How to Make Summer Really Count

June 1, 2017

With summer vacation around the corner, you might be wondering how you will keep your kids occupied all summer and not hear, “I’m bored”, constantly. While figuring out what to do on their own has its own benefits, if you’d like to offer them some helpful ideas, here are a few activities that can help them learn something useful, too. Our job as parents is to raise independent, responsible adults and our time with them is fleeting, so it’s important to maximize every teachable moment.

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Financial Literacy

April 1, 2017

April is financial literacy month. Financial literacy is an understanding of money – how to make it,
how to manage it, how to invest it, and how to give back. Understanding money and how it works has
never been more important. The collective debt burden of United States citizens is $11.5 trillion dollars. This is 75% of US GDP. Only the United States and European Union have a consumer debt-to-GDP ratio this high. College loan debt is on the rise and now totals over $1 billion dollars. 38% of adults don’t think they’ll have enough to retire. Since 1 in 3 people have no retirement savings, they’re probably right.

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What Lemonade Stands Can Teach Your Kids about Money

June 15, 2016

Now that most kids are out of school, parents might start hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” if their kids aren’t in camps all summer. The next time you hear that phrase, instead of just telling them to go outside and play, encourage them to start a lemonade stand and use the opportunity to teach them some useful personal finance and entrepreneurship skills.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

November 1, 2015

With the holidays upon us, my thoughts have turned to gift giving. My kids are already preparing their lists for Santa. While it can be tempting to fulfill their every request, have you ever noticed how quickly they become bored with the toys and games you buy them? How about giving them a gift with longer-term benefits?

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Teach Your Kids to Be Savvy Back-to-School Shoppers

August 1, 2015

One of the best teachable moments to teach your kids good financial skills is through the back-to-school shopping process. Before your inbox gets cluttered with advertisements or your kids start seeing ads on TV or the internet, come up with a plan to involve them in the process and make smarter shoppers of them.

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Raising Generous Children

November 1, 2014

One of my favorite topics is teaching kids about money. Related to that topic, and particularly relevant with the holidays approaching, is how to teach kids to be generous to others and their community.

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How to Structure Allowance for Your Kids

February 1, 2014

I recently responded to a post on my local mothers’ club blog on the topic of allowance and decided others might have similar questions. The original post was from a mom of a 7-year old who wanted to start an allowance, but was uncertain of the parameters to put on it.

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Where Should I Put My Child’s Savings?

January 1, 2014

A friend of mine recently asked me about what type of account to put her kids’ savings into. I thought others might be interested in the topic, too. There are a variety of different types of accounts available with different levels of parental control and implications on college financial aid

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The Million Dollar Family: Cost of Raising Kids

September 1, 2013

Do you struggle with finances? Are you contemplating going back to work or seeking a pay raise to help pay the bills? Do you miss those pre-kids’ days with expendable income? I know a number of families in this situation.

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The Cost of Private School in the Bay Area

June 1, 2013

Private schools are a wonderful part of our education system. Families choose to send their children to private schools for many reasons: lack of good public schools in their area, adherence to a particular educational or religious philosophy, better support for special needs children or a desire to replicate their educational background, as well as a belief that a particular private school might provide their child a superior educational experience.

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