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Money Concepts for Kids

Money Concepts for Kids

Early in my financial planning career, a client asked me to speak to her children about basic money concepts. I thought this would be a snap. After all, talking about money is my job. The meeting, however, did not turn out as expected. The questions were so basic I didn’t have a ready response. It is one thing to talk about investing with an adult. It turned out to be another thing altogether to talk about money ba...
posted: Oct 5, 2012  |  views: 3582  |  comments: 1
Teach Your Kids Without Them Noticing

Teach Your Kids Without Them Noticing

As a teacher, I have always maintained that the bulk of a child’s education occurs at home, and anything the child learns at school is icing on the cake. Don’t get me wrong—school is a wonderful place for kids to develop social skills and good study habits, and to collect a pocketful of fascinating facts that will stick with them for the rest of their days. But it is the learning at home that can determine how ...
posted: Sep 27, 2011  |  views: 2162  |  comments: 1
A Child\'s Grief

A Child's Grief

“A grieving child’s life is like a piece of paper upon which every passerby leaves a mark. What kind of mark would you like to leave on the life of the child whose heart and soul have been touched by the death of someone loved?” (Alan Wolfelt) Children will instinctively find their way through the grief process if they are given permission to feel their feelings and work through them in their own way with th...
posted: Sep 27, 2011  |  views: 2542  |  comments: 0
The Buzz of BMX

The Buzz of BMX

Are you looking for an activity that your whole family can enjoy? If you answered “yes,” then look no further than your local BMX track. All you need to have a fun day is a bike that can be ridden in the dirt, a helmet, and to be between the ages of three and 73—give or take a few years. Everyone from beginners on tricycles or with training wheels to grandparents on mountain bikes are welcome to ride at any one...
posted: Mar 31, 2010  |  views: 4004  |  comments: 0
For the Love of Boredom

For the Love of Boredom

My six-year-old and his friend tire of Lego and start whining to “go on the computer.” No. I am increasingly incensed by the screen in all its guises—I’ve been studying what my children do instead when I might have said yes. They chalk an entire village on the street and stock the shops with real apples, they visit the neighbours and end up cleaning their rabbit hutches, they actually practice their musica...
posted: Feb 2, 2010  |  views: 2477  |  comments: 0
Train the Brain

Train the Brain

One of the remarkable facts about people is that we can all develop amazing talents or skills. One of us can become a skilled and creative painter, while another can develop talents as an accountant. In fact, some of us can develop both the talent of a painter and accountant at the same time, and throw in the ability to play the trombone. That is, if we put enough attention and effort into acquiring these abilities t...
posted: Dec 28, 2009  |  views: 2470  |  comments: 0
Talking to the Teacher

Talking to the Teacher

For some parents, talking to their child’s teacher can be a nerve-wracking experience. Memories of staying after school, getting in trouble and being afraid of the teacher can hold parents back from talking freely. However, good communication with a teacher can only enhance your child’s learning experience, and can help you as a parent gain valuable insight into your child’s learning process and school life. ...
posted: Sep 3, 2009  |  views: 3516  |  comments: 0
Show & Tell

Show & Tell

My five-year-old son was introduced to playing “show and tell” by his seven-year-old cousin. Since then, he has been introducing this concept to a number of his friends while on playdates. We have tried to gently redirect him, knowing that it is normal at this time in his development, but also fearing the reactions of other parents. He has started having playdates with a four-year-old girl. I am afraid he will in...
posted: Jun 1, 2009  |  views: 5348  |  comments: 0
Helping a Young, Advanced Reader

Helping a Young, Advanced Reader

Many people think it odd that I talk so much about helping advanced readers—I am a lucky parent, they say, to have a young, advanced reader. In many ways, I agree. My son is eight and is an advanced reader. He devours books; reading long novels way after lights out and getting so absorbed in his books that he doesn’t hear the teacher tell the class it is time to move on to the next activity. But I’m not sure...
posted: May 1, 2009  |  views: 7688  |  comments: 0
Growing Patience

Growing Patience

Cell phones, text messaging, bank machines, digital cameras, even many foods these days all cut down on the time we wait for things. Instant communication, instant photos, instant money, instant noodles, rice, soup—our fast-paced society encourages instant gratification. Is it any wonder that impatient drivers succumb to road rage or line-ups become unruly when people are forced to wait? How then, in our high-press...
posted: May 1, 2009  |  views: 7115  |  comments: 0



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