Category Archives: Life Skills

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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“The Story of Stuff” with Kids

School ends tomorrow, as I write this. We don’t have much in the way of camps or full-day activities set up for the kids, part of the me-not-working decision. (See previous post.) Instead we undertake what I refer to as … Continue reading

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Invisible Family Economics

When I was working, certain things were easier – to explain at least.  When I received a paycheck, the amount I brought to our family financially was right there in black and white.  I don’t mean to imply that all … Continue reading

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Fall-back Skills

A few years back, I got my haircut from a woman new to our local salon.  She looked quite young, and later told me she was a part-time college student in her late twenties who cut hair 2 days a … Continue reading

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Digging the Whole Hole: Home Improvement Projects with Kids

We all know those people who are really good with their hands, though this is not their paid work.  Like my neighbor, Danny, who built a chicken coop last Fall, or my brother-in-law, David, who created built-in bookshelves spanning his … Continue reading

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