Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Kid(s) A Cell Phone

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Kid(s) A Cell Phone

I feel like this post could morph into a full blown book - there's just so many areas to delve into on this topic, but I'll do my best to boil down the salient points into a reasonable read time! If it wasn't clear by the title, I fall firmly under the camp that under [...]

RESP’s: The Ground Rules

RESP’s: The Ground Rules

Though one might think a government introduced education savings tool would be structured to be simple to understand, Canadian Registered Educations Savings Plans (RESP's) are instead one of the most complex tax advantaged accounts in Canada. God forbid the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) make saving for your kids education straightforward! Annnnnnnyhoo. Irrespective of my views [...]

A Parents Finance Manifesto

A Parents Finance Manifesto

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, many people are still contemplating what, if any, resolutions to make moving forward. Often our New Year's resolutions focus inward, directed towards some form of self-improvement or lifestyle betterment. These resolutions can be extremely positive and impactful, but what about thinking just a little bit broader [...]

PowerPlay Program Review

PowerPlay Program Review

It's no secret that financial based curriculum in the public school system has historically been next to non-existent, but I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a brand new financial literacy program being implemented in some of our local schools. Our oldest son came home incredibly excited and announced that his class would be participating [...]

Why “Follow Your Passion” is Horrible Advice

Why “Follow Your Passion” is Horrible Advice

We all want to impart the best advice possible to our children, because we all want our children to lead successful, happy and contented lives. We want better for them in every way. It's human nature. But this desire for the best for our children can sometimes manifest itself in new age parenting tactics and [...]

Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled

Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled

The Opposite of Spoiled is written by author Ron Lieber, who is a columnist for the New York Times, and previously wrote a personal finance column for The Wall Street Journal. Many of his recent articles discuss how to teach our kids to manage their money - which is exactly what his book is all [...]

Raising Financially Savvy AND Grateful Kids

Raising Financially Savvy AND Grateful Kids

What is the word you hear Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers use most often to describe Millennials and their children? Entitled. Sadly they aren't wrong. Since the birth if the baby boomers, each subsequent generation has had substantially increasing advantages and opportunities. Unfortunately those increasing opportunities don't seem to equate to an increase in thankfulness [...]

Talk Taxes With Your Kids

Talk Taxes With Your Kids

It's that time of year again. A time many people dread. Tax time. Although I might be in the minority, I actually enjoy tax season. I find it to be a great opportunity to take a really hard look at the past year and assess what financial goals achieved, where I've fallen short or area's [...]

Why Board Games Can Improve Your Finances

Why Board Games Can Improve Your Finances

In an era of ever improving digital content, board games have been relegated to the back of the storage closet, doomed to collect dust. Even the new Jumanji movie has abandoned the board game concept in favour of a video game. As my nine (9) year old niece told me in her review of the [...]

Why Kids Should Manage Their Screen Time

Why Kids Should Manage Their Screen Time

There is no doubt that our current educational system is drastically lacking in it's ability to teach our kids about money, let alone how to properly manage it. But, blaming our schools is a bit of a cop out. At the end of the day it's our job as parents to give our kids the [...]