  • Wealth lessons from Vincent Van Gogh
  • Know good debt and bad debt.
  • Many more chapters that will change your outlook on money

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 your children are ready to go out into the world on their own, this is the book for you.



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 youth 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, then this is the book for you – and it’s the only book that you’ll ever need to buy on the subject.

Azhar is not a personal finance advisor. His fascination with personal finance started seven years ago when he tried to explain the basics of money management to his children. He wanted to educate his kids about financial freedom and money management so that they would not make the same mistakes he did. He has written this book book in order to share his experiences and offer guidance to other parents.

The purpose of this book is twofold. First, it is an attempt to help equip parents with the skills and knowledge necessary to educate their children (and themselves). For parents who simply do not know what to say to their kids about money, this book will serve as a guide. The book also includes personal letters that he has have written to his children, Nazeefah and Nabeel. These notes contain heartfelt instructions about the concepts that he hopes  can learn, and then apply, within their own lives. His hope is that these letters will resonate with parents and help kids realize that they are not alone when it comes to difficulty understanding money. I truly believe that once our children have learned the core concepts of personal finance, they will have the tools they need to be financially free. This is the driving inspiration in writing this book.


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.

Azhar has founded and managed several internet businesses, and is the founder of the Thornhill Wealth Forum­­. The philosophy of the Forum is “if you want more wealth, you must be supportive of the wealth of others”. 

Azhar also 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 a public speaker, sports fanatic and enjoys travelling with his family. Since 2014, Azhar 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 Leadership and Human Resources at Seneca College. Azhar loves to have one on one money discussions with young adults and continues to give workshops at schools and colleges. Speak to Azhar about a workshop at your school or university.