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What Are You Unintentionally Teaching Your Kids About Money?

What do your actions teach your kids? A friend of mine once told me about a horrifying event at her son’s preschool. When introducing parents to the class, the teacher asked him to say something about his dad. “He picks his nose at red lights!” her little boy proudly exclaimed. Yep. That happened. So we know that kids watch our every move and there are certain things we learn not to do in front of …

Do You Intend to Be a Great Parent?

  Be Intentional to Be a Great Parent Intentionality isn’t a word we often associate with parenting. Something about parenting seems much more chaotic than that. Kind of like herding cats. But don’t most of us intend to be a good parent? Being intentional seems like the opposite: calm, purposeful, even powerful. So when our guest this week started talking about being intentional with her kids, it really got me thinking about what makes a …

Using Plastic To Teach Your Kids About Money

  Cash. When you are starting to teach your kids about money, we believe cash is hands down the best and most effective way to do so. Studies have shown that people spend less money when they are handing over paper bills than when they swipe a card. You might be surprised, then, to hear that there comes a point where we recommend you move your kids from cash to plastic. It’s not where we …

A Final Thought About Teaching Kids Appreciation –

  I wasn’t planning on another podcast about teaching appreciation to kids, but the thought came to me this morning, and I couldn’t let it go. I was thinking about all of the things we do at Christmas because we want our kids to appreciate their lives – things like volunteering a food shelves, packing meals for Haiti and ringing bells. It has always seemed hollow to me that these are manufactured ways to help …

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All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: What “Makes Christmas” for You?

  Welcome to the final week of All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: Teaching Kids Appreciation! This week we discussed your perfect Christmas and the importance of recognizing that it is probably different than that of your family members. Feeling overwhelmed by the holidays? On last week’s podcast,we gave you tips to manage the huge list of to dos that might be taunting you this time of year. If you’re anything like us, this …

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All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: Splitting Up the Work

Welcome to the third week of All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: Teaching Kids Appreciation! This week we discussed holiday responsibilities. It’s no secret that for many families the holidays equal stress. From buying the perfect gift to setting a beautiful table, making sure the kids look good and ensuring plenty of freshly baked cookies, we try to do too much in preparation for Christmas. This year, consider involving the whole …

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All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: Who Does All of This Stuff Anyway?

Think about the Christmas and kids and there are a lot of things that come to mind. Santa, presents, candy, singing, endless activities are a few. One that probably doesn’t – appreciation. Last week we started a four-week podcast series on teaching kids appreciation and how to cultivate it in your kids. Not to be confused with gratitude, appreciation is more than being thankful for what you have, it is recognizing the sacrifices others make on …

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All I Want For Christmas is a Brand New Kid

Welcome to our four-week series! There are probably a few things you wish you could change about your kids! Over the next few weeks we’re going to work on teaching kids appreciation. As the holidays approach, we sense the frustration from a growing number of parents who say their kids don’t appreciate what they have, so for the next few weeks, we’re going to address that in a mini series of podcasts called Get a …

Parenting Plan: What Do Parents Want Most For Their Kids?

We talk to a lot of parents.  If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re a parent.  One of the questions that frequently comes to my mind is “What do parents really want?” Is it even possible to answer that question?  I mean, there are a lot of different types of parents out there – and there are a lot of different types of kids, with their own set of needs.  Is there a single (or …

Want to Teach Kids About Money? Start with Lunch

Want a simple money concept to teach your kids tonight? Here you go: Everyone eats. This makes food a great way to conduct your first lesson in teaching kids about money. Start with school lunch. Whether you have kids in grade exposed to the lunch line for the first time, or high schoolers who have an open campus and nearly endless lunch options, you are paying money for your kids lunch.* And, unlike many of …