Category Archives: Parenting

Meet The Mintz Family – Raising Amazing Role Models!

We all need a little inspiration now and then to help keep us on track to achieving our own goals in life. As parents, it can sometimes be overwhelming, to say the least. But knowing that there are other normal, … Continue reading

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Are You An Overwhelmed Mom? This Might Help…

Wake up moms! (Sorry dads, I’ll find something for you guys another time.) I’ve got a HUGE surprise for you. I’m SO EXCITED to share this with you! (And…NO, I’m not asking you for anything.) Here’s what’s coming… You’re NOT … Continue reading

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Kids Doing Chores For Money

Do you believe in kids doing chores for money? I mean how else are kids going to learn where money comes from right? Just look at these kids and the crazy places they think money comes from…pretty scary! But back … Continue reading

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Is Your Child Ready For Tomorrow?

Make It A Once-In-A-Life-Time Opportunity Is there a chore that needs doing but don’t have the time to do it and it’s not one of the kids regular household chores? Would you be willing to pay someone else to do … Continue reading

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Gift 1: “How Money Savvy Is My Child?” Quiz

Have You Taken this Quiz yet? The “How Money Savvy is My Child?” Quiz will help you with knowing where your child is currently at with regards to their financial IQ – their understanding of money. Of the 7 FREE Gifts … Continue reading

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How to Ask for Help – Sometimes You Have To Let Others Feel Good

How to Ask for Help – Sometimes You Have To Let Others Feel Good Do you like helping others? Are you one of those people that jumps at the chance to help your friends whenever they need a hand? If … Continue reading

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5 Tips To Success: Teaching Children About Money

5 Tips for Success: Teaching Children About Money So you want to teach your child about money but have no idea where to start…or maybe you don’t feel confident being their money role model? Don’t worry, you are NOT alone! … Continue reading

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The Secret to Getting Kids Excited To Actually Want to Learn About Money and How to Make Their Goals Come True!

The absolute BEST way I’ve ever found to get your child excited to actually WANT to learn about money….normally a topic most kids find tremendously boring…is to make it personal! And how do we do that? We teach them to … Continue reading

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Following Her Dreams and… Inspiring Her Kids Along The Way!

Has life ever hit you hard? Like REALLY HARD? Well, that’s exactly what happened to my dear friend, Lyndsy. Lyndsy has two beautiful kiddos, a girl and a boy. As a baby her little guy was super happy and always … Continue reading

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Kids Making Lemonade From Life’s Lemons

Has your child ever had their world come crashing down around them? Have you? It would be a very rare person, indeed, who never had anything bad happen to them. Sometimes unfortunately we have to simply accept that bad things … Continue reading

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Which Money Values Does Your Child Have?

What kind of money value does your child or teen have? Are they like most these days and just assume that money is owed to them and that they can just go out and buy the coolest, newest gadgets on … Continue reading

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How to Encourage Delayed Gratification

Nowadays kids just don’t understand the concept of “delayed” gratification. Everything is at their finger tips, available by the touch of a button. But that doesn’t really prepare them for life once they leave our protective nests. They’ll either learn … Continue reading

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Fun Money – A Great Way to Get Rid of That Entitlement Mentality!

I was walking through the grocery store the other day when I saw a little boy tugging on his father’s pant leg and overheard him saying, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, look! I want that Daddy. Can I please? Please? Please Daddy, … Continue reading

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Have You Heard about Julie Kleinhans’ Successful Kids Revolution?

Last year I was asked to be a special guest speaker for Julie Kleinhans’ Online Successful Kids Revolution. It was amazing! I felt honoured to be asked, along with some pretty amazing parenting guru’s in the industry, to help parents … Continue reading

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We Made it to Best-Seller Status AGAIN! YEAH! Thank-you Everyone! :D

Thank-you to all of you who have grabbed a copy of our “Get Unstuck For Kids” book from Amazon this past weekend. John Seeley M.A., my co-author and friend, and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It’s … Continue reading

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On The Air With Kim Primatic – Raising Conscious Kids Radio!

WOW! What an honour! I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker on Kim Primatic’s Radio Show: Raising Conscious Kids! Got kids? Teach Kids? Love kids? Kim does too! She believes that raising our kids is the most challenging job … Continue reading

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn about Budgeting

It’s been a while since I’ve created a new post. I’ve been very busy working away on some amazing new material to help you with teaching your children and teens about money…. more on that later…. 😉 Today let me … Continue reading

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Successful Kids Revolution REPLAY!!! :)

  Parents and Teachers – Tune in to Successful Kids Revolution NOW for the top Personal Development, Parenting, Health and Education tools for you and your family!  Replays, Special Offers, Exclusive Free Coaching Calls and More! Get Powerful Tools and … Continue reading

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The Successful Kids Revolution…

Sorry you missed it. Click here to get 7 Free Tools to help you with teaching your child about money and I’ll make sure to let you know when the next online event happens. “Isn’t it time to help our kids?” … Continue reading

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Guest Post: You Won’t Believe It! Look at How Much it May Cost You to Send Your Child to College! YIKES!!!

