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Calculating the Value of a Stay-at-Home Parent

Money is simply a stand-in for what we value. We earn money in exchange for value we provide. It’s a simple equation. But what about the value we provide that we don’t get paid for? One of the most common, and trickiest, places this question shows...

The Best Way to Teach Your Kids About Money

When I talk to people about why they do the things they do, especially when the things they do are hard like working a lot of hours or building a business, I often hear the same answer:  I’m doing this to give my kids a better future. It’s...

Why Stay-at-Home Parenting Just Isn’t Worth It

With just three months left until we welcome our first child, my husband and I have naturally been discussing how to best manage our future family, in terms of child care. As the breadwinner in my marriage, I’ve pondered what life might be like...

What I've Learned as a Part-Time Single Parent

It’s Saturday night, and I’m looking at the spattering of rice on the floor after a dinner of Indian takeout. I just finished Skyping with my husband Brian, who regaled me with tales of his first night in Thailand, and now I’m thinking of the...

Budget Bulge: How Spending Less Brought My Family Closer

Studies about women and money often find that we prioritize spending on our kids. That is certainly true for me. Although I loathe acquiring stuff for my children (I stop at H&M or Old Navy two or three times per year to stock up on kids’...

Why and How We Should Talk About Work With Our Kids

Some of the most vivid childhood memories I have of my mom are of her talking about work, beaming and confident in her teal silk blouse and neck bow. For 15 years or so my mother was a technical writer, riding the tech boom of the late ‘80s and...

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

How back to school season helps restore peace -- and order -- to my home and work.

How to Raise Rich (but Not Spoiled) Kids

I grew up in a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia--the kind of place where it wasn’t unusual for classmates to get brand new BMWs on their 16th birthdays. My parents didn’t get me a car when I got my license; they insisted I buy one with the...

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