Up until this week our two children have squirreled away their money happy to have it deposit into the bank for a day when there was something their hearts truly desired. This week each approached me with requests. Our four-and-a-half-year-old son pleaded for a Pillow Pet whil.... read more
Whenever my children are asked the ubiquitous, everlasting question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" they always answer in the same way: a teacher, a mommy, and a writer. I suppose it's a sign that they enjoy school and that they think taking care of children is an i.... read more
A Pre-K teacher friend does a Circle Time activity wherein each child chooses either a nickel or a penny with which to buy a pretend donut. Inevitably, she says, they all pick the penny. Why? Because it's shinier! Give a three-year-old the choice between a nickel and a dime, .... read more
Money makes the world go round, and for children it is no different. They start out as toddlers wanting to put it in their mouths to taste it, but as they grow up, they want to play with it. Whether it is playing games, using their imaginations, or just questions about what it.... read more
Much as we try to shield our preschoolers from the daily news as presented on screen and in print, we also wish to help them understand some everyday events that have real impact on even their own little lives. And the truth is, whether they understand it or not, their wor.... read more
As parents, we have big jobs. Gargantuan big. We're raising human beings. We're teaching them social skills, safety measures, to read, to help sort laundry and multitudes of other values we want to instill. Alongside all these important principles, we also have to teach them .... read more
When children are still young enough to be in preschool, parents can get away with giving little or no thought to allowances. As our parenting expert Betsy Braun Brown has noted, preschoolers are simply too young to comprehend the value of money doled out on a weekly basis. .... read more
For a time, your preschooler will be pretty pleased with himself when he finds a penny on the sidewalk. He'll drop it in his piggy bank and listen to it jangle around, and then empty the entire bank and count the four, five, maybe six coins that are clanking around in the.... read more
When my children asked me, "Why do you have to work?" I thought I'd explain the exchange of what our jobs provide for our family -- the basics of home, food, clothes, and toys to play with. I thought this did the trick, except when my husband gave my then four-yr old daughter .... read more
One of our responsibilities as parents is to teach the value of saving money. We start them out young with piggy banks and such, usually in the shape of well, a pig. (what does that mean anyway??) But I have also seen some really cute banks out there if pigs aren't you.... read more
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