Kids and Money

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. […]

The following post is by staff writer Melissa Batai “Mom, I HAVE to have these jeans. The other ones look cheap, and all the other kids are wearing these jeans.” “Why can’t I have a phone? All of my other friends have phones!” If you’re the parent of a tween or teen, you may hear […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Debbie and John have one child, Jessica, who is 28. Jessica has a degree in art, and she’s working as a secretary. She makes a relatively small salary and has trouble making ends meet. Debbie happily gives Jessica $75 every week for groceries as well as […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai When I was a teenager, I, like many in my generation, spent my free time at the mall.  This usually happened on Saturday.  I worked during the week and the weekend babysitting, and on Saturday, I blew my money at the mall. When I was in […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai When I was 18, I went off to college.  I came back a semester later to attend the community college.  I lived at home free and clear while I attended school full-time and worked part-time as a tutor.  Two years later, I transferred to a university […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai I was listening to NPR a few months ago, and they were featuring a family with 4 kids.  Each kid was involved in multiple extracurricular activities.  In fact, the family never sat down together to eat because each parent was always shuffling one or more kids to […]

6 Childcare Options for Working Parents

by TTMK on October 7, 2013 · 9 comments

A generation ago, the question of what to do for childcare was more simple one than it is today.  Mothers stayed home with kids.  Sure, there were some alternate arrangements.  However, when kids were young, their mother was home to raise them in a majority (but not all) cases. Today, our society is clearly different.  There are […]

Advancing Past Child-Like Views on Money

by TTMK on September 9, 2013 · 3 comments

So I was at the bank recently with my son, having to deposit a check.  Which, in itself, is a rarity.  How often do you get paper checks anymore? The drive-up wasn’t working so I actually went into the bank.  The last time I actually set foot in this bank was probably 3 or 4 […]

The following post is by staff writer Melissa Batai When I was young, there was a family a few houses down from my friend who homeschooled.  I thought, “Well, that’s weird.”  I’m sad to say, even a year ago when I heard that one of my son’s classmates was going to get homeschooled, I thought, “Well, […]