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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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 …

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 …