Christmas is a wonderful time for us to show our thankfulness by giving to the ones we love. Here are 15 fantastic ideas for ways that your family can “pay it forward” this Christmas.Read More
Spring break is almost upon us, and parents are diligently seeking fun and interesting activities to keep their children occupied. Here are some creative ideas that also have an educational value.Read More
Picture yourself poolside, sipping a bellini with cucumbers resting on your eyes. For most moms, this is a fantasy long gone. Summer is for frantically figuring out what to do with your little ones and still being semi-productive yourself. It doesn’t have to be this way. With a little creativity and inspiration, you can maximize your “me time” and your kid’s fun time.Read More
If you want to lure children away from the attraction of online play, keep in mind that kids respond most enthusiastically to internal motivation. Dr. Mark Lepper of Stanford University points out that internal motivation consists of the 5 C's: Challenge, Context, Competence, Control and Curiosity.Read More
Take a deep breath in. Hold it! Breath out sloooooooowly. Ahhhhh, school is out, and the decompression has begun.
As you think through all the fun things you'll do with your kids this summer, consider one that will challenge them to develop great money habits.
“I am reaching my goals," said one 5th grader in my class.” “I’d like to earn money for charity by doing extra chores,” exclaimed another. My students are reaching for things they normally would not have, if it weren't for FamilyMint. They now know how to fill out a check, take care of adding and subtracting from their register, and even "envelope" their money. As a teacher, I appreciate helping students brush up on money skills and vocabulary, as well as seeing how happy they are to spend a little time with parents around goal setting and financial literacy.
David Fiske, a 5th grade mathematics teacher at Heritage Elementary school in Saline, MI, and his class have completed the FamilyMint Money Management Certification program. The program was generously sponsored by Bank of Ann Arbor. Mr. Fiske stated, "Real life application is important for student learning. This program gave my fifth grade students practical experience using a financial program which connected with the mathematics concepts that they learn in the classroom and provides a financial unit that is clear and user-friendly."Read More
If you've followed our blog for very long you know that we firmly believe it’s never too early to begin teaching children the fundamentals of financial literacy. It’s also a great idea to teach them about investing and the best way for them to learn is practically—by doing.Read More
Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Has your family been thinking about or begun planning a summer vacation? Are you seeking some fun, educational, and budget-friendly ideas? It’s not the cost of a vacation that makes it fun for parents and children; it’s the time spent together as a family. Take a look at some of these ideas for family vacations on a limited budget.
Want your kids to make healthier food choices when they are out? Have them pay cash.This is a somewhat surprising finding in a study by the USDA. In the study, college students that paid with cash made healthier food choices than those paying with an unrestricted debit card. And not only did they make healthier choices...Read More
We're always on the lookout for ways to save money and engage the kids in some fun learning. This recipe is one of our Fall favorites and is inexpensive (especially if you buy the almonds in bulk), easy enough for kids to do themselves (with a little bit of oversight from mom or dad), and the result is a healthy snack that kids love. Well, relatively healthy, but absolutely mouth-wateringly yummy.Read More