How to start 2018 off on the right financial foot

This expert guide features helpful tips and quick wins so you can accomplish your best financial year yet. This is your year.

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Should you tell your kids how much you make?

Often, when children ask blunt questions about wanting toys, seeing bigger homes, or being rich or poor, they’re dismissed as being “impolite” or told it’s “none of their business” instead of getting a truthful answer. This sets a lesson that money is a topic to be avoided or that it’s rude to seek out financial information that they’re curious about. One of the biggest financial lessons we can teach our children is how to budget responsibly and realistically. By the time a child is in their early teens, they should be more than capable of doing the basic math involved with household budgeting.

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The financial responsibilities you’re forgetting to teach your children

As parents, it’s our job to protect, provide for, and educate our children. Whether it’s teaching them how to hold a pencil correctly, to respect their elders, to parallel park a car, or the ins and out of financial management, the onus is on us to send our children into the world well-rounded and prepared for what they’re about to encounter.

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Millennial Parents Are Dedicated to Raising Well-Rounded Kids At Any Cost

Millennials are – or are about to become – parents.

Actually, 9,000 per day if you’re keeping score at home.

So, how are we doing so far?

Good question.

Haven Life surveyed parents (with children ages 0-5) to find out what they are prioritizing when raising Generation Alpha.

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How to teach your kids about money

As someone who is experiencing the joys of sharing a living space with a toddler (and sharing my physical body with another tiny, growing human), I know first hand the exhaustion that we experience as parents. Of course, there’s the adventures, fun, cute memories and things they say, but at this stage in life, being routinely tired is a part of every day.

This exhaustion can make it easy to think that there are lessons we can skip over, push to a later date, or trust that our children will simply “pick up” on their own without our guidance. The topic this most often occurs with? Money.

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Everything you didn’t realize you need to budget for when you have kids

If you’ve made the commitment to start or grow your family, chances are you know the excitement, stress, joy, and fear that come along with the decision. These feelings are closely followed by an array of questions regarding your finances and how to raise a child in general, that never seem to disappear.

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Financials Moves Gen-Xers Should Be Making Now

Hey, Gen-Xer. Feel like no one’s paying attention to you?

If you think it’s all about Baby Boomers and Millennials, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014, Gen-Xers are indeed the neglected middle child.

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7 Things You Can Do Now to Solidify Your Child’s Financial Future

If you have kids, or are considering having them, you’ve likely started thinking about what that will mean for your finances. But have you thought about how you can help your kids become prepared for their own financial future? There are plenty of things parents can do now to help set their kids down the right path financially. Here are a few.

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FSA or Tax Credit: Which Should You Tap to Save on Child Care?

Children are expensive. With so many costs for health insurance, doctor appointments, clothing, food, activities, toys, and more, by the time you are ready to get back to work, the childcare costs can blindside you.

But, did you know that you can deduct the cost of childcare to save on your taxes? Through the Childcare Tax credit or by utilizing your employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account, you could save big on taxes.

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Keep Your Non-Traditional Wedding Non-Traditional

As love is in the air, thanks to Saint Valentine, it’s a good time to think about same-sex weddings and the pressures to stick to traditional wedding norms.

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