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Talking to Kids About Money

Dear Family Whisperer: Battling the Gimmes

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Some parents fear that financial discussions "burden" children. But it's just the opposite. Earning and spending should be part of everyday conversation so kids grow up armed with awareness and information.

5 Signs Kids Are Struggling With Entitlement

Kristen Welch | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Kristen Welch

Parenting is hard. Doing it in our culture is even harder. But it is possible to raise grateful, hard-working kids who put others first.

Allowance and Kids: What Parents Should Think About

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It wouldn't occur to me to give a kindergartener an allowance. Which illustrates an important point about allowances: every family does them differently.

You Can Raise Secure Kids Even in This Financially Insecure Time

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

The economy has been slowly recovering, and the stock markets have reached historic highs, but for many, times are still tough. First, we had sequestr...

Parents: Fundraisers Are In the Budget

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.

Autumn Checklist

Neale Godfrey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Explain why we budget. Stick to it. Don't give in to whining -- if your kid wants a toy or the hottest new gadget, it has to be budgeted for.

Talk to Your Teens About the Stock Market

Neale Godfrey | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Not everyone is going to want to invest, but everyone should know how it works. It's one more thing that money can do, another part of the big picture of money as a life skill -- and it's an empowering skill.

How to Explain the Fiscal Cliff to Your Kids (and Yourself!)

Neale Godfrey | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Everyone is tired of hearing the phrase "fiscal cliff" and you may think it's old news, so why should you explain it to your kids? Because it is a good opportunity to revisit your lessons on family finance and budget.

How You Can Help Your Family's Finances In 10 Minutes

LearnVest | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

The New Year is a time to conquer any traces of "put-off-ability," because the longer you put things off, the more you'll continue to put them off. Admittedly, some of the tasks that get pushed off the longest are the ones that can help your financial life.

5 Ways To Stop Impulse Spending

LearnVest | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

If your child is constantly asking, "Can I have that?" and you're not sure when to say yes and when to say no, we have a solution.