It’s hard to know where to start when teaching children financial responsibility. Luckily, teaching positive messages about money doesn’t take much. You can teach your children emotion-neutral language for money, to use money as a tool, curb spending, save for...
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Remember the old work-life balance ideal? That place of stability and equilibrium so many of us once aspired to? We were building a sense of purpose in our futures back then, honing our skills, while at the same time...
Have you ever performed that agonizing, but totally necessary task of auditing your personal finances? I don't mean just the big ticket items and expenditures, but right down to the nitty-gritty, the dollars spent on coffee shop runs, gas...
When I say the word homeschool, what image does it conjure up for you? For me it’s a picture of smiling kids sitting around the kitchen table, painting with watercolors while drinking raw cow’s milk from their mason jars...
In the fall of 2007 I went on maternity leave, and never returned to work. My salary would barely cover the cost of daycare, and I truly wanted to stay home and raise my kids. So I settled down...
With the summer in full-swing, I am finding time to reflect on the crazy year we just survived. Last fall I went back to work as a teacher after having two kids. After the birth of my son in...
A life with three wonderful boys… It’s not easy being a mom of three. It’s a full-time career. Add to that the job of being a passionate wife, and let me tell you it’s hard but totally rewarding! I have...
Dear Portland, I can barely afford you. We may need to break up. Look, I love you. Like, you changed my life at 15 when I moved here with zero self esteem and no personality. I even left for a while...

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