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Don’t Be a Judge-y Parent

I spend $240 a month for my sons’ piano lessons—$30 per lesson, per kid, per week. It’s a competitive rate for our area, and I love our teacher’s approach. Translation: Even when the $240 is a strain, it has value—for us. But recently another mom...

A Vital Deposit for Your Child

Would you bank the umbilical cord blood of your newborn?    The controversial practice has been getting more air time this fall, thanks to the endorsement of reality show stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who banked their newborn’s cord blood.  ...

Get More in March

Like you, I want  to feel that my money—and my time—is well-spent. That’s why I love discovering (and sharing!) little gems that make me feel like I’m getting more every day.   I started saving money for my almost-two-year-old daughter’s college...

Babysitter Backup Plan

It’s what Donald Rumsfeld called the “known unknowns.” At some point this winter, your kids will be home sick, and your sitter will be snowed in—or sick as well. That's why every working mother needs a backup plan. Start here. Strategize....

How I Cope With Working-Mom Guilt

I’ve been working since my son was born; I’m also the primary earner in my marriage. My son, now five, is thriving. I’m not. I still filter everything through the lens of my shortcomings, the tally of meals missed and other failures. But he’s...

Gifts Kids Will Love

Buying for kids packs a surprising amount of stress. If they don’t like what you’ve gotten them, they’ll tell you. Never fear—these gifts are guaranteed to please, and they’re all under $20. Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters ($5.49, Perpetual Kid)...

Balancing Santa, Kids & Budget

When I answered my seven-year-old’s Christmas request for an iPod Touch recently with a “no” (and a side of “are you kidding me?”), he shot back: “But you don’t even have to pay for it! It’ll be from Santa.” I was temporarily stumped, but I...

A Newly Single Mom Gets a Plan

My name is Stephanie and I’m a domestic violence survivor. I prefer the word survivor, not victim. I’m also a newly divorced parent to two wonderful girls, ages four and six. I have a great job and I’m college-educated, but there’s no education...

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