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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Money is the most valuable lesson taught

It is important to begin teaching children early about financial matters. Beginning at about three years of age teaching a child about the value of money and saving is crucial. This may seem too early but this is how habits get started and we are just using the habit to the child’s advantage. Let’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Teaching respect

The family rules or government is easy to maintain if the adults also live by the same rules. Does this mean we (the parents) need a curfew? Maybe however, common sense and good parenting will keep us in the rule making role and our children safe. Beginning as soon as the child is old enough to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Saving family vacations

An amazing way to enjoy the vacation time over and over is to provide each person on the trip with a small ruled paper booklet. These can be purchased from the Dollar Store or they can be made at home with the use of the computer. When everyone is in the car ready to leave home, give each a booklet... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Family bonding you will remember

Sometimes a vacation is all that a marriage or doctor ordered. However where to get the money to pay for it? Some thoughts from the family budget: Go out for multiple weekend get a way – 2 and three day weekends Take you own food, plan fun but nutritious food Make location selection where activities... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Do we owe an education to everyone?

Do we owe an education to everyone? Today I read an article in the newspaper and found myself wondering what some people can thank of. The article told of the loss of academic standing and the future of children who have been suspended from school for egregious actions for one or more years. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Looking for the culture

We do not live in a Pollyanna world, but we should not overdose on the bad news either. I find it interesting that we are still having the same conversation that we had in the 1960’s about turning off the TV. Small children should only watch ___ hours per day and then be encouraged to draw from... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family activities and vacations

When we are raising our families it seems there is frequently not enough money. However, we must balance our expenditures with exposing the children to different experiences. This is perhaps easier if parents form a plan once a year of what new adventures they will experience this year. Taking our... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pets can be in the family budget

Pets may seem outside your economic range while raising a family. This is very understandable as we are all on a tight to nonexistent budget these days. However this is something you might want to consider. If you foster an animal for the Humane Society, they medical and food bills are taken care... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Celebrations

Those of us children seem to spend a lot of time focused on the Valentine Holiday for them. And of course getting those Valentines out for their school functions, if they are little; helping them steer the rough waters of romance if they are of that age and mostly just watching over them during this... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

No quicker way to your best friend's heart

Gifts are really very well received when made by small hands at home. Getting involved with the art of making valentines is a great way to spend time with the kids and save money at the same time. The cost is really quite low with some red or pink paper and some white tissue paper. Cutting out... Sign in to see full entry.

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