Talk to your kids about money or they'll develop their own, false theories. When family finances change for better or for worse - with bank balances seeming to cause sickness and those reflecting sudden health - it would seem responsible parenting to protect our kids from the details. Why should they worry or - even worse - begin boasting about their family's [...]
Aging parents: there could be help for paying those bills. It's our turn to care for them - our aging parents - and while many of us are fine with the responsibility, some of us short on the funds. Here's your financial break: many of our parents will qualify for help for paying cell phone bills, energy bills, medical bills and prescription drugs. Telephone and [...]
Over-parenting, say researchers, is expensive and ineffective. Hands-on parenting is a good thing, right? Right! We didn’t have these kids so they could raise themselves, did we? No we did not. That’s why we’re only too happy to cultivate their every interest and — while we’re at it — introduce them to impressionism, [...]
Quantitative Easing is the same concept as maintaining your weight. The idea of Economic Policy is not much different to the idea of maintaining the perfect weight. In theory, we’d always fit into our jeans because human bodies are designed to become hungry only when they need fuel or nutrients. When they're full, our [...]
Unemployment affects the community - including parks and schools. Unemployment - for you - may seem far away. But even if you are enjoying the money that's deposited directly into your bank account like magic - only the stressful kind with bosses and deadlines and alarm clocks - other peoples' job losses could become your problem. [...]
You can check homework all day, the economy doesn't care. We know very well a person doesn't get paid for parenting, but you'd think the meals we cook and the homework we check would at least raise our standards of living. Nope. To measure the greatness of peoples' lives, economists use a number called Gross Domestic Product. It's [...]
Of course you should have a another child! Babies are cuddly and they smell good after baths. But if you're determined to make your decision based on economics - not emotions - here's what you need to know.