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Jun14
Filling in the Blanks

Filling in the Blanks

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When I introduce myself from here on out, I am supposed to say, “Hi, my name is ______________, and I’m an alcoholic.” That’s the first step, according to the brochure some nice woman handed me as I entered my first AA meeting day before yesterday.

Jun13
Family Experiment: Motivating Children to Save and Budget for the Family Vacation

Family Experiment: Motivating Children to Save and Budget for the Family Vacation

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My kids, like most kids I would venture to guess, do not really understand the idea of budgeting and saving. They will earn money doing extra chores, or get money as a birthday present, and immediately think of twenty different impulse things they can purchase with it. Things they didn’t even know they wanted, needed, before we stepped into the store. Given the amount of Americans who are deep in credit card debt, the impulsiveness is not something that naturally stops at adulthood.

Jun11
A Guide To Thrifting With Your Teen

A Guide To Thrifting With Your Teen

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Think clothes shopping with your teen has to be excruciating? Thrifting together is a great way to save money and have fun while you do it.

Jun10
On Night “Wakings” That Actually…Aren’t

On Night “Wakings” That Actually…Aren’t

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My one-year-old wakes up multiple times at night, but can’t be comforted and gets angry when I try to calm him down! What’s going on here? How can I help us all get some restful sleep?

Jun10
Why is Playing with My Kids So Hard?

Why is Playing with My Kids So Hard?

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5 tips for parents on being more present and less distracted when spending time with your children.

Jun06
It’s Okay to Tell Your Kid You’re Proud of Them, Just Don’t be LOUD About It

It’s Okay to Tell Your Kid You’re Proud of Them, Just Don’t be LOUD About It

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Every year at this time, our elementary school holds individual ceremonies for the third, fourth and fifth grades. Anyway, that part of the event is all fine and good and it’s great to see the kids get their little medals and certificates. But then? Then things take a very obnoxious turn. Because that’s when the principal thanks everyone for coming, makes some closing remarks and opens up the mic. To the audience. Of parents….

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