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Expanding a Teen's Freedom with Fiscal Program

Posted on 1/13/2015

Teenagers are highly motivated by any opportunity to expand their freedom. More freedom is in fact THE MOST POWERFUL OF ALL MOTIVATORS for teens. I wouldn’t have put it in capitals if it wasn’t. ...

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16 year old lacks motivation

Posted on 12/9/2018

My son has become increasingly argumentative and disrespectful. He only seems to care about material things. He is now 16 years old and he is working with a job coach to help him with getting a...

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Money Matters

Posted on 2/19/2018

One more question... I like the idea of having allowance tied to being a member of the family and not contingent on doing chores. Also, chores are expected on command in our household with our...

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11 y/o boy wasting his allowance

Posted on 10/16/2016

Hello. Our son who is 11 has just started receiving a weekly allowance. He has blown it all on junk food (when we aren't around ) and we are not sure how to approach this. Since we know we...

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Husband and Wife Disagree on Allowance Tied to Chores

Posted on 9/7/2016

My husband and I cannot seem to agree on an issue concerning our children. It involves not tying their allowance to their chores. I have read numerous articles of Rosemond's articles/books that...

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How do I help my college kid manage spending money?

Posted on 12/21/2015

As we prepare to have our first child enter college, do you have any advice on how to handle her discretionary spending money? Assuming room and board are paid for, we were thinking about putting...

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5, 7 Year Old Allowance Responsibilities

Posted on 12/11/2015

My husband and I recently started giving our children an allowance to help them learn to manage money. It is in no way connected to their regular chores. Our 7-year-old receives 70 cents per...

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Money Woes

Posted on 10/14/2015

My son is nine years old and every year, for his birthday (and sometimes other special occasions), he receives large quantities of money. For example, he received about $250 for his birthday last...

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9 year old blows allowance

Posted on 4/15/2015

I've been reading through the various articles on allowance, but I need some guidance. My nine year old has always been Mr. Money. Loves it. Does anything to get it. And then spends it at the...

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13 yo birds and bees discussion

Posted on 4/8/2015

Good day, My 13 year old, turning 14 in August, he will be a High schooler. After months of suspension now has his phone back which I have to beg him for to return nightly to me ... almost as if...

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4 year old, 6 year old Allowance

Posted on 11/26/2014

My husband and I want to start giving our two children (ages 4 and 6) an allowance. We agree that they need to learn to manage money, but he thinks they should EARN the money they manage. He...

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Parenting the Strong Willed Teen Audio File

Posted on 1/8/2015

This is an entertaining and informative talk on understanding and managing even the most petulant of today’s teenagers. The talk was recorded live before an audience in San Diego, CA and is based...

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