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KIDS AND MONEY

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

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Teach them the value of money

  • The moment children can count they can learn about money.  They can count coins and put them in a piggy bank.
  • Money is earned by working.  So give kids the opportunity to earn money by doing chores and getting paid an allowance.  By the age of 15 they should be volunteering or interning so that by the time they are 15 they can have an idea of what a job is like and will have experience to get a job they will really enjoy.
    • Allowances help children learn to make decisions, think about alternatives and consequences and gain a well-balanced perspective about money.
    • Come up with fun money earning opportunities like Wash the car and earn $10 more this week.
  •  Lead by example.  Involve your kids in family budgeting and set an example of how to follow a budget and control spending.  Keeping budget restrictions and hard times a secret does not help anything and can instead be a great time to teach children about saving.
  • Everytime you pay for something whether it be cash, check or charge is an opportunity to teach your children about the differences of each.
  • Play games with your children that use money like Monopoly and Cash Flow for Kids by www.richkidsmartkid.com ;

Saving

  • Take them to the bank to open their own bank account so that they can put their money in a savings account and begin to earn interest.
  • Teach children the differences between wants and needs.
  • Savings accounts encourage children to save, invest, and give.

Spending

  • Next time a child says they “want” something tell them they have their own money and if they really want it they can buy it themselves.
  • The account also allows children to save for things they want to spend their money on.
  • Help them set goals to save up for things that they want or need in the future.
  • As children get older give them incentive for saving up for things like a car when the turn 16.

Is it worth your time and effort to help your children learn about money? As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Answering your children’s questions honestly and in terms they’ll understand can help them begin life on sound financial footing.

PARENT TIPS: APPROACHING YOUTH ABOUT THE POSITIVES OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY RYAN MOREAU

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

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As technology advances and integrates into our lives, it is important for parents to not just focus on all of the negative undertones, but how they can teach their kids to be good online citizens. Remember—social media represents a new form of communication and has provided an easier way to become more involved in the lives of family members and friends.

Youth should be encouraged to use the Internet as a tool that can benefit their lives, rather than kept off-limits.  Here are three tips for parents when it comes to approaching their kids and social media:

Monitor the use, don’t forbid it.

On average, teens spend 80 percent of their time on social networking websites, proving that it has become a convenient and primary form of communication.  You might be worried with the amount of time spent online, but also remember that kids use the Internet for a variety of activities – homework, communicating with friends and family, and playing games. Restricting all online social interaction usually leads to rebellion; so monitor it instead. For younger kids, limit the amount of time spent, types of websites they can visit and check in on their social media activity. For older kids and teens, develop an open dialogue about their online behavior and be aware of what networking sites they use.

Educate them on safe social media use.

Have an open discussion with your kids! Talk to them about how the Internet works and point out the many reporting and blocking tools that are available on most social media outlets.  Immediately reporting any negative social media activity to you, a teacher, or friend is the most important message you could relay to your kids.  Let them know if they face cyberbullying, inappropriate contact or a stranger asking for personal information, they should feel comfortable telling someone they trust right away – with the confidence that you will not be angry with them.

Ensure they utilize social network privacy settings.

It is important for youth and parents to understand how social networks can be personalized, privatized and intertwined to become a connected community hosted online.  You don’t need to know the ins and outs of a social network, but you should be aware of the types of social networks your kids are using.

Parents need to be encouraging the “why,” and not the “how.” While you show your kids how to privatize the profiles, talk to them about the risks associated with posting personal, private information online. Once they understand all the risks, they’ll be much more willing to make use of their privacy settings and keep them updated on their own.

Online social interaction has become increasingly vital to the lives of youth because they’ve begun to use social media as a research tool, homework aid, and means to chat with friends and family.  It will only become more prevalent, so open the social media conversation with your kids – and discover together the positive things social media has to offer!

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SPRING BREAK CHECKLIST

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Spring Break Time in Tampa Bay usually means packed parks and busy beaches. Check out these alternative ideas for a family fun Spring Break!

Out in the Neighborhood

  • Many local attractions like the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo have special offers during spring break. They also have educational, interactive shows that teach them about the animals. Take the kids out for a day that is fun and allows them to learn something new.

Bonding

  • Plan a picnic for the family in the park. Have each person contribute something to the lunch you pack so that the day is a family event from start to finish.
  • Create a garden in your own back yard. You can buy flowers and soil at your local hardware store or order organic vegetable seeds online. Plan out the garden and plant it as family. Then, watch as it blooms before your eyes.

Short Trips

  • Take a daytime bike trip on the Suncoast Trail with the family. This will allow you to do something as a family and will be good exercise for everyone.
  • Plan a weekend on St. Pete Beach where you can hang out with the kids in the sand and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. Jump into a game of beach volleyball to stay active and practice working as a team. For more of a getaway, consider the US Virgin Islands. They offer brand new hotels that are all-inclusive, up close and personal experiences with wildlife like sea lions and have a large ecological preserve the whole family can enjoy.

Learn Something New

  • Attend Candy College together and learn how to make homemade chocolates and sweet treats.
  • Color Me Mine is a great place to get creative and paint personalized pottery. This will allow you and your kids to express yourselves artistically and take something home to remember the day.

Angela’s Teachable Moment: Have them make some of the candy they mastered in candy college for friends and family as an Easter surprise. Knowing that they were able to make something everyone enjoyed will boost their self-esteem. Plus, it teaches them that it is the thought that counts.

