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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. …

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 …

Judging Our Success Based on Our Kids’ Happiness

Is it possible that in our misguided attempt as parents to ensure our kids’ happiness, we are missing out on what actually makes them happy in the first place? In a flukey turn of events last Christmas, my two young nephews wound up getting just one toy apiece on Christmas Eve. As they are the youngest children in either of their parent’s families, the Christmas norm is for them to have piles of brightly colored …

Wants vs. Needs: Teaching Kids About Money

One of the most important things we can teach our kids – whatever their age – is to recognize the difference between a “want” and a “need.”  Mastering this one simple concept can have a profound impact on future financial health.  Additionally, it’s not enough to simply recognize the difference; it’s important to be unashamed to call a thing what it is.  “I don’t want to buy that, but I really need it.”  “This is …

Psst! Your Kids Are Probably Spies!

In case you haven’t realized it yet, I thought you should know:  If your kids are anything like mine, they are probably spies.  They might as well have a direct line to the NSA. They’re always watching you, monitoring your movements, your spending habits, and your conversations.  They are profiling you.  It’s not because they have some nefarious plans to overthrow the household (well, they might, actually) but because it’s their job.  They are hard-wired …

Quarters at Dairy Queen: Teaching Little Kids to Earn Money

Eight years ago when we started our kids on a budget we had no idea what we were doing. We decided we wanted to teach our kids to earn money, but we really weren’t sure how it would all turn out.  So we pushed through and figured it out and, for the most part, it went really well. But our kids were 7 & 8 years old at the time.  Since then, people have asked …

Why We Teach Kids About Money: Part Two

Just a few weeks ago, the new and revised copy of Investing in Your 401k Kid was released in paperback.  Yippee!  If you’d like a copy, you can snag one here. One of the additions we made when releasing the print version was to add a Preface.  We’ve commonly explained our reason for coming up with our kids’ budgeting plan as a way to teach kids about money, but there was another reason why we’re doing this …

Twelve Age-Appropriate Ways to Teach Kids About Money

Many parents find that talking to children about money is awkward, but it’s just as important to talk to your kids about money as it is to talk to them about the facts of life, choosing good friends, or the dangers of drugs. If you look back at your younger years and cringe at how you handled money, recognize the opportunity you have to help your children do better. Here are 12 age-appropriate ways to …