Teaching Your Kids to Be Money Smart

August 22nd, 2014by admin

Coins in HandParenting can be a struggle, even on the good days. It’s not just about caring for your children’s daily needs, but at some point, you realize you are raising the next generation of adults. It’s a rather daunting task to translate the need to be responsible into a language that kids will understand.

Handling, spending and saving money are all valuable lessons that a child needs to learn. These are lessons that will stay with them through the college years and well into adulthood, marriage and children of their own. If you want to raise kids that are savvy about their finances, these lessons must start early.

Set a Budget: Once your child has reached the age of six and begins to learn the nuances of money, it’s a good time to set a spending budget. Party invites, movies and special activities all cost money. Now is the time to discuss how much money is available per event or per month. Set a budget and stick with it.

5 Things to expect when your child enters middle school

August 21st, 2014by admin

school busWhen your child makes the move from elementary to middle school, the changes can be quite difficult to get used to. There are lots of little nuances that make the process much more difficult for some children – and parents –to cope with. There are so many new considerations that you need to take into account when trying to plan for middle school for your child – but here are some of the most obvious things that you are likely to be involved in;

Teen Angst

Hating school? Hating you? This is common in children entering and during middle school. As they want to try and escape from being a coddled “child” and become “adults” it can become quite the battle to get your child to agree with you on the most basic things.

Teaching Empathy To Kids

August 11th, 2014by admin

Toddlers HugMost days it feels like I am playing referee to my twin boys rather than being the fun mom I know I can be. They are thick into those terrible twos where they are learning how to exert their independence and have a pretty self-centered world view. I am a believer in time outs and they have worked for my family. When they hurt one another, I tell them to hug each other and say sorry. It is very important to me that they know how to be empathetic and compassionate to others.

When watching the news, it is scary and overwhelming to witness the lack empathy in the world and its particularly unnerving to witness in kids. It seems there is a story every day about how children are victimized by their own peers. More and more children seem to lack the ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes and instead of viewing each other as human beings they view others as objects that they can hurt or tease for their own amusement. A world without empathy is simply terrifying.