When it comes to teaching kids about money, parents often don’t know what kinds of information to share. Money management is, after all, a complex topic that many adults feel they still haven’t mastered themselves. Just because the subject is difficult, however, does not mean you should withhold information and ideas about money from your children. Keeping quiet about some financial matters can actually be more damaging to your children than opening your mouth and discussing them.Here
Abercrombie Kids, a clothing line marketed to children ages 7-14, recently began selling a "push-up" bikini top. Needless to say, many people were disgusted. Thanks to the power of the Internet, it only took a few days for Abercrombie to change the name of the bikini to "padded," although that doesn't seem much better to me.
Kids’ birthday parties aren’t always cheap, but they can be if you put your mind to it. I just threw my son’s fourth birthday party and it went off without a hitch. I’ve learned a bit over the past couple of years, and I feel satisfied that I was able to provide a fun party for a reasonable amount of money this time around. In the past I’ve bought invitations from Target. I’ve found it difficult to track RSVPs with paper invitations, though, and there is the cost
At nearly four years old, Jack has gone into some sort of developmental hyper speed. Suddenly he is telling complex stories, learning to spell and read, and growing out of everything all at once. I’m surprised on a daily basis by the cognitive connections he makes, so it’s no wonder I get distracted from things like his changing shoe size . I recently noticed that Jack’s head was quickly inching toward the top of his Britax Roundabout car seat . I can’t tell you how sad it
I learned many frugal tips and tricks from my mother during my childhood. She was a great teacher when it came to balancing a checkbook and comparison shopping. Shoes were her weak spot, though. I have clear memories of my Payless sneakers heating up and melting on the playground blacktop as a kid whenever it got hot out…it was neither comfortable nor a great deal, no matter how small the dollar amount. I’ve tried to learn from my mother’s mistakes, but shoes still seem to be the
For the first two years of his life, I managed to keep my son cloistered in a wonderful television-free bubble. One rainy, frustrating day changed that and suddenly Jack was a diehard fan of Curious George. Thankfully PBS focuses on educational programming, so I could get a break and my son could be entertained while also learning something new. Then came that morning when I was parenting solo and desperately needed to get just 30 minutes more sleep. I turned on the television only to find that PBS