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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Suze Orman - a financial adviser to consider using

I would love to say that I've read Suze Orman's books and have religiously implemented her ideas for the
financial success of my family..hmmmm...let's just say it's on my to-do list.  However, I do KNOW people who have crossed this off their to-do list and done things like...pay off $20K in debt in a year (without a new, lucrative job), buy a house in an expensive area when they never thought they could, gone from financial novice to seeming expert in less than a year...you get the idea.  I also have friends who've done the Dave Ramsey (minus the religion) and other strategies.  What I like about what I have read from Suze is that she touches on and includes the spiritual in her advice and tips.  I like this because I do believe that remembering money represents a transfer of energy can be helpful in getting perspective as well as not getting overwhelmed, as well as not engaging in self-doubt and blame in regards to finances.  You don't have to be spiritual to consider money as a transfer of energy.  For example:  I worked for 1 day expending X amount of calories, requiring X$ in food, etc.  I got paid X for my labor and now I'm giving this money to you in exchange or as an investment for X....  You get the idea.

So, while I wait to cross Suze off  my to-do, please have a listen to what a friend of mine (and my first GUEST blogger) has to say about Suze and the impact she's had on her life.   

"I LOVE me some Suze Orman! I grew up in a family that never talked about money, mainly because we didn't have any. My parents were just trying to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, and a steady income was not a part of our reality.  When I became an adult and was able to achieve a regular and adequate cash flow for myself, I had no idea what to do with my money.  I was shy about exploring what seemed to me to be a daunting  topic, so I just plain didn't.  Then one day, as I was flipping stations, I found this accessible lady talking about money on PBS. Something in her demeanor made me do something I'd never done before - stop and listen to someone talk about money.  It just felt like a friend giving a bit of advice.  That person was Suze Orman, and I do now consider her to be a friend.  She uses humor, humanity, and simple language to approach this subject, which I once thought of as ominous.  I now think financial planning is kinda fun, and this shift in thinking has truly changed my life.  Thank you Suze!" - Jen from L.A.

So, if you are intrigued, check out my links below.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Teach your child to read! Abadaba Alphabet book is a great place to start!

I feel so lucky that I got turned on to this book and cd through my friend Carol, the illustrator and her mom, the author.  Sheila Moore, the author, also co-authored with Roon Frost a best-selling parenting book in the '80's called The Little Boy Book.  Now she has used her talents and experiences as a parent (of early readers) and educator (primarily Montessori) to give parents and even teachers some very practical advice on teaching the building blocks to reading.  This book prompts you to teach the letters by the sounds
Sample page from Abbadabba Alphabet
they most commonly make in words rather than focusing on the names of the letters - what we most commonly do.  Ever thought you were really accomplishing something by teaching your kids the ABC song?  Well, Ms. Moore might disagree.  In fact, you may be making it tougher on them since the names of letters are often different than the sounds they make.  Ms. Moore once told me a story about a teacher being concerned about her kindergarten-aged child because he didn't know the ABC song; however, her child was already reading!
 I use this book with my daughter Grace, 19 months, and she loves the beautiful drawings of animals and the inventive vocabulary used in the book (she likes mommy's silly voices as well. :)  Due to my conversations with Ms. Moore on the benefits of a phonics approach to the earliest reading skills and my receipt of the book, I've also been incorporating this approach in our daily interactions with letters.  If Gracie pulls the "M" magnet off the refrigerator I identify it by saying the sound "mmm" first and then the letter name.  I think my little rock star can learn both!  I'll keep you posted...  Anyway, you can visit Ms. Moore's website for the book and review the supporting phonics research she's gathered as well as purchase the book.  You can also use the link below to purchase it on Amazon.  I've also included the link for The Little Boy Book in case you're interested in checking out parenting tips for the first 8 years of your son's life.