There comes a certain age in your child’s life when they start doing stuff, at least a few, on their own. This can start with walking and eating to being able to study the things around them. When such an age is reached, parents must start to plan their education. Today, there are multiple platforms that offer kids an extremely fun way to learn. Kindergarten happens to be that first step where parents admit their child for his or her bright future.
In kindergarten, there are different levels where children of different age groups are admitted. Then accordingly, their levels are upgraded based on the skills they develop. Their learning of how to strengthen their social skills, understand the surroundings and many more plays a major role in the same. The programs and eligibility may differ from one kindergarten to another even in the same region. Hence, it is always wise that you do good research on the same first and only then get an admission for your child.
What Skills to Expect from your Child in Kindergarten?
Throughout the session in a kindergarten, your child will be busy with activities and lessons of a wide background. Each study contributes towards enhancing and developing him or her for both his personal and professional fronts. So, here are the 5 changes that you can expect from your kid who has started or will start going to the kindergarten:
Reading Skills: You may not expect your child to be very fluent in reading words, but you will be proud to find how he or she recognizes them easily. They will learn word families, letter sounds and rhyme one word with another.
Behavior Skills: Almost every kindergarten teaches its students to improve their behavioral skills. The professionals at Montessori suggest this study to be a significant factor in shaping the different stages of a child’s life. They learn how to speak when in public areas, how to respond to elders, the importance of sharing and in the later stage, handle conflicts.
Healthy Habits: The basics of how to keep the body healthy and the various steps to be taken in the day-to-day lives are taught. A few examples for this include brushing teeth twice a day, washing hands with soap and water and drying hands using clean towels. There’s No Greater Wealth Than Your Family’s Health
Environmental Skills: Children are taught the significance of valuing Mother Nature. Teachers in kindergartens introduce students with multiple activities such as planting seeds, watering them and so on. Additionally, they are also given simple tasks of caring for the plants they sowed till they grow into a decent size for the next steps.
Social Skills: The social skills of children differ greatly from each other. While some are introverts, there are others who are ambiverts and also extroverts. In kindergarten, children are taught the skills to socialize with people of their own age as well as elders.
To conclude, kindergarten is the first and major step towards sculpting your child’s future. Hence, you must ensure finding the right school for your child and do complete research on the same. Now is the time to start shopping and start preparing. Back-to-School Buying Guide: Top 5 Items to Save Money on This YearRead more
Do you want to learn how to make money? I'm not just talking about from your job. I'm talking about a side business or side hustle.
You can make money doing these things online, from home, and even with an injury or disability. After all, it's tough out there. We all need ways to bring in more income and we want to know how to make money fast.
Consider Steve Chou from My Wife Quit Her Job. He and his wife, Jennifer, started a few online businesses generating six figures. There first was an online store.
This was all centered around Steve's desire to learn how to make money (and more of it) to support their lifestyle so his wife could stay at home with their children. She was making six figures from her and losing that would be quite the blow.
In all honesty, that is part of the reason I started this blog. I wanted to allow my wife to stay at home with our son (and now daughter as well). It wasn't a decision we took lightly, but learning ways to make more money online has helped ease the financial pressure significantly.
We explore how to make money online (and offline) today based on research of my own and contributions from others. I hope you enjoy it and let us know if you have any questions.Read more
People that pay off debt do two things very well:
First, they create a budget to understand where their money is going.
Second, they find ways to make money or increase their income to pay off debt faster.
If you need to learn how to make money and pay off debt this year, you've come to the right place.
Let's face it:
Things are hard once you reach adulthood.
You're trying to build a life for yourself and family. It's not as easy as we think.
Lay offs happen. Incomes don't always rise. Expenses just keep piling up.
And, for many, those darn student loan bills never go away.
If you keep wondering how you're going to pay off debt with no money or with a low income, you're in luck. Today, we're going to show you not only how to get rid of the debt, but budget your money for the long-term.
Then, we're going to also help you realize your ability to make more money to pay off debt, save, and live the life you want for your family. Sound like a plan?
Let's start paying off debt and making some more money then. Shall we?Read more
How much money are you saving for retirement?
Yes, that's the age old personal finance and money question if there ever was one. We all want to be given "the number" to shoot for and desire to know how close (or how far) we are to that target.
If you're like my wife and I, you wonder whether you are doing it right or not. You are constantly discussing money matters over dinner or during a long car ride.
