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Start Preparing Your Children Early

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 21, 2015 | Categories: Education, Financial, Parenting

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With the way the world is constantly changing it is important that your children be well prepared to survive in the world. As a parent it is your duty to make sure that your children have the proper knowledge, skills and wisdom to be able to make sound decisions and take care of themselves.

With the way the economy shifts, providing a solid foundation in financial literacy is critical. Below are a few tips to get them started early on the road to financial success.

Piggy Banks and Budgets

Though your children may not have to worry about Charlotte insurance and other common household expenses just yet, it is important that they understand the importance of budgeting.

Many parents invest in the cute piggy banks that sit on the children’s dressers or night stands and allow them to utilize their money when they please. However, few parents explain the concepts of saving and spending money. Take some time to discuss the purpose behind a piggy bank with your children and make sure that they understand the importance of keeping money saved and spending funds wisely.

Role Play

A great way to enforce the information that you share and discuss with your children is through role play. For example, in helping your children fully understand budgeting you can have them pick out an item that they want to purchase with their money.

Help them or have them to count out the money that they have and figure out how much more they would need for their desired item. Allow them to decide when and how they will be able to afford the purchase. This hands-on, thought provoking approach can help them to fully grasp the concept.

Quality Education

Studies have shown that children who partake in early intervention, or quality education at a young age, are better prepared to succeed in life. As such, it is important that you secure the best possible education for your child. This does not necessarily mean a private school; there are quality public schools that provide advance curriculum. Do your research to find the best schools in your area.

If you find the cost to be a bit expensive, inquire about possible scholarships that the school may offer. Along with the education the child receives at school, it is critical that you nurture the child’s learning at home as well.

Encourage Problem Solving

In finances and life in general, children will face issues that they will have to solve. With today’s popcorn society it is not uncommon for children to look for quick fixes rather than thinking through their problems and finding lasting resolutions. Therefore, it is the parents’ job to make sure that their children actively engage in thoughtful problem solving processes.

This will not only help the children in financial situations, but will train them to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.

These are just a few ideas to help prepare your child for success early on in life. Money is a driving force in society today, and children with an understanding of proper financial dealings will be able to properly support themselves financially. Look to employ these and other tactics with your children to secure their future achievements.

Best Buy Education Sweepstakes @BestBuyEdu #BestBuyEducationEntry

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 18, 2015 | Categories: Education
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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Education is near and dear to me. I always loved school, from Kindergarten through college (with the exception of maybe two courses). I LOVE teachers! My fourth grade teacher still makes […]

The Confidence to Go Commando with Cottonelle – Plus it’s Good for You #GoCommando

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Health and Fitness
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I had my annual gynecology appointment a couple of weeks ago and although I always dread them, I’m glad it’s done for another year and there’s no problems. My doctor told me something while I was sitting in my gorgeous paper gown all commando…. I should go commando more often. Okay, I have heard this […]

The Stork OTC Helping Couples Get Pregnant #TheStorkOTC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 16, 2015 | Categories: Family and Health, Health and Fitness, Marriage, Pregnancy
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This post is brought to you by The Stork OTC and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Before I got pregnant with my son, I really thought I might not ever have children. Up until I was in my thirties, I thought I didn’t even want kids. Because of some hereditary information I learned […]

Save Money on Dry Cleaning with the SWASH System at Best Buy #SwashatBestBuy

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 15, 2015 | Categories: Home and Garden
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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. When I shop for clothes, I rarely buy anything that is dry clean only anymore. Dry cleaning bills can really get pricey, so I just avoid it when I can. I […]

Summer Time Salads with Suddenly Salad + $15 Cash Giveaway #SuddenlySalad

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Coupons, Food, Giveaways, Recipes
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It’s spring, but it feels more like summer here already with temps in the upper 80s and low 90s this week. I’m not complaining (not yet, anyway), but it seems like we went straight from winter to summer. One thing I love eating in the summer (or when the temps are warm) is salads. I […]

Help Support March of Dimes this Father’s Day #imbornto

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 11, 2015 | Categories: Charities, Family and Health, Health and Fitness, Shopping
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation with TheMotherhood. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you information about the March of Dimes #imbornto […]

$250 COACH Gift Card Giveaway Ends 5/28

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 8, 2015 | Categories: Giveaways

I love Coach bags! But I was always too frugal to buy them. Then about 3 years ago, I stopped in the Coach outlet store in Pigeon Forge and bought one at a really great deal. I was hooked. I’m still frugal, but I think sometimes we should pamper ourselves. And you do get what […]

I’m Inspired with All The Above Clothing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Fashion, Shopping
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I received a product to facilitate my review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. I’m inspired by my son, my husband, my mom and dad, my […]

Recovery Unplugged: Rehab with Music @RecoveryUnplugd #RecoveryMusic

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Health and Fitness, Music
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I received compensation from Recovery Unplugged for this sponsored post, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. I’ve seen addiction up close. It’s not pretty. It’s heart-wrenching. You feel helpless and the person addicted feels out of control. There are so many reasons people become addicted, from being in an […]