How to Be Content with Enough

  Enough is a funny word.  It seems like we often know when we’ve eaten enough, experienced enough, seen enough, but how often can we recognize that place that gets us right up to enough, but doesn’t take us over? Is enough always related to excess? Can we be content before enough? Is there a place where we can be happy before we reach enough’s excess? I read an article by Ron Lieber this week. He’s …

What Are the Most Important Money Messages You Send?

Be Careful… They’re Watching!!! “Don’t worry, Mom – you can just go down to the store and use your money card.” Ouch! Is that what she’s learning? Does she really think that everything we need comes from a magic card I carry around in my wallet? As parents, we often think that we’re in charge – that we’re giving our kids important life lessons, at the right times. But the truth is, they’re learning their …

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How One Little Doll Can Help Kids Reach Their Goals

  Why is this doll starting at you with one good eye?  Does seeing that make you feel uncomfortable?  Good.  Read on… Why are some people so seemingly blessed at being successful – at accomplishing their goals – when the rest of us always seem to be waiting for the next big break to come along? I’ve heard it over and over again – and I’m sure that you have too, that the secret to …

The Fine Line Between Being Involved and Being in Charge

  Don’t be this kind of parent. When it comes to interacting with your kids, there’s a fine line between “being involved” and “being in charge.” We hear a lot about the Helicopter Parents in the media, and we talk about them a lot in our blog and on our podcast.  It’s easy to identify the Helicopter Parents out there when you aren’t one.  They’re the parents involved in every aspect of their kids’ lives. …

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Why Leaving a Full Cart of Groceries at the Store is One of the Best Lessons You Can Teach Your Kids

  Ever been to the store and heard a parent say repeatedly, “If you don’t knock it off right now, we’re leaving!” Every two minutes? Or maybe you’ve had your own cringe-worthy threats and found yourself wondering how other people get their kids to walk like normal human beings next to the cart without begging for everything in sight. We have the solution for you. This week’s podcast features parents-of-many, Mary Claire and Paul Fredette. …

How to Teach Kids to be Entrepreneurs

Newspaper routes. It used to be when people thought about young kids and their first jobs, an image of a small boy on a bike flinging newspapers is what would come to mind. All of the cool characters I read about in elementary school had a newspaper route! The boys learned to manage money, interact with customers and be responsible to their first boss. Keep in mind, this was their first job and they were …

Trust Your Parenting First, Then Trust Your Kids

  Trust. How much should we trust our kids? When should we trust them to walk to the park by themselves? To remember their own library books? To get their homework turned in on time? To drive their friends around in the car? I saw this sign on Facebook this week, and although I love it and think it fits in perfectly with my own parenting style, other parents thought it was terrible.     …

This Year, Make the Kids Your Travel Planners

Ever spend thousands of dollars on your family’s dream vacation just to get an eye roll from your teenager the very first day? Makes your blood boil, doesn’t it? And when your husband so helpfully says, “Hey don’t let it get to you! We’re on Va-ca-tion!” does it make you even crazier? Me too. Our family travels – a lot. I mean we aren’t all million mile members on Delta or anything, but we do tend …

Are You Guilty of Participating in the Toddler Wage Gap?

There’s no denying that boys and girls are different. From the way they learn to how they play, they just process the world in unique ways. If I had my doubts, they disappeared the day I left my two preschool boys alone for a moment to take a phone call. In the amount of time it took me to talk to my mom about what we were having for dinner, they managed to open a …

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How Do You Spend Quality Time with Your Kids?

Copyright: daphoto / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, when my kids were younger, the neighborhood ladies would get together every once in a while for lunch and a little wine while the kids were at school. It was a way to be social, to discuss parenting issues and, well, to drink wine in the middle of the day. I remember one conversation really vividly and it actually changed my life. One of the moms said, …