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How to Talk to your Middle School and High School Kids About Money

On TODAY this morning, I went over how to talk to your middle- and high-schoolers about money. One money management key for kids? Provide an allowance that corresponds with exactly what you expect them to pay for — like entertainment, gas or clothes.

 

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How to Teach Your Kids the Value of Money From an Early Age

On TODAY this morning, I talked tips for raising a money-savvy kid with JJ Ramberg. Hint: Kids need to see cold, hard cash. Help them set up three jars for saving, spending and giving.

 

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The Smart Talk To Have

Smart-Talk_15 yrs Do you worry about your kids online? Why am I asking – of course you do. And you should. According to the Pew Research Center, 92% of teens are online daily, with 24% of them online almost constantly. I’d have to say my kids, both of whom are now in college, have had periods where they qualify as the latter. That’s why, over the years, we’ve had many discussions about what constitutes good behavior, safe behavior, responsible behavior.  (more…)

4 ways you can prevent iTunes spending sprees

laptopIf you’re ready to set your phone so that your kids’ iTunes spending will never take you by surprise, I outlined the steps you need to take on Today.com. Continue reading here.

Come on over! At Home with TODAY

As part of the “At Home with TODAY” series, I invited TODAY over for a tour of my home. See the full feature on Today.com.

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Money Sense on Fortune

gradShould you refinance your student loan? The answer has changed in recent months. In this week’s Fortune column I highlight the recent deals from both bank and non-bank lenders that can save both students (who hold Stafford loans with fixed rates ranging from 3.86% to 6.8%) and their parents (who hold PLUS loans with fixed rates between 6.41% and 8.5%) some decent money.

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Share Awesome Contest

Awesomeness is all around us. At least that’s how it appeared during a recent #ShareAwesome Twitter party. For an hour, 140 character stories of kindness to the homeless, to people in hospitals and neighbors in need, to kids left out on the fringe pored into the twitterverse – some accompanied by pictures, one more heartening than the next. Judging by the speed at which she was retweeted @caraleeball said it best when she tweeted, “so hate to see this party end…love talking about kindness and caring #shareawesome.”

What’s the fuss all about?  Believe it or not, digital safety. That and the fact that kids and teens do awesome things on a daily basis – and that they should be able to tell their friends, BFFs and the rest of their social networks in a safe way that parents approve of.  (more…)

New Beginnings Part Two

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Times of transition – think: getting married, having a baby, moving into a new home, even getting divorced – are noted for being exciting and daunting, energizing and exhausting. They can make us stressed-out and blissed-out simultaneously. But did you know they also change (and sometimes increase) your risk of falling prey to identity fraud?

Truth be told, neither did I. But some surprising new research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of LifeLock shows that’s exactly what happens. By understanding how these life shifts impact your vulnerability, you also give yourself the opportunity to mount a good offense during these transitional times. Here, the highlights of the research and what you should do next.

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New Beginnings Part One

Work life balance conceptTimes of transition – think: getting married, having a baby, moving into a new home, even getting divorced – are noted for being exciting and daunting, energizing and exhausting. They can make us stressed-out and blissed-out simultaneously. But did you know they also change (and sometimes increase) your risk of falling prey to identity fraud?

Truth be told, neither did I. But some surprising new research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of LifeLock shows that’s exactly what happens. By understanding how these life shifts impact your vulnerability, you also give yourself the opportunity to mount a good offense during these transitional times. Here, the highlights of the research and what you should do next.

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The Death of Bake Sales on Morning Joe

This morning I chatted with Leigh Gallagher on the demise of U.S. bake sales in schools. See what we had to say on Morning Joe:

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