Kids & Finance

Should You Send Your Child to Preschool?

Should You Send Your Child to Preschool?

For the first three years of my child’s life, I didn’t have to pay for childcare. My work-from-home job gave me some flexibility, and I had a family member nearby who helped look after my daughter.
Strong is the New Pretty

Strong is the New Pretty

I simply refuse to believe that it is emotionally, psychologically, or physically healthy for young girls to be exposed to the endless supply of unrealistic images of beauty via social media.
Banking on Women and Girls

Banking on Women and Girls

I come from a long line of risk-takers, which is ironic since my family was in the business of managing risk: banking. My great-grandfather came to America when he was 21 years old to build a better life…

Preparing Your Kids for Financial Independence

Preparing Your Kids for Financial Independence

"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."  — Denis Waitley Giving birth to my children was an unforgettable milestone in my life, one I prepared for…

10 Tips to Inspire Entrepreneurship in Children

10 Tips to Inspire Entrepreneurship in Children

In many ways, entrepreneurship is awesome! Being your own boss and working for yourself appeals to many for the freedom and flexibility it offers. This is especially true for parents and caregivers of disabled or aging loved ones who often…

A New Way to Talk to Your Children About Money

A New Way to Talk to Your Children About Money

Does talking with your children about money merely involve you saying no to a purchase? If discussing finances with your children is not something you typically engage in, try this fun, new way to start teaching them the importance of…

Should You Pay Kids to Do Homework?

Should You Pay Kids to Do Homework?

Last week, my son returned from visiting a school he may attend next fall and said, “Mom, they all know multiplication and I don’t.”  

I replied, “You can learn multiplication in a snap. Why…

9 Educational Toys That Teach Kids About Money

9 Educational Toys That Teach Kids About Money

Kids today are tackling all sorts of complex subject matters: playing the violin, learning to speak Mandarin, and programming with Javascript. But what about teaching them about money?

Luckily, there are all sorts of books, toys, and games that tackle…

The Key to Teaching Kids About Money

The Key to Teaching 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: 

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Is Paying Kids for Good Grades a Bribe?

Is Paying Kids for Good Grades a Bribe?

When I was in elementary school, I’d excitedly count down the days until my next report card, anxious to make sure I’d gotten an ‘A’ in each and every class. But not because I…

Why Kids Should Chip in for College

Why Kids Should Chip in for College

When I was in high school, I worked as a waitress, slinging hot cakes and hash at my local IHOP. My plan: to drive off to college in a lightly-used red sports car. Then my father presented me with…

Defining Wealth for Kids

Defining Wealth for Kids

I blame Kit, the plucky American Girl Doll who survives the Great Depression. Ever since my daughter Maxine read the Kit books, she’s been asking, “What would happen if Daddy lost his job? Where would we live…