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To Give or Not to Give - The Allowance Conundrum

When Oliver was 10 years old, he bought a microscope for $300. Part of the money came from his own saved allowance and part was lent to him by his father, Markus Barker*, on the promise that he would pay him back as soon as possible. Almost 15 years later, Oliver lives debt-free and has a solid savings account. Is an allowance the best way to teach a child to be money-savvy? It depends who you ask.

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Talking About Bullying - Could Your Chatterbox’s Talking be Hiding a Bigger Problem?

Ever been stuck in a car with a child who simply won’t stop talking? As much as we love our children, for many of us, listening to non-stop gab feels exhausting. But before demanding your child put the brakes on their motormouth, consider the nature of the discussion. A child, who jumps from one random topic to the next without saying anything in particular, might use talk to hide a deeper issue.

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Attachment Parenting 101

All throughout a child’s school and teen years, attachment parenting beliefs and philosophies help build the important parent-child connection through empathetic listening, support, mutually-set rules, loving discipline, child-led independence, quantity of focused and unfocused time together and most of all, mutual respect. Over 50 years of research shows that children who have their security and dependence needs fulfilled and supported early and consistently grow into emotionally healthy and independent adults.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Bike for Your Child

For parents that read this, in case it hasn’t already happened yet, it’s very likely that you’ll be in the position where you will be purchasing your child’s first bike. As with many other facets of parenting, this often comes with many questions. From my experience in supervising a bike camp for kids for many years, I’ve experienced firsthand the confusion many parents have when it comes to choosing the right bike for their kids.

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