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How Much is That ‘A’ Worth?

When I was in elementary school, I’d excitedly count down the days until I got my next report card, anxious to make sure I’d gotten an ‘A’ in each and every one. But not because I was one of those naturally straight-A kids: I got paid. Instead of...

Holiday Card Rapid Execution Plan

In my life-long desire to seem somewhat “domestically inclined"—as opposed to my reality as an executive mom always running for trains, tripping over unfolded laundry, stepping on Legos (ouch)—I’ve struggled with certain holiday obligations.  ...

Does Your Kid Need a Budget?

If you’re feeling bombarded with back-to-school expenses, activities, and the wallet-popping cost of child care—I hear you. With my son entering first grade this fall, it just hit me that I need a whole new budget—for my kid. Child care is a...

One Mom’s Olympic-size Budget

As my oldest daughter and I watched gymnast Gabrielle Douglas hand-spring her way to an Olympic gold, my 11-year-old saw an idol. I saw depleted bank accounts. An intermediate-level competitive gymnast, my daughter ranked 15th nationally last...

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,...

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