An Open Letter to My Children and Grandchildren

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To my Children and my Grandchildren, Following are some of life’s lessons – learned (sometimes poorly) by me along the road winding through my 65 years on earth.

Build Memories and Spend Less on Your Grandchildren this Summer

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Today’s grandparents are notorious for spoiling their beloved grand-kids. Today’s grand-kids are notorious for being glued to a screen. Spend less, and pry the kids away from those screens by doing some of these activities to build face time with yours.

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Baby Week: Resources for Grandparents + Free 100 Things To Do With Grandchildren Manual

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Grandparenthood Can Be Expensive!

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We spoiled our children and we apparently are even more intent on doing so with our grandchildren! My parents were somewhat more interactive with their grandchildren (my kids). Why are we spending more on our grandchildren?

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Four Things I Learned When I Became a Grandparent

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Here are four things I learned after having grandchildren. My Aunt and Uncle used to take each of their grandchildren on a trip when they reached the ripe old age of 8. When the grandchildren are at your house, it can get a bit trickier. Are you a grandparent?

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What Can Go Wrong – Naming a Beneficiary

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Grandchildren inherit but can’t get use of the money. Maybe you left a chuck of money to your ‘surviving grandchildren’ and they are not yet 18. This will probably be your grandchildren, yet, you want to make sure your spouse has enough to last their lifetime, so you designate your spouse as primary, your adult children as secondary and your grandchildren as tertiary beneficiaries.

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Gratitude Brings Wealth

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When she saw that her great-grandchildren were not writing thank you notes for her gifts to them, she sent their parents a set of Thank you note cards with envelopes and postage! So, great-grandma was wise in helping her grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn how to express gratitude. With age, sometimes comes wisdom. My Mother-in-law has long recognized the power of gratitude.

Loss and Change

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Yet his legacy of love lives on in his children and grandchildren. "The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; To make the most of what we have; To be happy with simple pleasures; And have courage when things go wrong." --Laura Ingalls Wilder ~~~ Well my kind friends.a sad event has happened. My beloved father passed away a few weeks ago after a brief unexpected illness. The world has lost a good man who led a good life.

Eight Things I Learned After Becoming a Millionaire

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Most days I try to do some preparation with my sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren – to help them learn financial concepts and acquire the ability to wisely manage their money.

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Why Save Money in a Low Interest Rate Environment?

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My grown kids are also savers and I have high hopes that the grandchildren will follow their example. Helping the parents teach my grandchildren to save is an ongoing project of mine. Lastly, being a saver sets an example for your children (or grandchildren) to model. Because I am a saver, I unconsciously and consciously model behavior for my children and grandchildren to follow. I’m a saver, always have been.

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10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

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I realize not everyone has family heirlooms to give away, but my grandmother has been downsizing and gifting her grandchildren pieces from her Fostoria Glass collection that were my grandparents wedding gifts back in 1945. Gifts must be expensive and store bought—-SAID NO ONE, EVER!

11 Things I learned After Owning a Vacation Property

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I wanted a place for our family to gather – adult children and grandchildren along with us. No matter if my family doesn’t use it as much as I’d hoped; no matter that they won’t swim in the lake; no matter that my spouse would rather stay home; I’m still enjoying the condo with my two grandchildren each year. We purchased a vacation condo in a local resort area in 2006 (yep, right before the crash).

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How to Talk Estate Plan and Last Wishes with Your Sibling?

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Although he is single and lives alone, he has a decades long friendship with a woman and has come to be considered a pseudo Dad and Grandpa by her children and grandchildren, but he has no legal relationship with any of them to my knowledge. Unfortunately, he is not likely to inherit as we have children and grandchildren that are coming first. #476805823 / I have an older brother who has no spouse, no children or other heirs.

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4 Hobbies for Adulthood

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It’s also a great hobby to teach children, grandchildren, or students. Whether you simply want to venture from the daily routine, stop watching so much TV, or you just need to save money by not going out, it’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. It can be an exciting experience, especially considering all the options available for exploration and discovery. The process of trying out a new hobby can be an enjoyable experience in its own right, even if it doesn’t stick in the long run.

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How to Handle the Stock Market Roller Coaster Ride?

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Write down my life experiences on economic downturns for the future benefit of my grandchildren. Share what I know of the family history during the 1920 – 1930′s depression and prior recessions with our children and grandchildren. This post was written by Marie. .

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How is Your Vacation Rental Doing?

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Wouldn’t it be fun to have a place where our sons, their wives and our grandchildren could come together to play, visit and bond? Owning a vacation rental has been a love-hate emotion for me.

