Teens

Some great tips from a Scout parent on how to help your kids get the most out of their Scouting program.

Four Tips for Being a Good Scout Parent

  Writing workshops always say that you should write about topics you know.  Well, one thing I know a little bit about is being a Scout parent.  Since I have all boys, I’ve been involved with Boy Scouts.  But I’m sure the Girl Scout program has similar benefits. I actually was a Girl Scout, but […] Read more…

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

Raising responsible teens is definitely an on-going process, so I think you need to celebrate every possible bit of progress.  I had one particular issue I had been fighting ever since we started in Jr. High – lunch money.   Photo credit Neither of us likes making lunches, so we had initially decided to allow […] Read more…

Outsmart the Same As Cash Programs

Outsmart the “Same as Cash” Programs

This post was inspired by a mistake made a while back by my now 25 year old son. This son, in fact. Yes, I know he’s a handsome fellow, but he’s not quite perfect. Like a lot of kids (okay, young adults!), he makes mistakes sometimes, especially regarding money. His latest mistake concerned a guitar.  Actually, […] Read more…

Connecting with you teen can be tricky, but here are some ideas that will help.

How to Connect with Your Teen

My son Blake and I had a good talk the other day.  He’s a High School Sophomore and he has been slipping a bit in school lately.  He needed a kick in the butt and I was definitely in the mood to give it to him.  But it reminded me of how difficult it can […] Read more…

Frustrating Behaviors - Intentional Incompetence

Frustrating Behaviors – Intentional Incompetence

Passive-aggressive behavior is a fascinating subject.  I see a lot of it with the people in my life at home and at work.  One of the most frustrating varieties of it is something called Intentional Incompetence.   We have all experienced Intentional Incompetence at one time or another.  Every time a kid “forgets” to do […] Read more…

Teens can be a little self-centered. I think volunteer service is so important to center them and give them a positive outlook about themselves and others.

Teens and Volunteer Service

Why should your teen get involved in volunteer service?  I’ll give you one reason.  Your teen needs to feel like a hero. Not every kid can be the popular one, score the winning sports goal, or win the top prize at the science fair, but every kid can do volunteer service. [bctt tweet=”Volunteer service can make your […] Read more…

Your teens will be buying their own groceries soon. You need to teach them these lessons right away.

Teach Your Teen to be a Smart Shopper

Most financial experts agree that the best way to teach kids to be a smart shopper is to actually let them TRY it.  They need to learn from their own successes and failures.  Since one of your biggest recurring expenses is your grocery budget, this is a great place to start. Do you realize our teen is […] Read more…

The Secret to Raising Great Kids

The Secret to Raising Great Kids

A little background – this is a reprint from a few years back, but interestingly enough, my son is now in full teenage mode at 15 and he’s still pretty awesome.  Sure, he drives me crazy like any other teen and we argue a bit more than we did when he was ten (okay, a […] Read more…

Fast Food Challenge

Smart Money – The Fast Food Challenge

I read an interesting statistic today – 18 to 25 year olds spend up to 49% more than other age groups on dining out. Doesn’t say if that’s fast food, fine dining, or drinks, but if I had my guess, I’d say 90% fast food with a smattering of fine dining. Image courtesy of [KEK064] […] Read more…

Thoughts About College

Next to your house, probably the biggest expense you will have in your life is paying for a college education for your kids. Therefore, it would only make sense to give it a LOT of thought. However, for most people, the only thought they give to college is HOW they are going to pay for […] Read more…

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