Allowances For Children

How do we teach children to handle money responsibly? I asked myself this question last month—my younger daughter wanted to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts for everyone in the family, but had already spent most of her allowance on potato chips and Pokémon cards. This put […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

I’m getting ready to head back east for a very traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner. All the elements that you see portrayed in idyllic family life will mostly likely be present complete with a kids table this year. We will have lots of family, turkey, […]

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Managing Holiday Stress

We are officially one week away from Thanksgiving! It totally snuck up on me this year. I’m not sure how it happened but it did. This year, we are spending Thanksgiving with my family in New England. I’ll get a chance to catch up with […]

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5 Ideas for Easy Entertaining

If you’ve spent any time in the Bay Area, you may have heard of this saying: “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.” Our real summer tends to be in September/October—the skies are blue, the air is still, and the bone-chilling […]

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Introducing Chores to Children

I grew up on a farm in Vermont, complete with horses and cows. My father worked as an engineer for a specialty tools company, and my mother managed a handful of residential properties. On evenings and weekends, they caught up with all the farming and […]

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