Sunday, January 21, 2018

Teach Kids to Handle Money: Advice From the Home of Dave Ramsey

Bestselling author, Rachel Cruze, knows a thing or two about smart money management. As daughter of popular financial guru, syndicated radio personality and author, Dave Ramsey, she grew up surrounded by sensible advice and positive role-modeling.

Cruze said she was born the year her parents filed bankruptcy, which was followed by a road to recovery that would eventually lead Ramsey to become a household name.

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On “Star Wars,” Halloween Firsts, and the Joys of Being a New Dad

Although it wasn’t my “first” Halloween, the first Halloween I truly remember was when I was eight years old. “Star Wars” had been released in the summer of 1977, and it had impacted my young life in a major way. It was the first time I had seen the battle between good and evil literally portrayed in black (Darth Vader) and white (Luke Skywalker). However, the subsequent films in the original trilogy would teach me a more important life lesson, showing that the lines between good and evil are often blurred and that there is good and bad in everyone.

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The Family Forum: Halloween: One Family’s Shining Moment of Glory

I always get excited at the first sign of cooler weather, because that means Halloween is right around the corner.

Some people have treasured memories of other holidays, but Halloween is my family’s shining moment of glory. I have so many memories, such as the time when I was four years old and too sick to go trick-or-treating (my dad went for me, bringing back my pumpkin bucket full of candy). Or, the time I applied such a good makeup job and costume that I was able to sneak into my parents’ “adults only” Halloween party (my own mom had no idea it was me). Or, the time I went to every haunted house I could get into. Quite simply, Halloween makes me happy.

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Initiative 42: Don’t Let Politics Get in the Way of Our Children’s Future

I’m not the type of person who likes to get involved in heated political debates. But, as a parent with children in public schools, I’ve come to realize that politics affects education in a way that demands our attention.

I believe education is the one issue that has the potential to improve the quality of life for every single person in our state. Because education influences everything from poverty, crime, health and economic development, our state’s poor standing in education ultimately affects us all.

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Fun Craft: Fall Table Decoration/Lights

This fall craft is designed to be done by parents and children as a family activity in preparation for a family dinner, as a home decoration, or even for use at a picnic.

Since these lights are enclosed and are designed so that they may use the battery-operated votive lights instead of actual candles, they may be used inside or outside. Of course, colors may be adapted to any season. This will result in a product that you will not have to hide away, even though made by very young children.

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