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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. …

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 …

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 …

Is Your Allowance Preposterous?

Ask most parents if they give their kids an allowance and they’ll hem and haw…   “Well, we give them money occasionally when they need it.” or “Kind of, we tried it once but it didn’t really stick.” But then there’s another group. The group who proudly declares: “YES! We give the kids a dollar a week per year of age.” This is actually the hardest response for me to hear. Yes, it’s great they …

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Be Consistent! Schedule Allowance Meetings Today!

School days, school days  Dear old Golden Rule days ‘Reading and ‘writing and ‘arithmetic Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick… My mom delighted in singing that song to us on the first day of school. Top of her lungs, completely out of key. It INFURIATED us. We’d bury our heads under the covers and pretend it wasn’t true. She did it every year. About some things, she was extremely consistent. Regardless of whether …

Clear Your Family Calendar: Introduce an Activities Allowance

Using an Activities Allowance

You can feel the excitement in the air: mothers can almost taste the freedom that arrives when the kids go back to school. Gone are the long days of summer when moms are responsible for entertaining kids. Soon, routine will set in and families will happily return to the safety of the calendar. Not so fast: let’s fast forward to that Thursday night in October when you’ve got three kids who need to get to …

When $100 Makes You Rich

$100 bills

When Bret first told me we needed to start budgeting I was, um, slightly resistant. You can read more about that here. It probably isn’t going to happen that way with your kids. At least at first. “$100?” I’m going to get $100 a month? That’s so cool!” Our son leapt off the couch and started to do a sort of strange 8-year-old boy version of a fist pump. “I can’t wait to tell my …

Will Your Child be Rich?

Will Your Child Be Rich?

Tracie and I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to teach our kids how to be smart with money.  We’ve spent still more time trying to turn all of that material into books, classes, videos, worksheets, and exercises.  But what’s it all about?  Why are we doing this?  I read another blog today that answered this question: We want our children to be rich.  Rich not just with money, but with time, …

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The Great Allowance Controversy

  Allowance – seldom has one word caused so much confusion and debate among parents. Allowance is not… Some see an allowance as a free for all: “Wonderful child, thank you for gracing us all with your existence. Here: have some free money.” It is not free money! Some see it as a way to bribe their kids to do work around the house. For the love of all things parenting, stop bribing your kids. …