What 235 Parents Told Us About Gifting
We had aimed for 100 surveys in a week as a stretch goal and ended up with twice as many. When 75% of survey respondents answered the ‘other’ and ‘tell us what else about gifting’ questions, we knew we had struck a cord. One thing became clear. Gifting for kids is a topic that parents care deeply about.
Setting Up a 529 Plan? Consider These 4 Things
If you’re planning on saving for college, there’s no better account for your investments and savings than a 529 plan account. 529 plans grow without capital gains tax and often offer state tax deductions. Some plans even offer scholarships.
And just like 401Ks, the retirement account equivalent, setting up a 529 plan college savings account is fairly easy. All you’ll need to know is your basic personal information, how to get your state’s college savings tax benefits, how to choose an account, and how much you want to fund the account with.
We asked Betty Lochner, former Washington State 529 Plans Director and current Cornerstone Coaching and Training CEO, for her best tips for starting and funding a 529 plan.
3 Ways Children Can Explore Careers Through Arts & Crafts
Absolutely one of my favorite memories as a kid was making paper mache pots with my mom. We’d make household items and so much more for just a few dollars. I learned about finances, and my creativity allowed me to create just about anything. It was really the beginnings of an entrepreneurial mindset.
What’s On My Kid’s Wishlist: Not Dopamine
Building a wishlist, especially for my kid, is a daunting task. Not because I can’t think of what to include but because I can think of so many things. There is always that nagging doubt in my head: What about each of the knickknacks she has asked for? What if someone comes up with a better gift idea? Most importantly, what if I am missing the chance to expose her to this or that toy that is going to change the course of her life?!
From Math To Memory: Benefits of Music in Children
Plato believed that “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything,” yet less than 50% of kids in 4th to 6th can’t walk to the steady beat of music. In a competitive world we are often torn between taking our kids for baseball, swimming or piano lessons. If you are considering introducing your child to music…
7 Toddler Birthday Party Ideas That Will Make Your Little One
Your child’s first birthday might have been a mellow celebration with close family and friends, but now that they are getting older and more social, you might be looking for some more creative and fun toddler birthday party ideas.
- How to organize a great party while keeping it within your budget?
- How to make it fun for everybody without making it overwhelming?
- And most importantly, how to listen to your child’s preferences and needs to make sure they have a great time?
The Guide To Traveling With Toddlers
I am an avid traveler. I love the excitement of going to new places, trying new foods and finding some interesting local art to bring back that reminds me of my time there. But in the last couple of years after having kids, my enthusiasm for travel has waned a bit. I still love all the things from before but now just the thought of packing the right number of diapers, making sure I have the right amount of wipes, food, toys etc. dampens all that freedom and exhilaration I felt packing a carry-on bag and striding through security without a care in the world.
After years of travelling with my kids I am constantly trying to attain that level of travel of Nirvana, getting everything perfect before, during and after a flight. Here is the tip guide that covers everything from bags and boarding to tantrum mitigation on the road!
Super Eco-Friendly Ideas For Any Party
We spend all year sorting our trash, buying BPA free, carrying cloth bags for groceries. Then comes the party, when all our eco-friendliness goes out the window. Mostly because it can be cumbersome to think eco when we are rushing around trying to host a bunch of guests. Here are some easy tips to eco-fy your party:
Let’s Start With The Basics . . .
The Gift List: Modern Gifting Definitions
Finding presents for birthday parties is hard – so hard there’s a dictionary of slang terms for the process. Our “gift list” will help you talk the talk.