Kids and Money

Some children are quickly diagnosed after birth with a special need, whether that be a cleft palate or a more severe genetic condition.  Other children grow up seemingly typical, but then are diagnosed at a later date with a special need.  For instance, my brother had cerebral palsy, but he wasn’t diagnosed until after a […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai Our oldest is nearly 13, and we have very little saved for his college education.  That’s a scary thought since college costs are so expensive.  In 2016-2017, the College Board stated that in-state tuition, fees, and room and board average $20,090 per year. However, our budget is so […]

5 Ways to Save on Kids’ Clothes

by TTMK on February 13, 2017 · 0 comments

The following post is from Melissa Batai A kid’s job, it seems, is to grow as fast as possible.  Any parent of an infant can attest to that when the sweet baby fits in size 0 to 3 months for four weeks before zooming on to the next size.  Luckily, if you want to save […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai On a lark this winter, my son took the online qualifying exam for the National History Bee.  He was delighted when he qualified for the regional round.  We drove two hours to the regional round, and we were both delighted when he came in second place for his […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai When I was young, my parents didn’t have a lot of money. I was expected to work, first babysitting when I was a young teenager, and then at restaurant and retail jobs when I was in my later teen years. Doing so provided me with a strong […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai What was your childhood like? How many trips out of the country did you make? How many vacations did you take within the United States? How many extracurricular activities did you participate in? If your childhood was like mine, the answer to most of these questions […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai “With —–‘s birthday coming up, we thought we’d ask for 4 items that he will really get a lot of use out of in the coming months. I provided my mom and sister-in-law with a list of 4 other items that —– would like for his […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai My mom came from a large family, and at 18, the kids were pretty much on their own. My grandpa did help my parents a great deal by buying a rental home and letting her and my dad rent it and eventually buy it from him, […]

Back in the stone ages – a.k.a. my high school days – going to prom was a relatively straightforward affair.   The guy asks the girl, and the girl either says yes, tries to hedge, or flat out says no. If they go, he pays for his tux, some flowers, and picks up the girl to […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Every week, my kids and I go to the park so they can play with other kids in our homeschool group. One little eight year old boy is the envy of the group because he has a motorized scooter. He let my son try it out. […]