Maxine sent me this incredible infographic and I absolutely wanted to share it with you. It’s absolutely astounding! Take a look and see just exactly how much it is going to cost you to put your child through college! YIKES! … Continue reading

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Please Help – Which Image Do You Like Best?

Hi Everyone, I need your help. I’m about to launch my brandnew course “Teaching Children About Money 2.0” (TCAM 2.0) and I don’t know which image I should use. Which one do you like the best and why? The course … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Shopping for Presents: Showing the Kids How to Make the Most of It

Allison has sent us a fabulous guest post with some great gift shopping ideas and suggestions for the Seasons Holidays. Thank-you Allison for a great article. Enjoy! Cheers…Amanda van der Gulik…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o) ============================================================ Shopping for Presents: Showing the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Bribery or Pay: Giving Your Children an Allowance

Here’s a great article on the topic I always get the most questions about, “Should I give my child an allowance or not?” It’s also the reason I wrote the book, “Allowance Secrets: To Give or Not to Give?“ where … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Using the Sims to Demonstrate Finances

I’ve always believed that playing games it the next best thing to living the experience yourself so when Paul asked to write a post for our blog about using a fun video game to teach children about money, I jumped … Continue reading

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Guest Post: How To Teach Financial Responsibility Without Giving An Allowance

Today I have a fantastic guest post for you sent in by Kimberley Laws. I always enjoy reading different opinions on whether or not to give an allowance and if not, then alternative ways to teach your child about financial … Continue reading

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The Best Gift EVER!!! Barbara Lewis’ TripleGift Cards!!! You’ve Got to See These…

Hi Everyone, Oh my goodness, I’m soooo excited to share this with you! My kids loved these TripleGift cards so much that they wanted to make this video to show them off to you. Enjoy the video and then make … Continue reading

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Guest Post: 3 Great Fantasy Stock Trading Games for Kids

Here is another great guest post. This one introduces stock trading games to help your children learn the basics of how to invest in stocks. An interesting read. Hope you enjoy! Cheers…Amanda…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o) P.S. Don’t forget to choose … Continue reading

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Teaching Children About Money – Tip #01 – Goal Setting for Kids

Getting closer to launching TCAM 2.0!!! Sooooo excited! 😀 Here’s a little snippet of what’s in store for you, enjoy! 😀 What did you find most helpful in this video and what else would you like to learn to help … Continue reading

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OMG!!! Take a look at this Costco Connections Magazine article….

WOW!!! How honoured do I feel? I’ll tell you, I feel absolutely thrilled!   What an incredible honour to be featured not only in one Costco Connections Magazine but in two! In July I was featured in the Canadian Costco … Continue reading

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You’ve Got To Help Yourself First, Then Your Child…Not The Other Way Around!

As a parent we want the best for our kids and we often have the tendency to take care of their needs before our own. If you’ve ever flown anywhere on an airplane, then you’ll remember that when they go … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Teaching Kids the Value of Money Through Pets

Today I have a lovely guest post to share with you. This one was sent in by Sara Dawkins. Enjoy! Cheers…Amanda…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o) ============================================================ Teaching Kids the Value of Money Through Pets Parents know the value of money is … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Teaching the Importance of Conservation

Today I have another great guest post written by Jenna to share with you. Jenna’s focus this time is on how important it is for kids to learn about conservation. Thank-you Jenna for your post. Enjoy! Cheers…Amanda…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o) … Continue reading

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Teach Kids About Coupons

Today I have another great guest post to share with you, this one was written by Jenna. Jenna has some great tips on using coupons and suggests where you can get some great coupons with us as well. Thank-you Jenna … Continue reading

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Some Great Money Games for Younger Kids!

I was just emailed a recommendation request by one of my valued members. Her child is only 5 years old and she was looking to get a fun game to teach her child about money but most of the games … Continue reading

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Words Are Magic – BlogTalkRadio Interview With Linette Daniels and Amanda van der Gulik

Just had a great time on BlogTalkRadio with my good friend Linette Daniels and her co-host Sarah Newton. They interviewed for the topic how our words are magic. How important it is that we be careful with the words that … Continue reading

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Happy Animal Day – A Special FREE GIFT For Your Child!

