Creating A Meaningful Christmas on a Budget

Growing up, my most vivid memories involve the magic of Christmas. Visiting Santa, shopping and wrapping gifts, performing in the Christmas pageant, enjoying a special family dinner, and eagerly waking up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. Continue reading

Simple Money Lessons for Preschoolers

Wondering when you can start teaching your kids about money? Older toddlers and preschoolers are starting to learn numbers, counting, and basic math. As such, it’s a great time to introduce basics money concepts. What are simple money lessons you can teach to preschoolers? Here are ten easy ideas.

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6 Awesome Money Lessons Kids Learn from Monopoly

Kid money lessons come in many shapes and forms, though hands-on activities and games are one of our family’s favorite way to teach our kids about money. Recently, we started playing Monopoly with our first grader. It is so much fun to see him learn about math, money, and financial strategy. Here’s why I love using the board game Monopoly to teach kids about money. Continue reading

What is Your Definition of Wealth?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the definition of wealth.

What makes us wealthy? How do we – and others – know we have “made it”? And, does being wealthy even matter?
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Kids, It’s Not Really All About the Money

Our six-year-old, Little I, has become quite the budding entrepreneur with great ideas on how he can earn his own money. But lately, I see his motivation with earning money linked to a shiny new toy.

I earn money to buy toys… The more money I earn, the more toys I can buy!
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20 Simple Ways Kids Can Make Money

Encouraging kids to make and earn their own money is a fantastic lesson in finances, and it teaches them the value of hard work.

In our family, we generally don’t buy “things” for our kids unless it is needed, time-sensitive, or a special occasion. Rather, we help our kids earn and save their own money so they can make their own spending and saving decisions.

The result? We’ve had a lot of conversations with our older son about how he can make his own money. Some of the ideas are conventional. Others are really creative and entrepreneurial. What are they? Here is our list – 20 simple ideas for kids and teens to make their own money. Continue reading

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

If you follow us on Instagram, you know getting outdoors is one of our family’s favorite past time.

Why? It’s free (or darn close), it’s great exercise, and it’s great for the soul. In fact, recent studies stress the importance of spending time outdoors, both for kids and adults.

And yet, hiking with kids can seem challenging – especially if you’re just getting started. Continue reading