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A Cash Plan for Kids

My sons are asking, again, when they’ll get an allowance. I’m ambivalent. After all, I never got an allowance. My parents taught me the value of money; they just didn’t do it by actually giving me any.    But my kids aren’t going to give up, so I...

Coping with Teacher Gift Guilt

Last year Amanda and I fretted over Camp Gap—the stressful break between school and camp. Today it’s the end-of-year teacher gift debacle.   Amanda contributed cash to her preschool kids’ class gifts—but then saw other parents showing up with...

Should You Give Your Grad an Allowance?

Put yourself in the recent grad’s ballet flats: You’re 22, living with your parents after four years of freedom, stuck watching golf with Dad and trying to sneak in quietly at 2 A.M. after a night out. It's like high school all over again, but...

Wowsa Gifts for Dad Under $45

Mom is happy with brunch and flowers, but buying gifts for Dad’s Day can be such a pain. Most of the stuff he really wants is beyond reach (in-ground pool, Porsche Boxter), or he’s gotten it already (power tools, 45-inch flat screen). Luckily,...

Three Sites That Teach the Value of a Buck

At some point, your little birdies are going to dive out of the nest and directly into a hurricane of credit offers, career decisions, and spending temptations.   Prevent a financial nosedive by teaching them money must-knows before they...

This Year, Plan for the Camp Gap

News flash: school ends in June.   It’s time to plan for the Camp Gap—that stretch of time between the last day of school and the first day of camp. Assuming you can’t dash off to Disney World for three weeks or call Nana, here are some child...

What You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant on the Job

I work for one of the most empowering all-female companies in America. But when I told my boss I was pregnant, my heart was racing. I knew DailyWorth would be supportive. But the fact is, there are no guarantees when it comes to maternity leave...

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.   I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter parenting is dying—to wit, the arrival of...

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