At your next family meal, go around the table, each sharing one challenge and one accomplishment from the week.
Tip of the Day April 7
Encourage your kids to save for things like a new bike or a concert ticket—and in the long term, for expenses like college tuition or a car. Having a savings goal makes the budgeting process more real and tangible.
Tip of the Day April 6
Teach your kids that everybody has personal values, even though others’ may be different from their own.
Tip of the Day April 5
Introduce your kids to adults who have solid financial skills. Ask the adults for tips they’ve learned for managing their money well—and some of the traps to avoid.
Tip of the Day April 4
Encourage your children to take one small step toward changing something they’d like to do differently.
Tip of the Day April 3
Using cash when shopping with young kids helps make the concept of money more concrete. Talk about how money is used and even let them count out the bills and the change for the clerk.
Tip of the Day April 2
Ask your children what they think is special and unique about themselves. And then tell them what you think.
Tip of the Day April 1
Children will always challenge limits. Talk about why you set rules on movies, games, and curfews. To help with compliance, share your expectations with the parents of their friends.
Tip of the Day March 31
Kids of all ages need to experience their own authority and influence. When “choosing your battles,” keep in mind that being a little flexible here and there is a good thing.
Tip of the Day March 30
Children actually listen to their parents. Start conversations about sex early so they are not seen as a “big deal.” Libraries and bookstores are great places to get accurate information.