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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 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

Kelly Clarkson’s Blended Family: What She Needs to Consider

Starting a new family is always exciting and even a tad scary. This natural apprehension can be enhanced when a couple creates a blended family. Bringing children from different parents together presents challenges - and those challenges are multiplied when the couple have new children of their own. Former American Idol star Kelly Clarkson recently added a new baby to her family. Kelly and her husband, Brandon Read More

Medicare Facts For You, Your Parents

People who are nearing the age of 65 should be making plans for the transition from private health care to Medicare. It is not a simple process or one that happens automatically. You have to initiate the enrollment process at a specific time or suffer a monetary penalty. It is important to understand that applying for Social Security benefits and enrolling in Medicare are two totally different things. Don't confuse Read More

Five Valuable Traits a Child Can Learn from Working Parents

Those of us who work sometimes feel that we are doing our children a disservice. Sure, we bring home a paycheck that benefits our children, but we may miss their activities and other aspects of their daily lives. This can be especially true in two-earner families. But in addition to greater financial security, our jobs provide opportunities for our children to learn many other life skills that they can use throughout Read More

Financial Myths About Getting a Divorce

If your marriage is on the rocks, one of your many worries is probably the impact divorce will have on your financial life. An attorney can support you with a thorough analysis of your assets and understanding of the financial impact of a divorce, but first read these three widespread myths of the financial impact of divorce. My Money Is My Money, and Your Money Is Your Money Some people believe that if they keep Read More

5 Financial Planning Tips for Expecting Parents

by guest blogger,  Kristin McFarland, of Darrow Wealth Management There’s a lot to do when you’re expecting a child. But before you plan the baby shower, consider these tips for a fiscally friendly family. Many new parents are caught off guard by new financial obligations. If you’re expecting a child or looking to grow the family, it’s important to start preparing now. Get started with these financial tips for new Read More

Talking with Your Family About Your Estate Plan

Is it time to have “the talk” with your kids?  We’re not talking about a “birds and bees” talk but one that is equally important, perhaps more so. Everyone has concerns about what will happen when they die.  Some people worry about their homes, cars, or money.  Others worry about their children.  Rare, however, is the person who actually wants to talk about these things with their families. Opening these Read More