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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …