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. …

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 …

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The Sweet Harmony of Jobs and Chores for Kids

Jobs or Chores? Chores or Jobs? Which one should you have in your house? GREAT NEWS, PARENTS!!!! Sharpen up those pencils and start making lists because you get to have both! Think of it this way: CHORES are the tasks around our house that everyone needs to do in order for the house to run smoothly. This includes: Doing dishes Sweeping the floor Feeding the pets Emptying the trash Mowing the grass Cleaning the common …

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Get Your Teen Off the Couch!

“Joe’s just not interested in anything!” a parent moaned. “Nothing motivates him, all he wants to do is sit in front of the computer and play video games! Money means nothing to him!” BINGO! It’s Time to Teach Teens About Money It’s the time of year when one of the most common questions we get from parents is how to get kids to care about money. Often the parents want the kid to get a …

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Beyond Babysitting: New Ways for Kids to Earn Money This Summer

I could tell from the vibe I was getting from an unnamed grandparent that something was wrong.  If the stompy foot falls and balled up fists weren’t a good indication, the frowning face sealed the deal. “I just heard that T can’t be on the swim team this year.  She said she can’t afford it.” Ahh yes.  This is a favorite ploy our kids try a few times a year to get family members (especially grandparents) …

Last Minute Travel Coolness

Sometimes we get an opportunity in life that is just too cool to pass up. My daughter and I had that happen to us just a few weeks ago. It was the week after Christmas. My parents, sisters and their husbands and two nephews were all taking a Disney cruise together. Bret and I had decided for a number of reasons that it wasn’t a good idea for us to go. With older kids and …

Teens Behaving Badly: Allowance Disasters

If your teen is on an allowance, you need to be prepared for impending disaster. They will make allowance mistakes. It’s coming, trust me. It’s just a matter of how big, and when. If your teen isn’t on an allowance yet, you’ll want to go a back a few weeks and start at the beginning of our teens and money series. The good news is, any mistakes your teen makes with an allowance should be …

What Happens After Share, Save, Spend?

So, you thought the hard work you did to teach your kids about money was working perfectly, until suddenly it wasn’t any more. The piggy bank was great.  Share, Save, Spend jars worked just fine… for a while. But now you have a teenager. And everything is falling apart. We know how you feel.  In one 24-hour period this past week one of our kids ran out of gas in the pouring rain, left his lights …

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Your Kid’s Allowance: Five Secrets for Success

Starting your teen on an allowance Would you like to start your teen on an allowance, but don’t know where to start? Or is your teen already on an allowance that’s not working, and you want to get it back on track? I’ve got some good news here that should get you on the right path. Here are the five things you need to know to find success with your kid’s allowance: 1. An allowance …

I See an Allowance in Your Teen’s Future

Teens are fascinating animals.  For their parents, they are a constant source of frustration and joy, shame and pride.  Sometimes it feels like you just can’t teach your teen anything.  Simply because you’re their parent, it feels like they will resist anything you telling them.  I think it’s a pride thing.  They don’t want to admit that your might actually know something, after all. Have you ever tried to teach a kid about money?  For little kids, …