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS FOR FREE & HELP US DONATE A TREE

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Drop Off Your Electronics at Over 175 GreenSite® Locations in Florida

 Florida E-Waste Recycling is proud to announce its support of the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation efforts.  For every box of electronics equipment collected at a GreenSite® Drop Off location, the company will donate trees to the Foundation.  

 

 

Each GreenSite® location will accept computers (towers and laptops), cell phones, printers, fax machines, cameras, camcorders, cameras, cassette players, CD/DVD players, modems, monitors, scanners, pagers, PDA wireless devices, radios, projectors, photocopiers, stereo receivers, speakers, telephone systems, UPS power protection and VCRs.  GreenSite® does not accept televisions.

“We are encouraging businesses and the general public to donate electronics equipment, not only to keep electronics out of Florida landfills but to help plant trees in Florida and other states in forests that are in need of trees as a result of fires, disease or insect damage,” stated Thomas Rossi, Managing Partner.

For the nearest GreenSite® Drop Off location, access www.floridaewaste.com

More information on The Arbor Day Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org
 

e Women Network Cocktail Event: Becoming a Very Successful Entrepreneur

Posted on: March 21st, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Angela Ardolino and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine will be featured at the upcoming eWomenNetwork networking event on April 19th at Mise En Place in Tampa.

Becoming a Very Successful Entrepreneur

How Men Do It, How Women Do It- Are There Different Rules?

Date: April 19, 2011

Time: 5 p.m Networking, 6 p.m. cash bar/heavy hors d’oeuvres

Location: Mise En Place

Members and TBPM special price: $47 (use code TBP in Registration)

Guests: $57, Pre-registration required by 4/15, otherwise $65 at the door, space permitting

Register online by at eWomenNetwork.com

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E WOMEN NETWORK COCKTAIL EVENT: BECOMING A VERY SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

Posted on: March 21st, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Angela Ardolino and Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine will be featured at the upcoming eWomenNetwork networking event on April 19th at Mise En Place in Tampa.

Becoming a Very Successful Entrepreneur

How Men Do It, How Women Do It- Are There Different Rules?

Date: April 19, 2011

Time: 5 p.m Networking, 6 p.m. cash bar/heavy hors d’oeuvres

Location: Mise En Place

Members and TBPM special price: $47 (use code TBP in Registration)

Guests: $57, Pre-registration required by 4/15, otherwise $65 at the door, space permitting

Register online by at eWomenNetwork.com

PINELLAS POWER LUNCH APRIL 6: MARKET YOUR EXCELLENCE

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get paid to do what you love?  As a female entrepreneur, Angela Ardolino has made that dream a reality. She’s turned Tampa Bay Parenting  Magazine into a household name and can be seen weekly on ABC Action News. Angela’s determination and success has elevated her as one of the top female business leaders in the Bay Area. Come hear her story and learn how to Market Your Excellence at our April Power Lunch at the Clearwater Carrabba’s.

The event starts at 11am. Speaker begins at 11:30am. Food is served at Noon. You’ll have the choice from 3 menu items plus soup or salad. Soda or Iced Tea is also included. Spaces are limited for this event, so registering online is a must!

More information and online registration: Pinellas Power Lunch: Market Your Excellence

  • $50 credit with WWOTB to pay for events. Members-Only Rewards Program.

Pinellas Power Lunch April 6: Market Your Excellence

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get paid to do what you love?  As a female entrepreneur, Angela Ardolino has made that dream a reality. She’s turned Tampa Bay Parenting  Magazine into a household name and can be seen weekly on ABC Action News. Angela’s determination and success has elevated her as one of the top female business leaders in the Bay Area. Come hear her story and learn how to Market Your Excellence at our April Power Lunch at the Clearwater Carrabba’s.  

The event starts at 11am. Speaker begins at 11:30am. Food is served at Noon. You’ll have the choice from 3 menu items plus soup or salad. Soda or Iced Tea is also included. Spaces are limited for this event, so registering online is a must!

More information and online registration: Pinellas Power Lunch: Market Your Excellence

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  • $50 credit with WWOTB to pay for events. Members-Only Rewards Program.

KIDS, FACEBOOK & OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKS

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

The Internet is really an imperative training ground for children to build their identities and learn crucial social skills according to a recent University of Amsterdam’s Center for Research on Children, Adolescents and the Media study cited by Mary Kay Hoal, Founder of Yoursphere.com. Hoal agrees that for most children, social media mainly presents a positive experience that allows them to build their self-esteem, create friendships, and develop/hone their social skills.

Age restrictions

  • There is a reason why there is an age restriction.  Kids younger than 13 don’t understand the impact of saying or posting something online.

 Sign them up

  • Show them how to set up a profile. What to NOT do and explain why.  Present them with examples and scenarios of what to do and what not to do, and encourage them to ask themselves, “Would mom be okay with this?” and if they’re not sure they should ask you.

Friend request

  • Be sure you are one of your child’s friends on Facebook.  When they know you are going to see what they say and do, they will think before they put it up.  Don’t invade their page, just monitor it and “like” things they post like artwork or quotes.
  • Be sure you communicate verbally and regularly with your child about what is going on in their lives, who their friends are, how they feel about things

 Protect and Monitor

  • Put the computer in a common area where kids can always be monitored and time can be tracked.
  • Set up parental controls.

Angela’s Teachable Moment: Whether you like it or not, it is always important to invest time learning about things that interest them, especially if it involves the internet.  It’s not going away and you are going to be forced to learn it later anyway.  Call me crazy!

Cruise into Spring Fashion & Travel April 5

Posted on: March 17th, 2011 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

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