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Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Raising Money-Savvy Kids

The issue of teaching children financial responsibility has become so important that a few states are now requiring students at public schools to take a personal finance class before they graduate.   These classes are designed as an adjunct to – not a replacement for – sensible money management habits learned at home. And while the curriculum typically covers a number of important financial topics, such as budgeting, credit cards, loans, etc., it doesn’t cover personal family values and lifestyles.
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How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

Joe Sabia, head of development at Condé Nast Entertainment, gave a TED talk in 2011 about technology and storytelling. The takeaway is simple: stories haven’t changed all that much over the history of storytelling. How we tell them, on the other hand, changes constantly. Before the Internet, we kept our life stories in journals and letters, and we told stories to remember our loved ones. We assembled photo albums that were passed on from one generation to the next.
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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I am a big fan of traditions. I believe traditions form the fabric and structure in our lives that help tell the story of who we are.  So with Thanksgiving just around the corner I started looking at some of the traditions associated with this holiday. And was amazed to find that some of the facts didn’t quite fit the story as I remembered it.
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Preserving Tradition

Preserving Tradition

The holiday season is nearly here – a time around which many family traditions are centered. It is also a perfect time to record those traditions or to remember some older traditions that may have disappeared with time. The stories we tell about family traditions or reminiscences of previous holidays are part of how we find our place within the family circle. These stories are also a way for younger or newer members to gain insight into the family history of which they are now a part.
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Living the Legacy

Living the Legacy

Family traditions are a wonderful way in which to tell the story of a family. They are also a great way to provide a sense of identity for all the members of a family, young or old, near or far. The purpose of a tradition is to create something that is special, something extra that lifts a family activity or event above the ordinary. But it doesn’t have to be big. A family tradition can be as simple as the ritual of a bedtime story or family dinnertime. It’s the communication and the sharing, the thought and intentionality that are important. And those are the qualities that will be remembered.
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