Happy Animal Day to you! Last year my daughter, Xanthe, came up with the idea to create a book about how we handled the loss of our dog, and to help us always keep our memories of her alive forever … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Having Chore-Related Allowances Go Smoothly – Guest Post

Today I have another treat for you, Mariana has written a special Guest Post just for you with her tips on Allowances. Enjoy! ;o) Cheers…Amanda van der Gulik…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o) P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too … Continue reading

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Get “Mr. Pompety Pomptom and the Power of Leverage” FREE Today and Tomorrow ONLY!

Great NEWS! ;o) From noon today (EST) until tomorrow midnight, ONLY, you can grab a FREE copy of “Mr. Pompety Pompton and the Power of Leverage“ from my brand new “Wealth Mentality” book series! The purpose behind these humourous and … Continue reading

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So Exciting – You Get To Choose!

          After almost two years of hard work I have finally completed a book series for ‘tweens (kids ages 8-13) called “The Wealth Mentality Stories” together with my co-author, Lisa Strømme, to teach them about money using a very … Continue reading

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3 Steps for Improving Your Communcation to Your Child

Any time that you communicate to your child you can convey the message in a positive or a negative way. Guess which way is more likely to gain your child’s cooperation, bring them closer to you and increase their self-esteem? … Continue reading

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Are You a Discipline Wimp?

Your child wants ice cream at bedtime. You say “No” but your child persists, whining and bugging you until you finally give in to stop the incessant whining. Your child doesn’t pick up her toys when asked. You end up … Continue reading

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Frustrated? Trying to Get Your Child To Do Their Best?

What would you do if you knew the REAL reason why some children grew up to be high achievers like Einstein, Mozart even Oprah or Lance Armstrong… and most other children, with MORE TALENT and MORE RESOURCES FAILED? I was … Continue reading

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A Silent Epidemic is Gripping Our Kids

On college campuses, staff is well aware of an overwhelming problem facing incoming students. A whopping 50% of college freshmen meet criteria for mental health diagnoses such as major depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and chemical dependency. There are so … Continue reading

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November is Family Stories Month

Family stories are tales about people, places and events related to members of our immediate family or their ancestors. These memorable stories take on special importance because they are true, even if everyone tells different versions of the same event. … Continue reading

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June is Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month

June is Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month. I believe in entrepreneurial skills and creative thinking when it comes to kids and money. I believe in fostering financial independence by helping and guiding kids to find kid-friendly, creative ways to … Continue reading

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Money games for kids – Children’s Money World

Welcome to the Children’s Moneyworld online game! It teaches math using money. Its content appeals to kids, but it doesn’t exclude anyone interested in learning. It also teaches numeracy and personal finance in fun and interactive ways. These online activities incorporate … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Saving Money with Your Kids During the Summer Holiday

Here are some wonderful ways to save money this summer with your kids. This is a special guest post. I know you will fully enjoy this post. Please let Nadia know how much you appreciate her ideas by posting your … Continue reading

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Guest Post: How My Parents Taught Me About Money

Today I am honoured to post another ‘Guest Post’ for you. In this post Donna shares her own experiences of how her parents prepared her for the financial world of adult life. Thanks so much Donna for sharing your personal … Continue reading

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Allowance Secrets, to give or not to give? on Amazon

Just to let you know that I am really starting to like publishing on Amazon. I have published yet another book, “Allowance Secrets, to give or not to give?” on Amazon in Kindle format. This book is also available on … Continue reading

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“The 6 Magical Piggy Banks For Kids” Money Cartoon – Financial Education Animation For Children

So you want to teach your child about money and want to find a way to bring across the money concepts of saving in a fun financial education animation for children right? Well, look no further. You have found that Money … Continue reading

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Cyber Bullying – Protect Your Child NOW!

As you know, I’m a huge advocate for kids and teens creating their own income online through creating their own websites, etc. There is one very real risk however to letting our kids get ‘online’ and that is that it … Continue reading

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Building self esteem intentionally in children – by Joe Rubino

“Studies show that self esteem is the most important ingredient responsible for attaining success and happiness, developing effective communication and creating rewarding relationships. In this continuing series, building upon past articles SelfEsteem and More SelfEsteem , here are 10 additional … Continue reading

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FREE Book: “Allowance Secrets To Give Or Not To Give?”