Our {Artificial} Christmas Tree

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She crocheted one for each of her great-grandchildren back in 1980. I hesitated to put the word, artificial, in the title of the post. It seems that word when associated with Christmas trees provokes much debate.

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Cheaper, Less Stressful Alternatives to Christmas Gift Giving

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Families playing football in the back yard after a turkey feast; grandparents watching Christmas Vacation with their grandchildren; decorating the Christmas tree and remembering just how each ornament came about.

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Father’s Day Gifts From Amara

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Complete the frame (or set of frames) with a favorite photo of him and his children or grandchildren. With Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18!), it’s time to think about what to get your main man. This year, opt for a luxury gift that he’ll get a ton of use out of.

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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According to the New York Times , Jackie Onassis put the bulk of her estate in a charitable lead trust that paid out for 24 years, following which, anything left would go to her grandchildren.

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Visually Record Your Relatives??? History to Make Lasting Memories

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You’ll have precious memories to share with your children and grandchildren of your own parents and grandparents. In 1994, after he finished Schindler’s List , Steven Spielberg founded the Survivors of Shoah Visual History Foundation.

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Why Renew Your Vows?

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For our 40th wedding anniversary, we chose to take our adult children and our grandchildren on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park. I just don’t get it. Why do married couples feel the need to renew their marriage vows on selected anniversaries?

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The Start of a New Year

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I have a full grown daughter and not one, but two grandchildren. So for that reason, combined with two active grandchildren, is why I decided to make one resolution this year. This year I intend to get more active and eat as well as I would have my grandchildren eat. When I was a kid, the year 2000 seemed like it would only come in a science fiction story.

Benefits of Having Your Parents Watch Your Kids

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If the grandparents don’t need additional retirement savings, they may decide to gift the money forward to the grandchildren for college or other child related expenses. Depending on the study you look at, anywhere between 61% to 74% of grandparents babysit for their grown children. I’m one of them. Although I live 200+ miles away from my two grandkids, I try to get them for a week or so during the summer.

Roth IRA Conversions? Better Wait and See.

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That money has to come from somewhere and unfortunately we all just keep kicking it down the road to my grandchildren. For years, it has been possible to set up your estate plan so that when you die, your heirs can stretch out the distributions from your IRAs – over their lifetime.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Gold

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So, if you decide to, you can hand them over to your grandchildren so they can learn the amazing benefits of gold investment for themselves. Let’s face it, the economy stinks and there isn’t an end in sight.

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What Is National Financial Literacy Month?

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I will be planning parts of my Grandma’s Money Camp (a one week experience for my grandchildren to help teach them financial literacy) in observation of National Financial Literacy Month.

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How to Pick A Career

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That is why I started helping my Grandchildren explore the many careers that currently exist – so they see that there are other opportunities than what they have immediately around them. At my Grandma Rie’s Money Camp this year, we started exploring the different careers that are out there. The Grandkids are 9 and 12 now with lots of time before they have to start supporting themselves somehow.

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How to Save Money at Silver Dollar City

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When I took my grandchildren to the local carnival in my own city on the 4 th of July, each ride was at least $3 per child – so $9 a pop if I rode with them. Silver Dollar City is the mid-west’s number one visited entertainment destination, according to some sources.

It’s a New Year – Start it off Right with Cascadian Farm!

Nicoles Nickels

This year I’m focusing on less gluten and sugar for me and my grandchildren. Since 1972, Cascadian Farm has grown beyond our original farm and is recognized as a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic.

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Is the Building of Experiences and Memories Worth the Cost?

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I found pleasure in thinking about giving our children and grandchildren the opportunity to see part of the world they might not otherwise see. How can a value be put on experiences and memories? How can one determine if they are worth the cost? Recently, an extended family trip to Hawaii got put on hold due to costs. I followed my own advice and tried to be very clear on what parts my spouse and I would be able to handle for the rest of the family – financially.

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Sesame Street: Life of Whoopie Pie (Life of Pi Parody)

Nicoles Nickels

My daughter grew up watching Sesame Street and now my grandchildren are watching. Another day, another fabulous spoof from your dear friends at Sesame Workshop! They’ve released a spoof of award-winning film, Life of Pi.

Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

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I demonstrate making these things to my children and grandchildren, though, just to show that it can be done. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit. I wonder if I’m really being frugal or if I am just being cheap. To me, frugal implies using resources in the wisest fashion and cheap implies a specific focus on getting the lowest price.

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Addicted to the Screen

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Four Things I Learned When I Became a Grandparent Build Memories and Spend Less on Your Grandchildren this… Old Time Free Summer Activities for Kids 3 Ways to Wean Yourself Off of Television The post Addicted to the Screen appeared first on Prairie Eco-Thrifter.

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