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105 Low-Spend Bored Jar Ideas for Kids (+ Free Printables)

“I’m bored!:” a dreaded phrase for many parents.  Between summertime and social distancing, it’s easy for kids to start feeling bored or like they’re running out ways to occupy their time. That’s where a bored jar comes in. As the name suggests, a bored jar is a place children can go to find inspiration for

18 At-Home Staycation Ideas for Every Couple (+ Free Printables)

Looking for a break from the everyday, but don’t have the time (or the budget) for a weekend getaway? A staycation could be the budget-friendly — but still indulgent — break you’re looking for.  Just like the name implies, a staycation is a break from reality that you can enjoy from the comfort of your

How to Create a DIY At-Home Summer Camp (+ Free Printables)

Summer camps provide great opportunities for children to get outside, explore their surroundings, and learn how to survive in the wild — or just have fun and socialize. There are plenty of options for day and sleepaway camps in many different parts of the country.  However, some of these camps can be cost-prohibitive. Prices range

Celebrate Mother’s Day By Making A Family Tree (+ Free Printables!)

As Mother’s Day approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on the importance of family. Family — blood or chosen — ties us together and helps us develop meaningful relationships with the world around us.  But what should you do if you want to learn more about your family history? A family tree is a great place

Survey: Majority of Americans don’t think it’s necessary to ask for permission to post a child’s photo — despite the risks

It isn’t uncommon to scroll through social media and see a new mom posting photos of her baby, or a few shots of a family’s vacation. As social media has integrated itself into nearly every part of our lives, many are inclined to post photos of their day-to-day –– and for parents, that includes their

Coronavirus and Your Kids

The news can be scary for grownups. But for children, who may struggle to understand what’s happening, it can be terrifying. They’re hearing about death counts and quarantines. Their routines, interactions, and schedules may be in chaos. But honesty and information management on the part of parents can help kids maintain a sense of safety

The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Managing Stress and Finances

Caring for aging parents and young children can be extremely rewarding, but the act itself can be challenging — especially when caring for both at once. As life expectancy increases and millennials struggle to achieve financial independence from their parents, an increasing number of middle-aged individuals find themselves in the difficult situation of having to

Creative Ways to Celebrate Your New Home + Free Printables!

Making the jump from landlords and leases to mortgage payments and maintenance is huge, especially considering just 36.8% of millennials own a home. Those who take the plunge get to enjoy the freedom of being their own landlord, along with the joy of having something that is all their own. What comes after the papers

10 Life Lessons for Kids They Won’t Learn In School

The most important lessons in life often aren’t the ones we learn in a classroom. Check out these 10 lessons kids won’t learn in school—and how to teach them.

58 Memory Jar Ideas and Printables to Capture Your Family’s Special Moments

Think back to the day you met your partner. Do you remember what you ate? What you talked about? What made you laugh? Or, how about when you sent your little one off to school? How did you feel? What surprised you?  Often, we hold onto the big memories associated with the people we love

64 Open When Letter Ideas For Your Kids (+Printables)

As parents, we want to be there for every school play, lost tooth, and upset stomach our kids have. These moments, both big and small, become treasured memories that last far beyond the terrible twos or rebellious teen years. Building close relationships with our family even makes us healthier by reducing stress, increasing happiness, and

21 Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Kids: The Complete List [Printables]

Nearly everyone grows up road tripping with their family or friends. Whether those times are filled with laughter or disaster, road trips are the perfect time to bond. Prepare for your next fun-filled adventure to make the experience even more special. Most families still love to put the airport idea on the back burner, opting

Do Stay-At-Home Moms Need Life Insurance?

These days, many news outlets constantly discuss the continuing rise of two-income households where both parents work, leaving the children in daycare or with extended family. In reality, recent years have seen a rise in the number of mothers who stay home to take care of their children. In 2012, nearly 30% of mothers stayed

10 Things We all Learned in School Instead of What Life Insurance Is

10 Things We all Learned in School Instead of What Life Insurance Is Knowledge is power. And sometimes knowledge is puzzling. When you leave school behind and head out into the world, it’s good to have a head full of facts. It would also be nice to know how to file taxes, apply for life

30 Gratitude Games and Activities for Kids to Practice Thankfulness

Gratitude is a transformative power backed by science. Practicing gratitude can improve our health, help us build deep and lasting relationships, and has even been linked to a longer, more fulfilling life. One study showed that practicing gratitude is linked with an uptick in weekly exercise and it can increase our happiness by 25%! These

12 Things Your Kids Don’t Want to Inherit

  As a parent, you think a lot about what you’ll leave your children. A strong moral compass, a healthy planet, or even a little bit (or a lot) of money. But also, you’ve got a lot of stuff your kids probably don’t want to inherit. Let us explain.  Dolls. That doll collection brought you

What to Do When a Family Pet Dies: Teaching Kids About Grief

There’s no question that your pet is a member of the family, especially in the eyes of your child. For some little ones, your family cat, dog, hamster, or fish has been with them since day one. They’ve built their lives around caring for them and know them as part of the family. Helping children