The number one questions parents always ask me is whether or not they should give their children an allowance. I had my own strong opinion on this subject, but realised that my opinion may not work for every parents, so … Continue reading

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Prelude To A Blog – Helping Kids Start Their Own Blogs Safely

I love the idea of having my kids start their own blog. *** BUT….Is It SAFE? *** SisterLisa Bertolini has put together an amazing ebook as a guide for parents on how to get your children blogging safely. She walks … Continue reading

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How to Teach Your Children about Responsibility: 5 Tips For Ages 5 -12; Part 2 By Susan A. Haid

Author/Producer, Lily’s Truth, www.lilystruth.com Every time I mandate that my three children, ages 3 to 10, help with the dishes, housecleaning, laundry, pets or some other mundane task, I prove to myself over and over again how important these experiences … Continue reading

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How to Teach Your Children about Responsibility: 5 Tips for Kids Ages 5-12 By Susan A. Haid

Author/Producer, Lily’s Truth, www.lilystruth.com How long of a tether do you keep on your kids? The struggle for authority is an age-old dilemma. Who chooses? How much authority should we give our kids? Freedom is something we all need, yet … Continue reading

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Critical Factors for Raising an Empowered Child: Part 1 by Susan A. Haid

Author/Producer, Lily’s Truth, www.lilystruth.com There are several simple but critically important keys for raising empowered children.  We can give our kids the tools they need, starting at a very young age.  These tools will empower them throughout their lives as … Continue reading

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Building Empowerment Skills In Children & Teens: Home Course for Families by Susan A. Haid

Author/Producer, Lily’s Truth, www.lilystruth.com Raising children to become conscientious, empowered, responsible and joyful adults who are in complete charge of their lives is what we strive for as parents. If you could give your kids the skills and the tools … Continue reading

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The Zen of Parenting By Susan A. Haid

Author/Producer, Lily’s Truth, www.lilystruth.com The world is full of spiritual ideals, and for this, I am grateful. There is nothing I love more than delving into the bigger picture of who we are and why we are here. Exploring consciousness … Continue reading

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Should I Be Home Schooling My Kid

homeschoolers With the many problems that are on the rise in public schools such as overcrowding and out-of-control behavior, many people are looking at the resources for home schooling to decide if it is a viable option for their family. … Continue reading

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4 Ideas To Get Your Teenage Kids To Open Up To You

Our teenagers’ lives are often a closed book to us and no matter how hard we try they simply will not let us open this book and see what is inside it. But how are we going to protect our … Continue reading

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Who Are You Not to Be Brilliant?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, … Continue reading

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What if you only had 30 seconds left?

Here are the three things I would tell my children if I only had 30 seconds left to say anything to them to help them with their future. (As a matter of fact I say these things to them every … Continue reading

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What’s Your Point of View?

Two Weeks ago I was traveling with my husband to San Diego for a ‘weekend away without our kiddos’. It was heavenly. We love our children very dearly, but it’s also nice to have some quality time alone with your … Continue reading

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So What About The Little Guy?

My question to you is: Do you want to be a “Little Guy” or do you want to be a “Big Guy”? I know what I want… I want to be HUMONGOUS!!! Don’t accept only what you can easily have, … Continue reading

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Admit Your Defeat!

How often have you tried to accomplish something only to fail and then hide your failure? I know I have. Be honest with yourself. It doesn’t feel good to admit defeat but to bottle up your mistakes inside and to … Continue reading

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Be Realistic! It’s Your Choice!

I often hear, “Be Realistic!” whenever someone finds I’m being too happy. What I say to them, with a smile, of course, is, “We both are!” Realism, is only in which way you choose to see something. It’s raining today….. … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Learn is to TEACH!

I’ve had a lot of parents tell me, “I’m not very good financially, how can I teach my child to be smart with their money if I’m not very smart with mine?” This is a GREAT question! Have you ever … Continue reading

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"Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees!"

Does this saying sound familiar to you? I bet you are probably one of many who heard this often growing up, right? If not, you were lucky. Let’s turn a new leaf and start raising our own children a little … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Realistic!

How often have you heard people say, “Be Realistic,” right after you have told them all about one of your dreams? These lovely people are called, “dream stealers” and although they may think that they are being helpful to you … Continue reading

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Why Should We Teach Children About Money?

Dear fellow Concerned Parent, I am constantly asked why is it so important to teach our kids about money? Shouldn’t we just let our kids be ‘kids‘ and let them worry about money after they grow up? These are very … Continue reading

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Nine Ways to Teach Kids That Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

“(Especially Right Now!) With inflation on the rise (gas prices, grocery bills, health insurance premiums, etc.) and many companies being more conservative, more American families are feeling squeezed. So if you’re feeling guilty because you can’t buy your child that … Continue reading

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How Can You Avoid Spoiling Your Kids?

Is your kid a spoiled brat? “Instead of an iPod nano, give your kids the tools they need to be financially independent adults. October 6, 2005: 11:33 AM EDT By Jessica Seid, CNN/Money staff writer NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Last … Continue reading

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TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT MONEY

Can You Indulge Your Kids and Still Teach Them to be Responsible About Money? by Jean Chatzky – from Oprah.com “Whether you’ve got a toddler or a teen, teaching kids how to spend and save money is one of the … Continue reading

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