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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 …

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All I Want For Christmas is a Brand New Kid

Welcome to our four-week series! There are probably a few things you wish you could change about your kids! Over the next few weeks we’re going to work on teaching kids appreciation. As the holidays approach, we sense the frustration from a growing number of parents who say their kids don’t appreciate what they have, so for the next few weeks, we’re going to address that in a mini series of podcasts called Get a …

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Think Your Kid Understands Money? Think Again!

  Piggy banks, chore charts and job magnets: all popular ways to teach kids about money. In fact, most parents introduce their kids to money using one of these methods. It’s how I got my first introduction to saving and spending. Those methods might work when kids are four, but too many parents haven’t transitioned their kids to the next level. Have you? Do you have a teen who knows how to fund a savings …

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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 …

Sheepish reminder: Talk to your kids about money (especially theirs)!

Last year our youngest son started school out of state. There’s a story behind this, but before you ask, No, we didn’t send him away and No, he didn’t do something wrong. He’s actually a terrific kid and letting him go there was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as a mom. He was 14. During the year, I was pretty impressed with the way we found to communicate with each other. …

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 …

Will Your Child be Rich?

Will Your Child Be Rich?

Tracie and I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to teach our kids how to be smart with money.  We’ve spent still more time trying to turn all of that material into books, classes, videos, worksheets, and exercises.  But what’s it all about?  Why are we doing this?  I read another blog today that answered this question: We want our children to be rich.  Rich not just with money, but with time, …

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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 …

Kids on the Dole

Can you imagine your adult son coming up from your basement asking you for money to go to Applebee’s half apps with their friends? Or how about your 30-something daughter requesting money to add to her tattoo collection? Sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch, doesn’t it? I think anyone would think that was crazy. When will your kids learn to manage money? Let’s think about this: If you have an 18-year-old senior in high …