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Dads and Fast-Food Modeling

Dads and Fast-Food Modeling

A research study reveals an interesting way dads influence their kids — and maybe an area where we need to step up as fathers.

Does Your Child Think Money Grows on Trees?

Does Your Child Think Money Grows on Trees?

I face a daunting challenge whenever I take one or more of my daughters to the grocery store. I'm sure you've experienced it, too. "Daddy, can I have one of those?" "Daddy, will you get this for me?"

Helping Kids Distinguish Between Needs and Wants

Helping Kids Distinguish Between Needs and Wants

The Luxury Marketing Council of Florida says that luxury spending has seen an annual growth of 20-30%, where general retail spending has seen an increase of 5%. One Encarta Dictionary definition of luxury is "an item that is desirable but not essential, and often expensive or hard to get." Translation: needs are up 5% per year, and wants are up 20-30%!

3 Tips for Talking to Kids about Money Challenges

3 Tips for Talking to Kids about Money Challenges

In today's economy, we're bombarded with all kinds of messages, and chances are your kids have heard some of the doom and gloom news as well. They're probably wondering, How's that affecting our family?

Family Financial Planning for Happy Holidays

Family Financial Planning for Happy Holidays

Many kids have parents convinced that life will just be a bust without the latest video game or hottest cell phone. With the recession looming large though, parents are struggling to shelter the children from their financial and employment woes, yet bestow upon them a memorable Christmas.

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