Category Archives: Life Skills

Happy to Announce My New Book!

  As many of you are aware, I’ve been working on a book project for the last few years based on this blog and much additional research. For those of you who’ve offered feedback and suggestions to my blog posts … Continue reading

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People Are the Priority

It was clear early on that my friend Christina’s daughter Ava was a bright girl.  She was one of those toddlers who spoke in eloquent sentences when my same-age son was struggling to put two words together.  Her parents were … Continue reading

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What Getting a Puppy Taught My Tween and Teens about Parenthood

As a family we fall on the late-adopter end of the spectrum.  This is challenging for our kids when it comes to owning the newest technology which I’m pretty sure we have none of in our home.  It’s been similar … Continue reading

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“I Got My First Paycheck!” The Value of Work in Kids’ Lives

  At breakfast one morning last summer, Stephen, our 15 year-old suggested, “Let’s all go hiking this weekend.  I have a trail I want you to see.  It’s the one we’ve been working on all week.” Stephen’s comment was notable … Continue reading

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One Solution to the High Price of Big Kid Activities

A little over a year ago, Todd and I were having one of our monthly check-ins about family finances, and we came to the unfortunate realization that our family had more money going out than coming in. Ouch. The previous … Continue reading

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Kids Sharing a Bedroom: Pros and Cons

When our oldest child, Stephen, was 7 he was invited to spend a night in the hotel room of his visiting grandparents.  I expected our middle child Daniel, then 5, would be excited to be the sole occupant of their … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids to Advocate for Themselves – And 5 Ways to Help Little Kids Learn This Skill

Recently my husband Todd, and Daniel, our fifth grader, walked in the door on a particularly gray and blustery afternoon, their grim faces matching the outdoor weather.  “What’s wrong?”  I wanted to know.  “Daniel’s teacher put him next to Jonah … Continue reading

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Toward Media Savvy Kids

A while back Todd took our daughter Annie (8) to the nearby hardware store.  This locally-owned place is stocked with just about every basic item you could want.  Todd needed drywall anchors and screws.  Annie asked to stay by the … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids to Save Money

Saving versus spending:   Each of my three kids falls into a separate section of this continuum, depending on how recently they received birthday money.  On the one hand it’s enlightening to see what my kids choose to buy with … Continue reading

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Helping Your Child Start a Small Business

During the Depression my stepfather, Dan, helped his family survive by purchasing fruit and vegetables at the farmers’ market.  Then he sold them door to door in the wealthier neighborhoods of his city from his homemade wooden wagon.  He was … Continue reading

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