Maybe you worry about how you will be able to afford your own home. If you do own a home, you may worry about having enough money for the mortgage each month.
Then, there's saving for children. You need clothes, food, diapers, toys, and who knows what else. One day, you will want to send them to college. So, there is saving for that.
Finally, you probably don't want to work for the rest of your life. I know I don't. So, you need to plan for retirement somehow. However, that seems so far off and you just put off doing anything about it.
So, depending on your situation, you are likely asking yourself one of two questions. If you aren't saving, you will want to know how you can get started. On the other hand, if you are saving, you will want to know if you're saving enough.
In order to answer those questions, you have to know your goals and understand the process to achieve them. You also have to make sure you are budgeting properly by using an app like Personal Capital and know your numbers.
Saving money is not a one-size fits all concept. Sure, there are guidelines and we will discuss some of those. But, you need to customize these guidelines to fit your lifestyle and your family's end game.Read more
If you’re looking to invest in a vacation home, it may be a good idea to look into beach homes. Beachfront properties, or those close to the ocean, never go out of style. Don’t limit yourself to the United States, either—as more and more people travel and book vacation rental homes, you could end up making a big profit from renting out your place. Below, we list some of the best waterfront destinations to own real estate around the world—check them out!Read more
Think about this:
Where would you be now financially if you never made a mistake with your money?
Would you be financially free?
Could you leave your job?
Would you have a better life without debt?
In today's contributed post, we're going to explore common money mistakes to avoid this year and beyond. Think about the impact avoiding money mistakes earlier in life can do for you in the long-term.
Then, we're going to show you a few ways you can prevent further money mistakes in the future.
If you're the type of person who likes to plan ahead, this post is for you.
Let's get to it.Read more
Have you always wanted a whiteboard in your office or kids' playroom, but didn't know how to make it happen? Well, we have 5 super simple DIY whiteboard tutorials that can give you that coveted whiteboard this weekend.
You just a few things to get started and a little time -- and you can get this done quickly. Check out the whiteboard tutorials below and create that space for your ideas, goals, or kids' artwork.
Looking for awesome eats for your fantasy football draft party?
With the excitement of another football season comes the pastime of the fantasy football draft. And with the fantasy football draft comes (if you do it right) a kickass party everyone looks forward to each year.
Now, whether you're a man or woman and no matter if you have a family or not, I've compiled a great list of delicious food for your party. I mention family because not everyone is lucky enough to get an entire night away for a fantasy football draft. So, these awesome eats for your fantasy football draft party will be a hit with the kids as well!
Time to eat up! And, hey, make sure you do your research on your picks too.
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What's on NFL players' workout playlists? That's a question many football fans have it seems. We enjoy having a connection with our 'heroes' and it can be exciting to share a common bond (no matter how small).
In that vain, I did a little research to find some of the top songs on NFL players' workout playlists. We have the likes of John Jenkins, J.J. Watts, D.J. Fluker, Audie Cole, Richard Sherman, Terrance Knighton, Von Miller, Brandon McManus, Dane Fletcher, Chandler Jones, and even Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
Now, picture this. You're in the off season or training camp, pumping iron or doing conditioning runs. Or you're about to come out of the tunnel to thousands of screaming fans on any given Sunday.
Pick that song below that will pump YOU up!Read more
How would you like to save $1,000 fast? We are all looking for ways to save more money to fund family trips, our own retirement one day, and the kids' college fund. That's why today I'm sharing some life hacks to save money quickly. These are things we all can do to bring in extra money or stop spending money in certain areas.
Before we dive in, tell me if this sounds anything like you. You’re constantly trying to pay the bills and have just enough to cover the necessities each month.
Your monthly visitor, the credit card bill, loves dropping by or sending you emails to remind you how long you will be BFFs. Student loans continue to be an albatross around your neck and there really is no end in sight.
Sure, you want to save money and put your family in a better financial position, but every time you get a little momentum, SOMETHING ELSE goes wrong. And it’s … here we go again!
I get it. I know it sucks and I’ve been there countless times. Heck, Anna and I still run into problems and struggle with our budget. I’m right there with you and I’m by no means perfect.
That said, I have learned a thing or two about saving, budgeting, and making money. So, let me share some of those ideas, tips, techniques, and methods with you. This is not an exhaustive list, so if you want to chime in please do so in the comments.Read more