Tips To Teach Your Kids About Money

mkI recently did an interview about tips to use when teaching your kids about money. In thinking through some techniques, I was able to lock on some specific things we did which helped to better instill good money management habits in our kids. Here they are:

1. When our daughter was in her tweens, we started working with her about purchasing decisions and saving up for things she wanted. Here’s what we did:

  • We increased the amount of her allowance, gave it to her quarterly, but then had her use her budget to buy all of her own clothes and other personal items
  • We kept track of inflows and outflows on an excel spreadsheet
  • If she wanted something we would ask her if that was where she wanted to spend her budget. If she said yes then she made the purchase but then she had to wait until she had enough money in her account to buy other things
  • Right after we put this into effect, she and my wife were in Nordstrom and our daughter saw a pair of flip-flops she wanted. She asked my wife if she

Go Trampolining and Give Your Kids the Best of Indoor Activities

rgKids want non-stop fun for hours. They don’t want any restrictions to come their way while they are having fun. They want absolute freedom even without caring for any consequences that their non-stop fun might cause. Being naughty and innocent, kids sometimes go above the board and in the process, get themselves hurt badly. This is what worries parents the most and this is why kids are not given more freedom than needed. But then, parents can neither restrict their kids fully nor can they give them total freedom. They have to maintain a balance between letting kids enjoy as desired but don’t get enough freedom to get hurt.

This is what prompts parents to look for a playing arena which is totally fun. They want a venue where kids can walk, play, jump, run and do everything without any worries. Such a venue can exist only when the surface beneath is soft and spongy; such an arena is possible only where kids don’t face any risks of falling on the ground and if they did fall, they don’t get hurt in any way. A

7 Easy Tips for Preparing Your Child for a Sleepover

v1. Give Them a Pep Talk

As excited as kids can get, sometimes once the excitement wears off they’re little bundles of nerves. I’ve seen kids thrilled about the idea of going somewhere, right up to the second it’s time to walk out the door – and then they cry and change their minds. Whether they’re scared or just a little anxious about being away from home, talk to them. You can’t reassure them if you don’t know what’s on their little minds.

2. Pack Them a Thoughtful Bag

If your little one is prone to separation anxiety (or if you’re just nervous that another parent won’t be as attentive to your child’s needs as you are), sending them off with a small care package can alleviate a lot of stress for both of you. The items in your care package should be things you aren’t sure the other parent(s) will have, or things that are specific to your child. For example, his or her favorite blanket or stuffed animal that they absolutely. cannot. live. without.

Or, if your child has dietary restrictions and you’re not sure

6 Tips for the Perfect First Sleepover

Discuss it With Your Child First – Are They Ready?

Some children are independent and socially prepared for sleepovers at a young age but, for others, the thought of spending an overnight with a group of friends can be stressful. There is no right or wrong age for kids to begin attending slumber parties, but it is important that your child does not feel pressured into the event.

It’s better for your child to have a positive first experience than to risk an upsetting or potentially embarrassing incident that may turn them off to the whole idea of sleepovers. If your child asks permission to have or attend a sleepover, then this is a clear sign that they’re at least interested. On the other hand, if your child receives an invitation to a slumber party for a friend’s birthday or another occasion, it is important to make sure they are comfortable with the idea before committing them to something they are not ready for.

Try Being the Host First, and Start With Just One Friend

Once you have determined that your child is socially ready for a sleepover, consider hosting one at your home before sending them off to a friend’s house. Having

7 Ways to Encourage Kids to Be Active

Did you know that 70 percent of overweight kids, become overweight adults as well? It’s important that kids, at their early age, develop healthy habits they can carry into adulthood. The best way to do this is to encourage kids to be active. But that’s easier said than done, especially if kids have become couch potatoes or digital zombies thanks to all those gadgets. Here are 7 ways to encourage kids to be active.

Introduce Development-Related Activities

You may not know it, but kids crave for structure in their lives. When they’re bored, besides playing, they either eat, use gadgets or do weird stuff. While their weird stuff can be hilarious at times (not to mention cute), add a little more order in their lives by giving them development-related activities. For example, don’t expect an eight-year old to run a marathon with you or do weight training. Swimming, biking, basketball and football are fun activities. There are camps which also offer development-related fitness activities.

Get Them ‘Active Toys’

Obviously, kids love toys. But don’t give them just any other toys. Give them active ones. For instance, a soccer ball may not technically be a toy, but for a child it can lead to hours

Beliefs Control Your Choices – What Do You Believe?

