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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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 …

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How Do You Spend Quality Time with Your Kids?

Copyright: daphoto / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, when my kids were younger, the neighborhood ladies would get together every once in a while for lunch and a little wine while the kids were at school. It was a way to be social, to discuss parenting issues and, well, to drink wine in the middle of the day. I remember one conversation really vividly and it actually changed my life. One of the moms said, …

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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 …

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 …