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How To Tell Your Kids You Are In Debt

Recently, we covered an important question: should you tell your kids you’re in debt? As we discussed, the answer varies, and what is right for your family may differ from others. If you’ve decided that the pros of telling your kids outweigh the cons, your next challenge is figuring out how much to tell them, […]

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Ways to Talk to Your Kids about Entitlement and Gratitude

In our family, I often refer to the holiday season as “the season of the gimme’s”. With the obvious holidays of thanksgiving and Christmas, we also have several winter birthdays among our kids, so it can feel like it is nothing but a non-stop stream of gifts, gift opening, and gift shopping. We have struggled […]

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Should We Tell Our Kids We’re In Debt?

There are a lot of questions parents struggle to answer: Is Santa real? Where do babies come from? Why can’t I get a tattoo? But one question that’s on a lot of parents’ minds and doesn’t get as much air time: should we tell our kids we’re in debt? As adults, there can be a […]

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How To Have “The Candy Talk” With Your Kids This Halloween

Halloween candy comes in in a rush—your kid may collect as many as hundreds of candies in a single night. In addition to preventing sugar highs (and sugar crashes), you can use all this candy currency to have an important conversation about budgeting, savings, and the benefits of patience. After your child goes trick or […]

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Why Your Kids’ Financial Education Is The Best Investment You Can Make

What if you could give your child a gift that was guaranteed to increase in value as she gets older? Something that would provide her with not only financial wealth, but also boosted confidence, decision-making skills, and preparation for becoming an adult? Financial literacy can offer your child all this and more—including some surprising extra […]

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Allowance Alternatives That Won’t Cost You A Dime

Teaching money lessons doesn’t have to cost money—even when it comes to an allowance. When you break it down, an allowance is two things: 1) a resource you give your child that they then decide how to use; and 2) a tool to help teach healthy financial habits and skills. But it doesn’t have to […]

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Why Old Is (Still) Gold

Kids have a reputation for being rebellious, especially against their parents: they do not want to wear those socks, or eat those veggies, or go to bed! But it turns out there’s one set of family members that kids actually do want to listen to: their grandparents.It seems that grandparents haven’t caught on to this fact yet. While only 30% of grandparents in a 2014 study think they influence their grandkids’ money habits, 73% of grandkids say they actually do. What kind of money lessons can grandparents offer their grandkids? And how can parents help foster these conversations?

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Fun Activities To Do With Kids This Labor Day Weekend

When we think of Labor Day, we imagine enjoying a barbeque with family and friends; for kids, it’s often the last weekend before school begins. But the holiday’s origins are actually quite different.

In the late 1800’s, the average American worked seven days a week, twelve hours a day, just to make ends meet. Although it was illegal in many states, kids as young as five or six years old could be found performing manual labor at factories and mills for a fraction of an adult’s paycheck. Workers of all ages faced unsafe conditions, poor sanitation and air quality, and long days with no guaranteed breaks.

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