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TEACHING CHILDREN TO GIVE THANKS

Posted on: November 30th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

With the Holidays approaching it’s even more important we teach our children the importance of being grateful and giving thanks. There are numerous ways to incorporate this life-long lesson into your child’s every-day life. Below are a few tips on how to teach children to give thanks.

Lead by Example. Kids are very much aware of your actions and the decisions you make. Practice being thankful in your everyday encounters and your child will pick up on it and act as you do. Use every thankful act as a learning experience for your child.

Thank-You Notes. Have your child write thank-you notes for the gifts they receive during the Holidays and continue this tradition throughout the year. Writing notes is a tangible way for children to give thanks and become involved in the giving/receiving process.

Storytime. Use books to incorporate lessons of giving thanks. You can read to your child one-on-one or make it a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Volunteer as a Family. Volunteering with your child can not only be a bonding experience but it will help them be grateful for the things they have. Some great places to volunteer include: soup kitchens, hospitals, local parks etc.

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Speaking Engagement at The SSW National Conference

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Angela will be speaking at The Society of Successful Women National Conference on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at the Tampa Convention Center.

For more conference information, agenda and list of speakers, please click here.

LESS PRESENTS & MORE PRESENCE

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Tis’ the season for gift-giving! For children this is one of the most magical times of the year full of excitement and anticipation. However, for parents the financial aspect of it may be a bit overhwelming. Encourage your children to think of gifts that aren’t associated with a price tag but come from the heart.

The Presents. Gifts don’t necessarily have to be bought at the store. Help your kids bake Christmas cookies, fudge, pies or use arts and crafts to make presents that others can cherish forever. Children will enjoy the process and truly learn the meaning of gift-giving.

Create New Family Traditions. Christmas is about family and spending- not just money, but time with our loved ones. Plan a few ‘Family Nights’ throughout the season. Activities can include: playing board games, watching classic Holiday movies, making decorations, or taking a family drive to look at the lights around your town.

Prioritize Gift List. Have your child number their Christmas list with number one being the gift they would like the most. Children learn a lesson in prioritizing while parents get the inside scoop on what their kids really want for Christmas.

Donate. Teach your child the joy of gift-giving and helping others by having them put aside toys, clothes and any items they are willing to part with to donate to those in need. Have a family volunteer day at a soup kitchen or shelter where they can see exactly who they’re items are helping.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT THE SSW NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Angela will be speaking at The Society of Successful Women National Conference on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at the Tampa Convention Center.

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MONEY SKILLS FOR CHILDREN

Posted on: November 11th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Talking about money with your family should be a positive experience. The more openly you discuss finances with your children the more comfortable they become with money, savings and budgeting leading to more financially savvy adults.

Here are some guidelines to get you started:

Money talks. Discuss money on an every-day basis. Whether it’s running errands or planning a family trip.

Do as I do. At the end of the day you, as a parent, have the most influence on your children.

Every child is an individual. Each child should have a different approach to how they manage their money depending on age, preferences and personality.

All children are equals. While each child is unique and their approaches to money should be discussed to suit them individually; both girls and boys should learn the valuable lessons in budgeting, investing, spending and saving.

It’s a family affair. Try to involve your children in some financial family decisions. For example give them vacation options with prices, share the pros and cons of each and make a decision as a family!

ALLOWANCE AS A TEACHING TOOL

Posted on: November 4th, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Rewarding children with an allowance for meeting their goals and managing their weekly responsibilities is a win/ win situation for them and parents alike!

Angela Ardolino Emcees Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

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 Join Angela as she emcees the Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hyde Park Village.

The ceremony takes place at the fountain in the heart of Hyde Park Village and attracts over 4,000 people.  This family-friendly celebration kicks off the holiday season and has become one of Tampa Bay’s most highly recognized events.

People of all ages will enjoy a variety of live entertainment, free cookies and cocoa, a splendid holiday light display, the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas Tree and an appearance by Jolly Old St. Nicholas!

The Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by Tampa Bay Parenting, Ferman, Verizon, St. Petersburg Times and tbt*.

Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony Entertainment Schedule

  • 5:30 – Gulf Coast Girls Choir
  • 6:00 – Karl & Di Marco
  • 6:30 – Cirque Dreams Holidaze
  • 6:40 – Christina Sanders
  • 7:00 – America Ballet
  • 7:30 – Entertainment Revue
  • 7:50 – Santa Arrives
  • 7:55 – Last song with Santa and Entertainment Revue

ANGELA ARDOLINO EMCEES ENCHANTED TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Join Angela as she emcees the Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hyde Park Village on Friday, November 26, 2010 ~ 5:30-8pm.

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