Love thy siblings: lesson in hand-up or hand-out

The proverb Charity begins at home means different things to different people. However, both are very closely related. The idea is that children learn charity in the home, manifested in the way they relate to other people. We all want our children to love their siblings. When children are young, they may argue and fight with each other constantly.  They may even be mean and cruel to each other sometimes.  However, when a sibling sees another in pain or suffering, they tend to
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Life problem: don’t ask Google!

I recently came across a podcast where Seth Godin was interviewed. The interviewer asked him what he thought of schools today. I want to share with you my thoughts on one of his replies and how it applies to teaching our children about money. Teach children two things Seth takes the view that schools evolved from the industrial age to teach people how to be compliant. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this. Society definitely has a place
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Halloween costs: how to lower it

I can understand why so many children look forward to Halloween. I mean, how often are they allowed to roam the streets looking ghoulish, stay up late at night with friends and eat lots and LOTS of junk food? In another post, I wrote about asking children to pay for their own junk food but on Halloween, kids actually get junk food GIVEN to them … for FREE! I previously wrote about where to focus spending our money for the occasion. In
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Subjecting children to voluntary financial discomfort

I read a lot of personal finance blogs. One of my favourite blogs for a long time is Mr Money Mustache. I loved his blog so much that I read every single blog post from the very beginning. Every. Single. Post. This was a few years ago. Recently I thought I might revisit his posts again – from the very beginning. I came across the term ‘voluntary discomfort’ again, but but it resonated more with me this time around. It
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Halloween: where to spend your money

Halloween is just around the corner! In my neighbourhood, there are streets with rows of houses decorated with Halloween stuff. From around 6 pm, you start seeing ghouls, zombies, vampires and all sorts wandering around on the streets. It’s not just the kids, but some adults really get into the spirit of things too (no pun intended)! There’s of course trick or treating, which is the real reason we allow our young children to roam the streets past their bedtime. 
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