In a previous post, It Doesn’t Grow on Trees, I talked about the importance of kids and money. I’ve written about this subject on several occasions before ( e.g., Career Advice for Teenagers, Ways for Kids to Earn Money , Kids and Allowances , Kids and Respect for Money ) but as the world . . . → Read More: Kids and Money
Did you ever hear this phrase from your dad while you were growing up? Growing up in a small Midwestern rural farming community as I did, it seems like I heard this at least once a week. This phrase ranked right up there along with, “If you aren’t using a light, turn it off!”
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From an early age, our kids had to earn money for big purchases and other items that were not in our family budget. As they worked a variety of odd jobs, we found that they gained valuable experience working with different types of people (some good bosses, others not so good), learned about managing their . . . → Read More: Ways For Kids To Earn Money
When I was starting out as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Co. years ago, I had a great supervisor named Dave who was about 15 years my senior at the time. He was very proficient at his job and a joy to work for. He was sort of quirky too; balding on top, beard & . . . → Read More: No Matter What The Cost
It’s the middle of March now…in no way too early to start talking with your kids about summer jobs and your expectations for them in that regard.
And just because the economy out there is difficult and competition for teenager jobs is high, that is absolutely no excuse not to get into the game! Welcome . . . → Read More: NFL: No Free-Loading This Summer
Most young parents are totally stressed out trying to do it all, e.g.,
-Getting established in their career(s) -Getting a bigger house -Finding some down-time to relax -And the demands of young kids at every turn (!) -On and on
That was certainly the case for us when we were starting out. . . . → Read More: Chasing the Prize
The simple question that needs to be asked is, “Does my child really need to have their own phone?” There is a huge difference between the word want and the word need. Peer pressure from other parents or other children should not enter into the decision.
We did not get a cell phone . . . → Read More: When should I get my child a cell phone?
We always gave our young kids an allowance with no specific strings attached.
We didn’t want to have all of the chores that were expected of the kids spelled out in excruciating detail because we knew that we would get nickel-and-dimed for everything that we asked them to do that wasn’t on the . . . → Read More: How much should I increase my kid’s allowance as they get older?
As long as the money is yours, the respect part will most likely be a long-time in coming! Here’s a short story that helps to illustrate this very important point.
Several years ago, we were embarking on a summer vacation trip to just outside of Bend, Oregon. We had made similar trips many . . . → Read More: How can I get my kids to respect the value of money?