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Top 10: Ways to Teach Kids about Money

Personal Finance Picture Book Series for Kids

This list (slightly paraphrased) is from Dr. Prakash Dheeriya, a professor of finance, who is the author of the Finance for Kidz series that teaches kids about money management, personal finance and planning for the future. Read more…

Top 10: Chapter Books with Activity to Get Boys to Read

Chapter Books with Activities for Boys Book Club

Some of my Mom Friends are dreading the summer reading requirements from school because their boys are not reading for pleasure yet.  So I put together this list that combines books with a related and fun activity as an incentive for  boys to read.  Yes, I believe in bribery.  It helps get kids over the hump to change their behavior on a temporary basis but that might be enough for them to realize that reading is fun. Read more…

Top 10: Best Middle School Books for Summer Reading

Best Books for Middle School Kids

A HUGE thank you to Capability:Mom for creating this list.  She knows Middle School children’s literature much better than I do — my oldest is 10-years-old so I’m slowly getting there.  She also blogs on children’s literature but skews a little older towards YA (Young Adult) as well as on cooking/baking and other topics of interest.  She is a library freak and volunteers at every library in town including both elementary, middle school and public library.  Needless to say, I picked an authority on the topic and am excited to read these books myself!  Thank you Capability:Mom!  Check out her blog for more books as well the Rainbow Cake saga… Read more…

Helping Kids Deal with Setbacks and Failure

Why Teaching Kids to be Resilient is So Important

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.”     Arnold Palmer Read more…

Meet My Friend, Capability:Mom, A Mom’s Guide to Everything

Meet Capability:Mom

I wanted you to meet my good friend, Capability:Mom, who is many things to me including my neighbor, my mother’s helper’s mother, my mother confessor for my mom crimes, my compadre in blogging as a founding member of my blogging group CoffeeShopBloggers.com, and my dear friend. Read more…

Top 10: Best Interfaith Jewish Children’s Books (ages 3- 16)

Best Books for Kids on Interfaith Jewish Books

In my neighborhood, interfaith Jewish families are not unusual and yet there is a real scarcity of books on this topic.  I searched online and then asked my local librarians when my original list wasn’t at my library to come up with this list.  I hope you enjoy it as much I did.  And I hope children of all faiths can read and discuss some of these books. Read more…

Support Your Child’s Passion (and The Dreamer)

Chapter Book The Dreamer Reminds Us to Support Our Child’s Passion

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  ~Josh Billings Read more…

One Free Chapter Book For Kids at Borders (ages 6-12)

Free Books for Kids from Borders

I was a Borders today just perusing, and came across their Summer Reading Program.  It’s great and this is how it works: Read more…

What Harvard Thinks of AP Classes

How to Get Into Harvard or Other Top College

Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught. George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English statesman and author. Read more…