A belief is something you accept on faith

… is something you have a strong conviction about

… is something you consider to be true and honest

… is mental acceptance of something or someone

A belief is also an acceptance of something good or bad / right or wrong. If you have a strong conviction that something is true… it becomes part of your belief system.

Your beliefs determine your behavior. Behavior is the things you do daily – the things that you are consistent in how you react to. Your beliefs will also control your choices. Choices are decisions you make based on what is important to you. Your choices help make the things you believe in happen. Note I said “help”. I know there are times when you make the right choices for all the right reasons and the outcome is not what you planned on or wanted. However, without making choices you cannot ever make the important things you believe in happen.

Here are three true stories showing how beliefs affected these teens behavior and choices.

W.G. was a beautiful gal at 17, with a very ethnic look. Her bone structure was beautiful and she photographed amazingly. However, she was quite short

Speak for the Children and Be Their Voice

How many of you experienced firsthand being abused while you are still young by people you personally know or by strangers and have not got the courage to report it to authorities or to tell anyone about it?

Have any of you witnessed people, young and old, bullied and abused but have done nothing about it to stop it?

Do you know a child being bullied, abused, disrespected and yet you do nothing to help?

How would you feel if you are abused, bullied and experiencing violence and yet no one cares to help you, to defend you and to take you away from that situation?

An act that harms and mistreats children either physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally is child abuse.

Physical Abuse is the most visible sign of children being abused. It is the use of any kind of violence or force against children that causes injury, pain, physical suffering or even death.

Sexual Abuse is a non-consensual physical contact on anyone and on any child. Forcing, pressuring, asking a child to do sexual activities with or without consent is a crime.

Mental or Emotional Abuse is a form of abuse through words by calling names, ridiculing, belittling, shaming, degrading, humiliating, destroying of personal belongings,

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Life is a journey! I’m sure we’ve all heard that one before, right? Sadly, though, sometimes this journey has some disappointments and sometimes doors slam in our face. I’m sure we’ve all experienced disappointments in our lives from time to time, right? But don’t sweat it because just like winter has its opposite in summer, and night has its opposite in day, a door closing on our hopes, ambitions, and dreams has its opposite in the form of another door opening that promises us even better hopes, ambitions, and dreams.

Now what happens when we just outright get rejected and hurt by a door slamming violently in our faces? Believe it or not, same success and leadership principle from above is still at work! That violent door brutally slamming on us and even hurting us has its opposite too. Passing through that painful slamming door just wasn’t meant to be. There is a better door right down the road for us if we’d only be brave enough to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and journey down the road a bit further. If we find the courage, will, and wisdom to travel further, I’m sure we’ll find an even better future

Top 10 Online Shopping Sites for Babies & Toddlers

Well, whenever the idea of online shopping crops up in our mind, we get to see and also find a wide range of sites that allow for online shopping. You can get your desired products and that too at extremely reasonable prices when you are shopping online. There are a huge number of shopping websites where you can buy a wide range of things for men, women and also children.

Products that you need for your kids

The products that you may need for your babies depend from your baby to another baby. After all, all kids are not same and the main thing to be kept in mind while buying your kid’s products is that their requirements may also vary. Here are a list of such products that you may need for your baby.

1. Baby clothes
2. Diapers
3. Blankets
4. Toys & games
5. Video monitors
6. Footwear
7. Books
8. Feeding products
9. Potty training

These are a few items that are extremely essential for your kids. Now let us have a glance at the list of 10 websites that you can opt for if you want to buy products for your kids. These are as follows:

1. First cry:

To speak

5 Benefits For Young Children And Teens Participating In Dance Exam Sessions Within Dance Schools

Dancing is something rather nostalgic to those of us who are now fully grown. Often adults will say, “gee I wish my mother had pushed me to stay in dance classes such as ballet and tap when I was little and not listened to me when I said I wanted to stop!” We tend to look back at these early years and recall and realise that we were in a good lifestyle routine.

1) Dance exams help to instill dedication and commitment in children and teenagers.

The young dance students must have a good work ethic to keep up with the work which is being taught to them within the dance school by their teacher. The young dancers must also think for themselves and many dance teachers will ask them to practice their exercises at home in the hope that the dance student will grasp and show great signs of improvement week on week. It is after all a two-way street!

2) A sense of responsibility.

