When you take your kids shopping, be clear about the budget and what you will and will not buy. Otherwise, it’s easy for kids to pressure you to buy on impulse.
Get your child a library card in her or her name. Go the library often and check out books.
Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re still young and you can influence their choices.
Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic on the floor in your living room.
Help your kids get organized in their rooms and at school. Find organizational tools that they’ll use.
Blow bubbles with your kids. See if they can catch a bubble and then use the bubble to catch another to create double-decker bubbles.
Encourage kids to help you with the laundry. Teach them to sort colors. After clothes are dry, have them match socks.
Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game of kick the can. Get out and move!
Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.
Trade outgrown clothes, toys, and other items with other families.
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