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Thank-you notes: More than a courtesy

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

The days after Christmas can have a sort of serenity to them. All of the shopping is actually done. There are a few days until New Year’s with nothing much to do. It’s a great time for some family bonding time. One of the things you can do with your children is writing thank-you notes. […]

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Asking for what you’ve earned

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

An alarming Glassdoor survey found that more than half of Americans don’t negotiate their salaries. That means most people will continue working for the same pay, even as their value to the workplace and their experience increases. How can you teach your kids not to be afraid of asking for a raise? Do some online […]

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Think about careers early

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

If there’s a question that’s a basic standard in virtually all kindergarten classrooms, it’s “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Talking to children about potential careers can be a great way to help them try on interests while also getting a feel for the lifestyles attached to various careers. Kids who […]

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Talk about wants and needs

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

Help children learn the difference between needs and wants. “Needs” are things they can’t manage without (lunch, a basic wardrobe, school supplies). “Wants” are things they’d like to have, but don’t need (ice cream with friends, designer jeans, an expensive backpack). Once they can differentiate between their needs and wants, kids can prioritize needs over […]

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Go ahead, take the kids shopping

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

Shopping can be easier without the kids. But your kids stand to gain from a shopping trip with mom or dad, even if only in one of the following ways: They learn that things are not free. When they see the exchange of cash (Try to use paper instead of plastic.) for products, it brings […]

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Going beyond babysitting & lawn-mowing

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

Babysitting and lawn mowing are tried and true moneymakers for kids, but not every child has interests in those areas. So, if your children express interest in making money (but are not yet ready for even a part-time job), help them figure out what they’re good at. Think out of the box. If your child […]

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What messages are you sending?

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

You don’t have to say “yes” to everything he or she wants. But, be careful. When you say, “We can’t afford it,” and then you spend money on other things, you’re giving a strong message: “We have money for what we want, but not for what you want.” Since this probably isn’t the case, be […]

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Vacation planning made easy

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts

Planning the ultimate family vacation is quite a challenge. This is especially true when you’re trying to fit in the best attractions and give your kids the vacation of a lifetime while staying within a budget. How can you accomplish all that and still keep your kids happy? The solution is simple, yet brilliant: Let […]

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Yard sale time!

February 6, 2019 | Category: Girl Scouts, Uncategorized

Learning how to be a successful salesperson is a key to lifetime prosperity. Have your child assist you with a yard sale. She can sell certain possessions that are no longer important in her life. Since she already knows the positive aspects of the items she’ll sell, it will be easy for her to feel […]

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