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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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Saying No Doesn’t Make You a Monster

One of our kids was recently invited to take a trip with a couple of buddies. After endless discussion and planning, dates were approved and the plan was set. The friends and their parents know that our kids are on a budget. They may not understand why we’re doing it, but they respect our plan for which I am grateful. At least they appear to, who knows what they really think! 🙂 That’s why it …

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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) …

Top 12 Money Mistakes Parents Make: Goals

Goals?  Seriousely, now it’s all about goals?  It’s like the list of ways to mess this up go on forever, am I right? This is a pretty easy one, so just bear with me. Kids are not natural savers.  They aren’t born with the common sense to save something for later.  Usually, in fact, the only way to convince them to delay gratification is to promise them a greater reward later, and then deliver when …