5 Ways To Teach Your Kids To Spend Wisely

Now that our daughter gets a weekly allowance, the most common verb that comes out of her mouth is BUY. Daddy, I’m going to BUY (insert latest craze that all the kids have) with my allowance. (Insert friend’s name) has 5 and they’re soooooo cute. Don’t you think they’re cute, Daddy? Um, yeah, I guess […]

Allowance, Saving, and Debt: Money Matters for Kids

Our 8 year old just got herself out of debt. On receiving her first weekly allowance since returning home from our summer holiday, she paid off the loan she had taken out while we were visiting Disneyland in July. Loan? Disneyland? Huh? Isn’t Disneyland supposed to be a fun place where kids immerse themselves in […]

Disneyland Paris on a Budget: Fantasy or Reality?

Disneyland Paris on a budget? You think I’m joking, right? In fact, you probably think that I’ve been hanging out in Fantasyland too long. 😉 OK, I’ll be the first to admit that Disneyland doesn’t really fit into the budget travel category, and some of our readers might even feel that it totally contradicts the […]

How To Use Technology To Teach Your Kids Delayed Gratification

We’ve all heard it: This is the “Me” generation, the era of “I want it, and I want it now”, the era of instant gratification. Yes, wherever we live in the world, there is almost no escape from the rapidly spreading global culture that offers a credit card in the wallet for every day of […]

Kids Menus: The Authoritative Restaurant Rating Tool

Michelin stars? Bah! The kids menu will tell you everything you want to know about the quality of an eating establishment. In our family, we have an unwritten rule: we don’t go out to a restaurant to eat garbage. Why would we? We don’t go out to eat often, so we all consider eating out […]

Olympic Sports: Lessons on Life and Culture for an Expat Kid

When I was a kid back in western Canada, winter sports were an integral part of my life. If we weren’t playing ice hockey or running moguls on the local ski hills, we were watching an NHL game or World Cup ski race on TV. Those athletes wearing the jerseys of our favourite team or […]

Investing For Our Kids: The Undeniable Power Of Time

They say that time heals all wounds. And when it comes to investing, it has incredible power to smooth out the bumps and produce healthy returns on your money – if you just give it a chance to work its magic. Just recently I was in a conversation with some friends at a party and […]

The “Make Your Own” Holiday Season

This morning I got up around dawn in order to have enough time to eat a leisurely breakfast before my 7:30 am tennis date. I really enjoy early mornings these days, as with two young kids it is the one time of day our house is quiet and I can have a bit of time […]

A Huge Toy Store With Nothing In It

Yesterday we went to a huge toy store with nothing in it. At least that was my daughter’s verdict after spending over 30 minutes looking for a toy. It reminded me of that old Bruce Springsteen song 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On) about the emptiness of cable TV, except this was more like 5700 Square Feet […]