Unfortunately we often don’t consider emergency funds until it’s too late. So go ahead and start working on yours today. Read the rest of this entry
I knew that where the items ended up would make a huge difference in terms of my everyday sanity.
If the things I used most weren’t in easy-to-reach areas, I could be frustrated just trying to make a one-pot dinner for my family.
Here’s how I did it. Read the rest of this entry
Mornings around here are pretty crazy. I get a little knot in my stomach when I first wake up on weekday mornings, as I know what is in store for me. Rushing, reminding, and stress – this is how our day starts. Oh yes, and the agitation, as we all try to complete the same goal – getting out the door with the needed items for the day. It’s a terrible feeling when I realize that someone has left their lunch or homework on the counter. Read the rest of this entry
1. Think Positive: Budgeting isn’t something you should dread, it’s actually extremely freeing. Instead of worrying about your purchases you can rest easy knowing your spending has been budgeted for. Read the rest of this entry
As a mom of four I have learned so much about timing. When it comes to the “right” time to teach kids about money, I would have to say it’s never too soon to start. Children learn at an exceptionally fast rate from birth to age five. Because of this, I would recommend talking to your children about money when they are toddlers. To begin with, I would keep it very conversational. Read the rest of this entry
No matter how large or small your family, or the age of the kids, Mom is, ultimately, the keeper of the calendar. Teens often take responsibility for their own schedule, but Mom still needs to know their schedules.
But with only 24-hours in a day, how do we wrestle ourselves free of seeing ourselves overbooked …again. Read the rest of this entry
One of the most worrisome things for parents when school starts is wondering whether or not your child will like his or her teacher. I was always anxious to hear about the new teacher after the first day of school, and I crossed my fingers that things went well and they love their new teacher! Read the rest of this entry
[Editor's note: following is a guest post by Laura Stack]
If you’re like most of us, family is one of the biggest reasons: you want to provide a good life for the people you love. Which makes it all very ironic, since working long hours keeps you away from your family…the very people you’re working so hard to provide for. It’s a vicious circle.
Remember that old song “Cat’s in the Cradle,” where the busy father missed out on his son growing up because he was too busy working…only to have the tables turned when he retired? It’s not just a song. Things like that happen every day in the real world.
The lesson here? Just this: the best thing you can spend on the people you love is time. Read the rest of this entry
But, there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy the satisfaction of being a more productive family. Here’s how:
I joined my wife last weekend in what became a scramble to get out the door for a family pool day. Missing items, forgotten tasks, lost swim goggles — it was an experience filled with stress and one clearly needing organization.
It's ironic how a relaxing day had the origins of chaos. But, like most parents, we tend to organize our work lives much better than we do our family lives.