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8 Tips for Raising Moneysmart Kids

8 Tips for Raising Moneysmart Kids

Ask your children to list down all the things they could do if they get a $50 or $100 bill for a day. You will be amazed by the answers. Even though you might have never talked to your kids about smart spending, kids figure out a way to set their priorities when it comes to spending their money.

But while kids know their priorities (candies! Toys! Computer games!) as consumers that doesn’t mean that they’re wise spenders. So, if you have been postponing the money management talk with your kids all this while, this is the right moment to teach them about personal finance.

There are many ways to break the ice and discuss money without causing your child to lose interest or perceive the topic as boring. Here are eight pointers on how to instill good spending habits in your child that would last for a lifetime: Read more

Kids and Nose-Picking

Kids and Nose-Picking: Why It’s Actually Totally Normal

Melissa Newcomb describes it as the “snail trail.” Her son Harrison, 3, frequently picks his nose, then the curled digit trails down to his mouth and goes in—straight from one orifice to another.

“About a quarter of the day he’s got his finger in his nose,” says the mom of four from St. Stephen, NB. Harrison, a triplet, often doesn’t actually remove anything, but if he does he’ll sample the goods. Meanwhile, his brother Graeson prefers smearing his boogers on the wall to eating them. “That grosses me out more than the snail-trail issue,” Newcomb laments. Read more

Handling Your Child’s Fears

5 Tips to Handling Your Child’s Fears

Anxiety

It can be easy to assume that anxiety, stress and fear are only adult emotional issues, however the truth is that children as young as toddlers can experience these feelings too. In many circumstances they are healthy and normal such as when you leave them with a new baby-sitter or they go off to their first day of Kindergarten. But in other cases, such as a preoccupation with feelings that you might abandon them forever, or if you notice your child is worrying about bigger issues such as money or family problems, it’s time to ease their fears. Read more

5 Strategies to Make Coparenting Easier

5 Strategies to Make Coparenting Easier

Let’s talk about coparenting, frankly. It can be an amazing thing when you and your ex see eye to eye about your child. When the two of you pick up on the same little tricks and pranks your kids are trying to pull on you both or perhaps share the firsts in your little ones’ lives, it can make you think, “Wow, divorce is not so bad. We can do this.” Read more

7 Reasons Not to Give Your Child a Cell Phone

7 Reasons Not to Give Your Child a Cell Phone

If your kids are angling for a smartphone of their own, know that you’re not alone. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that between 10-14 is the right age for a child to get their first cell phone, according to a study by American Express, while 10 percent think that under 10 is A-OK. It’s a major milestone that there isn’t much of a precedent for (after all, how old were you when you got your first phone? Probably not in the single digits!), and it’s important to wait until you feel completely comfortable with the decision and confident in your child’s maturity level. If your gut’s telling you that they’re too young, you should probably trust your instinct. Here’s why: Read more

Lies and Fibs

Lies and Fibs

When children don’t tell the truth it can be very worrying for parents. It is easy to become upset about the lie and to overlook what it means to the child.

It is important to understand the reasons why your child might lie before you react. Read more

fatherhood

Fatherhood: The Guy’s Guide

Prepping for fatherhood is more than reading Dr. Spock, childproofing the electrical outlets, and buying a tiny baseball glove. That’s the easy stuff; the important lessons are those that most first-time dads learn along the way. But you’re in luck: We got fathers and parenting experts from around the country to let us in on some of their secrets so you’ll be ready for fatherhood right from the start. Here’s what they said you need to know. Read more

Raising Bilingual Kids

Raising Bilingual Kids

The list of benefits bilingualism brings isn’t getting shorter any time soon. Cognitively bilingual people are better able to switch between tasks, have increased problem solving capabilities, and can learn a third language more easily. For working adults, bilingualism can open more doors with jobs, and for the elderly can possibly delay dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Read more