Engage your kids’ help in clipping coupons. Every now and then, let them redeem a coupon at the cash register and allow them to keep the cash they saved.
Tip of the Day April 5
Before a new school year begins, give teens a fixed amount of money for clothing and supplies and allow them to do the shopping. Living within a budget will challenge them to make tough decisions.
Tip of the Day April 4
Teach your kids that an ATM is more than a “magic money machine”. Explain that you put money that you earned into the bank earlier—the ATM just gives you some back when you need it.
Tip of the Day April 3
Have children do routine chores without pay, such as loading the dishwasher or putting toys away, but allow them to earn some extra cash for chores that are “above and beyond”, like cleaning the garage or washing windows.
Tip of the Day April 2
According to the Autism Society of America, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined. This month, participate in an Autism Walk or other fundraisers in your community that are devoted to supporting autism awareness and research.
Tip of the Day April 1
Children learn a lot about money by watching how we shop. Do you shop at garage sales or department stores? Are you more loyal to name brands or store brands? What do you put in the cart and what do you say “no” to?
Tip of the Day March 31
Manage your emotions. Our emotional reactions sometimes send signals we don’t intend: fear and worry can look an awful lot like anger, for instance. Take a cooling down period if you need one, and don’t be afraid to say so: I’m a little too upset to talk about this right now, let’s have this conversation in the morning when I drive you to school.
Set an expectation of honesty with your teen or young adult, and remain open to hearing information that may not please you. The only other options are snooping or speculating, so asking your teen when you have a question (or suspicion) is almost always the best course of action. Get help addressing sensitive topics. >
Tip of the Day March 28
Talk to other parents. Don’t be disadvantaged in your parenting by not having your daughter’s best friend’s mother’s cell phone number. As our kids get older, the hours they spend away from us grow longer. Build your network of interested and attentive adults so that you have allies to reinforce positive behaviors and address those that are not so positive.