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parenting“Do what I say and not what I do” is something too many kids can hear when growing up. And if not in those words, then in their parents’ actions.

Speeding, swearing, not exercising and poor money habits are bad examples that parents can set without realizing it.

Some parenting “fails” teach children about money — but in bad way. Here are some parenting “fails” that parents can turn around to teach their children about money:

Bad parenting impulse buys

Some impulse purchases can be fun. An ice cream treat after a tough week at school or a movie out as a way to break up the monotony of staying home too many nights can be  worthwhile motivators for kids to do better in school or at least be a fun break.

But if you can’t afford them, or spend too much on an expensive impulse buy — such as the latest technological gadget that you’ve coveted for months — then it can show a lack of restraint in how you shop.

Even small impulse buys, if made often, can show your child that it’s OK to buy something without giving it much thought and that you get what you want. But small purchases add up, and a better lesson would be to give up such purchases and put that money aside in a vacation fund for the whole family to enjoy the benefits of giving up short-term joys for long-term planning of a family vacation.

Every parent has probably had their child ask for a candy bar or something while waiting at the grocery checkout line. Telling them no can be difficult, but it beats raising a child who thinks they’re entitled to everything they see. ...continue reading

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babyHaving a baby girl has been a wonderful blessing for us. As we’re settling into her 3rd month, we’re constantly surprised at how quickly she’s growing.

When we found out we were expecting, my husband and I decided that we were going to set aside some money to cover baby expenses.

If you’re in the same boat, I hope this helps you find the right amount for your family.

Why We Saved Up for the Baby

We’ve been comfortable with our emergency fund/savings in general, but we wanted to step it up. We’re now trying to be a bit more conservative -having a full six months of essential expenses tucked away makes us feel a bit more comfortable.

Between diapers, baby gear, and unexpected baby expenses, we wanted some peace of mind knowing that we can cover these bills as they come.

Though we expect some expenses to go decrease (less eating out for example), we want to play it safe and assume in our estimates that we’ll see an overall increase as we get adjusted to being parents. ...continue reading