11 Family Activities and Printables to Promote Health

No parent wants their child to be unhealthy, yet youth obesity rates are nearing 20% from ages 2–19. With fast food and distractions everywhere we turn, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. Even worse, it’s almost too easy to let our children develop bad habits as well. Fortunately, there are always steps you can

Regular Money Dates Create Happier Relationships

Dim the lights. Pop the champagne. Pick up a bouquet of your partner’s favorite flowers, or perhaps a box of chocolates. You’re all ready for a nice hot…money conversation?  Yup, that’s right, we’re talking about a money date – a fun, romantic evening where you discuss the important topic of money management together. If you

Daycare Bootcamp: What to Look for in a Daycare

What to Look for in a Daycare When you become a parent you know you’re signing up for a lot of responsibility, expenses, and stress. You read all the right books, browse parenting blogs, and prepare for this moment. Look at you! Then a short while later it happens — you need to know what

12 Helpful Podcasts for New Parents

With parenthood on the horizon, you’re probably feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: excitement, anxiety, nerves, contentment, and giddiness, just to name a few. New parents experience a whirlwind of sensations and preparations that seasoned parents are used to. The initial stages of having a child (feeling the baby kick, holding their teeny hand, and

The Ultimate Parental Leave Checklist to Help You Plan Your Departure

According to the National Partnership for Women and Family, about 90 million workers in the U.S. are covered for parental leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). While women are more likely to take a leave from work, the number of new fathers taking time off is on the rise. Hooray for more baby

The Complete Financial Checklist for First Time Parents

As an expectant parent, you’re at the start of one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys of your life. But let’s be real: you’re still totally allowed to feel overwhelmed. We know there’s a lot on your plate: setting appointments, telling family, picking a name… and probably a few extra servings of stress dessert.

The Ultimate Estate Planning Guide: Leaving Your Home to Your Children

Any parent will admit that raising kids is no easy task: From helping your children with their school work to planning dinner each day of the week, your schedule is packed! With all the hustle and bustle taking up your time, it’s likely that the last thing on your mind is estate planning for your

Financial Advice For Moms: 10 Tips to Help You Get Ahead

There’s really no experience comparable to motherhood. It changes your life forever and it also changes your finances. Let’s face it, kids are awesome, but they aren’t necessarily cheap. Becoming a mother adds more responsibility to your plate as you have another life to support financially and emotionally. Not to mention, women statistically trail behind

The Complete Guide to Money Management for Single Parents

As a single parent, raising a child takes discipline, courage, and patience. Not only are you expected to teach your child how to behave and interact with others; you must also provide for them financially. No matter how stable your career, this can be a significant challenge. Being the sole provider of your household, it’s

How to Help Aging Parents with Money Management and Finances: A Complete Guide

As your parents age, you may notice a decline in their ability to handle their finances. This natural side effect of aging is common among adults as they venture further into their 60s and 70s. The degree of cognitive decline can vary dramatically between seniors, but in many cases, it’s only a matter of time

End-of-Life Planning for Families and Seniors: How to Start the Conversation

End-of-life planning is a difficult topic for many families to discuss. Millennial parents may be hesitant to have the conversation with their loved ones, because it’s hard to envision a life without them or they’re not sure how they will react to a serious conversation about their health. For aging seniors, it can be equally

Financial Planning for a Child with Special Needs: A Guide

Raising a child with special needs can be one of the richest experiences life has to offer, but it is also one of the most costly. According to Autism Speaks, raising a child with autism costs on average $60,000 a year. Of course, this figure varies depending on the type and severity of your child’s

Life Insurance After Divorce

Divorces can be tough. While things can seem like they’re falling apart, there’s also the opportunity to rebuild and protect your family’s financial future. As you consider the potential need for alimony, child support payments, and dividing up assets, you also need to think about life insurance. 88% of Americans agree that long-term financial prosperity

Life Insurance Beneficiaries: How to Protect Your Loved Ones

Life insurance is probably at the top of the list of uncomfortable topics to think about. So talking about it with your loved ones? That is a conversation most people want to avoid. Life insurance and beneficiaries go hand in hand. If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t start thinking about life insurance until

Can Pregnant Women Buy Life Insurance?

If you’re pregnant, or planning to get pregnant in the near future, there are probably a million things on your mind. In addition to all of the planning for your new baby, you may have an extensive financial to-do list, too. It’s no surprise that expecting mothers research life insurance options. In fact, 33% of

Life Insurance for Moms: Why Six-Figure Parenting Needs Six-Figure Coverage

Let’s be honest, sometimes thinking about the positives might be the only way to keep your sanity. However, there’s one thought you shouldn’t ignore: What would your family do if you were gone? Out of sight, out of mind, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the way life (or life insurance) works. The truth is, it’s important

New Parent Checklist: 5 Financial Must-Dos Before Baby Arrives

You know the song. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage — and a whole slew of new financial responsibilities. (Ok, we added that last part.) When a baby is on the way, there are a lot of things that new parents are worried about. Birthing plans, cribs, car