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Please join us in ‘Giving Back’ this season.

When our daughters were little, David and I started a family tradition of giving back by crafting together to help those in need. Each November, our girls and I would make fleece tassel blankets to donate to Household Goods, a remarkable nonprofit (and a neighbor in Acton) that helps families by providing a full range of donated furniture and household items to them – free of charge. This inspired our eldest, Read More

Take Advantage of National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Did you know this week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? No, really, it is! And it isn't one of those made-up holidays like National Lemon Meringue Pie Day or International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Prompted in 2008 by estimation that more than 120 million Americans did not have estate plans to protect themselves and their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death, Congress formally Read More

Family Values: How to Continue them for Generations

With just a little effort, we can preserve our family values for generations to come. Most of us want to make a mark in the world. That’s a big part of what gives our lives meaning. And whether or not we have children, our history and stories can be a unique and irreplaceable gift to our families. Who shares your family values? It can be difficult to pass on our traditions and our values, however, especially when we Read More

Legal Rights of Grandparents: In Honor of National Grandparents Day

When all is ideal in a family, the bond between grandparents and children is a special one. Maybe you’ve even heard that grandparenting is the grand reward for parenting. But what happens when the grandparent becomes the parent? Or when parents’ divorce or one parent dies and a grandparents’ visitation rights are taken away? Legal Rights of Grandparents This is happening more and more often, and it’s an issue you’ll Read More

Five Reasons To Never Give An Outright Inheritance To Your Children – and What to Do Instead!

If you’re like me, you want to leave an inheritance for your children. It’s likely part of what you are working so hard to do. But, far too often, the way we leave those inheritances actually does more harm than good. Something no parent wants. Giving outright ownership of our assets to the kids could put everything you’ve worked so hard to leave behind at risk. Why, how and what can you do about it? Let me share Read More

The 4 Key Life Skills Your Children Need to Have Before They Inherit

The lunches are made, the backpacks are packed. You’ve successfully sent your child off to meet the challenges of school. It is in school where they will learn to read and write, to socialize and learn how to navigate friendships. Our role as parents is to teach our children the skills learned outside of the classroom - life skills; how to face disappointment, right from wrong, and how to manage money, just to name a Read More

Getting Kindergarten Ready – Setting your Child Up for Schoolroom Success

by Ann-Bailey Lipsett, M.Ed., of Lipsett Learning Connection Kindergarten is one of the most exciting years of our children’s lives! They are beginning their educational journey, and are excited about every piece of their new world, from riding the bus to meeting new friends. For parents, it can be a bit more nerve racking. We wonder if our child is ready, if he or she will listen to the teacher, or share with the Read More

Build Your Child’s Back-to-School Resilience to Support Their Ultimate Success

If you are like most parents, your primary objective is to support your children to be prepared to handle the pressures of adulthood. If you have wondered what the most important thing you can do now to support your child is, this article has answers and they may not be what you think: If there is one human trait which helps to navigate all of life’s stages, it is resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce Read More

Even Celebrities Act as Caregivers for Aging Parents

We may not think about it often, but even celebrities act as caregivers for their aging parents. Actress, singer, and songwriter Queen Latifah plays an active role in caring for her mother, Rita Owens, who was diagnosed with heart failure more than 10 years ago. A Familar Children as Caregivers Story Owens learned of her condition when she passed out at work one day. She moved from New Jersey to California to Read More

You Don’t Have to Spend Everything: 3 Costly Medicaid Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

By Guest Blogger, Tracey A. L. Ingle, Esq. of Ingle Law, P.C. It’s a sad story I hear all the time, “We finally spent all Mom’s money. I guess it’s time to apply for Medicaid now.” Ugh. It hurts. It legitimately hurts when I hear clients tell me their story of how they heard from someone that’s what they had to do. The truth is, long-term care is expensive. Very expensive. It’s not unusual to find nursing homes in Read More