The words ‘exam’ or ‘show’ can be quite daunting, especially to our youngest of dance students. It is the responsibility of the dance teacher to make this event seem like it will be a fun presentation of their

How Vietnamese International Schools Are Failing Millennial Teens

The tension between the traditional attitudes of Asian parents and the reality faced by today’s Asian teens has always been a tightrope international schools in the region have had to walk – and never more so than now.

Now there is a real and widening generation gap on a huge range of issues, from smoking, drinking, underage sex, teen pregnancy, LGBT students, teen relationships, porn-watching and the Internet.

Here in Vietnam, a country I have called home for the best part of 17 years, my job as an English teacher puts me on the frontline in the battle between the generations that is currently being waged in homes and schools across Southeast Asia.

Middle-class Asian parents, brought up during the austerities of post-Cold War poverty, have worked hard to give their children a better life. Convinced by traditional Confucian ideas on the importance of education, they have encouraged their children to study hard, take extra classes, complete mounds of homework and get good grades, while equipping them with iPhones, laptops and all the latest mod cons, in an effort to give their children what they themselves could never have or afford when they were younger.

However, all this comes at a cost. Long hours

3 Tips to Boost Self-Esteem in Today’s Youth

One of the more disheartening comments a parent or teacher is apt to hear from a child is “I can’t” or “it’s too hard.” These comments often hint at insecurities or low self-esteem. There may be a myriad of reasons why a child lacks confidence; sometimes it’s merely a matter of development and may come with age. Yet it’s important to nurture children’s self-esteem so that they can grow and thrive with a positive state of mind intact and ready to tackle future challenges in school and life. The following tips can help educators or childcare workers find ways to promote students to feel better about themselves and what they can accomplish.


In order to acknowledge and praise a child’s good behavior, the surrounding adults have to first be in tune with what is happening with that child and notice it. It’s easy to notice the negative behaviors, but it’s the positive behaviors and their acknowledgement that can boost a kid’s self-esteem–when they are acknowledged! When you see a child do something well, be sure to congratulate the child privately, publicly, or maybe even both. Kids will feel special when you make a special point to speak with them in private

Is Your Child Ready for a Chess Tournament

Chess tournaments are an amazing opportunity for kids to gather with their peers to test their thinking and reasoning skills. First, tournaments are always exciting and it is common for parents to be nervous about whether their child is ready to handle the competition. As your son or daughter continues to develop their interest in chess, here are a few questions to consider that will help you gauge their readiness.

How Are Their Skills?

Participants in a chess tournament are usually sorted according to their ratings. As a first-time tournament participant, your child will be unrated, which means they will likely be paired with another child of the same age or grade level who may or may not have the same level of skills. Typically, the event’s organizers will try to pair new competitors with each other as much as possible. While everyone is welcome, it is best if your kid knows at least a few basics of the game such as how the pieces are allowed to move and capture. If your child takes lessons, then talk to their coach about their readiness or you can arrange for them to start learning the basics if they want to compete.

Have They Expressed

Decline in Social Order

Good parenting is most pivotal for the good upbringing of your child. When a child becomes teen, it is not that easy to manage him as he is growing as an adult and there are lots of mental and physical changes that take place in him which is just a normal course. At this important stage, the parents must understand the child and his problems. Although some children get due care from their parents, yet most of them don’t get proper attention which lead them towards an aimless goal.

In this current generation, we are creating the crowd of the angry children due to their not so good way of thinking and endless eccentricity of their age. They want to get a thing then and there and to wait is not accepted to them. They are not willing to make sincere efforts in achieving their goals. As they want immediate results, they turn to negativity if they don’t get them in a desired way. There are many instances where parents fail to treat their children in a good way which results in making them disruptive and aggressive. The behavior of today’s youth is much different from the youth of the past.

Every Storm Makes You Luckier!

It may be considered a little weird or at least a little different to be told that we are a little bit luckier now that we’ve had a big storm pass through our lives. One of the reasons that we are luckier is that we didn’t just have a storm pass through, but rather we just successfully weathered that storm! Hooray!

You see, a weathered storm cleanses us as they wash away the old and bring in the new. Storms can give us all a fresh start at something that formerly might have been a bad start. Sometimes storms will even unveil a clear vision for a new path or fresh start.

The blinding storms in our lives are truly fascinating and have an even greater degree of magic to them than the calmer, vision-clearing storms. When it’s raining too hard to see straight that’s exactly when our subconscious mind takes over and sees the mysterious lesson and a way out or at least through the storm. We usually end up under a shelter, sitting up there on that red picnic table, stronger and better prepared for the next storm, whether we know it or not.

