You gotta know when to push them...

My son gets a weekly allowance and dutifully puts the money into one of his jars. We've used the money in his Give jar a few times for donations to his school and other causes that he chooses. It's the Save and Spend jars that I am still teaching him to work with. ...more

Parental Poker (AKA, How Not To Have To Clean Your House Anymore)

It was said best in the cinematic blockbuster and now classic movie to those of us growing up in the 80's, UNCLE BUCK:"I'm earning my keep. Uncle Buck's got me bustin' my hump. He says a little hard work will put some hair on my chest. At least I'm learning a trade!"--Macauley Culkin as Miles...more

The going rate for the tooth fairy

I made the mistake of Googling the phrase "tooth fairy rates" the other day and I was frightened. Depending on the area of the country, some children are receiving anywhere from $5 - $13 per tooth. ...more

You give a little, you get a lot

Every Sunday morning, I give my son his allowance. He does a little song and dance he made up and races to his room to put the money into his three jars. So far, he's completely understood the purpose of his spend and save jars, but we haven't done much with his give jar. He knows that he has that jar in order to give back to the world, but we were waiting for enough funds to make an impact....more

You're a mom forever

On Sunday morning, my son greeted me by saying, "Good morning! I get my allowance today, right?" After his morning routine, I handed him his cash for the week and he went to distribute it into his three jars. He then starting telling me what he was going to use his spend money on (a Batman action figure of some kind) and what he was going to use his save money on (a different Batman action figure of some kind)....more

Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son. I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and still take out the trash. That takes good time management skills.  ...more

Money talks

At about this time last year, I wanted to introduce my son to money. But it was too early for him, as evidenced by the fact he would still mix the play money in his cash register with the real thing. So, we took a step back and waited. ...more

The Curse of the Ugly Debit Card

So last night, Mackenzie sent me this image and then this (text) conversation really happened in my house: ...more

Do You WANT It, or Do You NEED It?

So, my brain is tired.  Ball games every night, working really hard getting my 4-H kids ready for the county fair, plus (trying) to keep up with the garden, the house, and the kids, I'm tired.  I have nothing new for you today except for an update from the idiots at Expedia .  It's at the bottom.  I didn't figure those twits deserved top billing.  I wrote a post back in March about WANT vs. NEED and teaching kids the difference. I really like it and think you will too.  Without further ado, please enjoy this re-post: ...more

Chores & Allowance: To Be or Not To Be?

http://tryfection.blogspot.com/Do your kids have chores? Do they actually do them without complaint? If so, I want to hear your secret. We will be testing one on Monday (at my children's request - believe it or not). If you would like hear the whole story, check on my blog....more
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