Sadly, our conscious mind doesn’t always recognize

Safeguarding Elementary School Kids From Abduction

Nothing can be more tormenting for a parent than having a child abducted and not knowing how they are and where they are. Most cases of abduction for school going kids happen when they are on their way to the school and on their way back home from school. Abduction of kids has become very real and it is up to the parents and the schools to come up with safety measures to reduce the cases and to keep the children safeguarded at all times. Even the simplest measures on the way to school and while in school can go a long way in protecting the children.

What parents can do

1. If possible make sure that you take your child to the bus stop and only leave when the child safely board the school bus. In cases where you have chosen not to use the school bus services, make sure you personally drop the child to school compared to leaving them to use public means to get to school.

2. Be attentive when your child talks about approaches from strangers and teach them about abduction in an easy to understand manner but with the seriousness it deserves. Teach them to ignore and

Key Things To Consider In The Personalized Children’s Book You Want To Order

Today, you can see kids as young as one year old playing various games on different types of mobile devices. Many health experts say that this is a bad habit that children, especially pre-school ones, should not get into since it is unhealthy. Staring at the screen of a mobile device for a long time can have bad effects on a child’s eyes. This habit can also negatively affect a child’s socialization and emotional faculties.

If you’re looking for a healthy habit that your child should get into or develop, reading is always a recommended activity. Reading is a great brain-boosting activity and if done with everyone in the household, it can also be a wonderful family bonding experience as well.

A lot of young kids though won’t easily get into the habit of reading. They may find some books boring or simply not to their liking. This problem though can be easily remedied by getting some personalized children’s books.

By choosing the right company that specializes in creating personalized story books, you can have one (or more) that your child will surely love to read. And if it’s your first time to have a personalized children’s book made, below are some of

Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Buying a Balance Bike

With so many balance bikes available, it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the choices.

But don’t worry. We’ve made it easy for you…

What Exactly is a Balance Bike?

A balance bike is a bike with two wheels that does not have pedals.

The first known balance bike was actually invented in Europe back in the 1800’s. The purpose of a balance bike is to teach children the art of balance and steering without the distraction of having to pedal.

Riders are propelled forward by pushing off the ground with their feet in a running or striding motion. Once balance is achieved in this format, the transition to a pedal bike is quite fluid.


The most important part of finding the perfect bike for your child is the fit.

In the case of balance bikes, bigger is NOT better!

Make sure that your child’s in seam is no shorter than the lowest seat height listed.

Your child should be able to sit on the bike with his feet flat on the ground… to start!

As he becomes more comfortable on his bike, gradually raise the seat (or encourage him to sit back farther on the seat if you go with a Kid dimoto model), until just the balls

5 Chores That Your Child Can (and Should) Do

Every child grows up at a different pace. The benefits of engaging your child into household chores are numerous. Inculcating within them a feeling that they are a significant part of the family results in understanding of major life skills, their responsibilities and most importantly, they begin to specialize in the tasks. Chores show kids that a family is built on obligations and how family members should help each other. Here’s a list of five chores that every child can (and should) do all by themselves:


Your child should be able to put on their own clothes properly and make their own bed with all the things kept in the respective drawers. As a parent, one should resolve not to whip up a messy bed until they have left. This is a chance to see if they have actually given a thought about your early morning lectures.


I am not talking about washing or ironing it yet, but every child should be able to put their clothes in a designated basket and put the folded clothes away. Being responsible of collection of their clothes that they once gave to the drycleaner

Your Word and Your Reputation!

Please don’t ever forget that a person is only as good as their word and reputation. So always protect both! Think about making a good first impression… We only get one chance to make a really good first impression. Our word and our reputation are going to be a big part of that first impression, right?

So let’s fight with all that we have to keep our word and our good reputation. Someday we’re going to need both. Hopefully when that day comes both our word and reputation will still be fully functioning and not damaged beyond repair.

Things happen. We all know things happen; that’s just the way the world is. Unfortunately, when things do happen many times it becomes very painful to keep our word because the circumstances have changed since we promised whatever it was that we promised. Remember, nothing ever stays the same, and that’s exactly why we should never over-promise. Over-promising usually forces us to under-deliver when things change. Instead of over-promising, let’s always under-promise so we can, more often than not, get lucky by over-delivering in good times and not getting so messed up in bad times.

If we’ve done the right things, even during the tough