How to Teach Children About Money in 7 Easy Steps

  Money can be a touchy subject for kids and parents alike, but it's also a topic that needs to be discussed. We want our children to understand the value of money and how it works, but it can be tricky to discuss these concepts without sounding preachy. As a parent myself, I've found that making learning about money fun is one way to get my child interested in the topic without worrying about them feeling like we're pushing an agenda or being lectured at. Here are some fun ways that you can teach your child about money : Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. This works especially well with older children who already have a grasp on financial concepts like spending, saving, budgeting and investing. Let them create their own games using whatever they want as currency — anything from marbles to candy to paper clips could work! If they want to make up actual rules for using this new currency (f

New clothes for the New Year

As the New Year begins, many of us have a great feeling of turning over a new leaf. Some of us make resolutions, some of us have clear out, some of us even start looking for new jobs. With all these lifestyle shakeups, January is the perfect time to invest in some new clothes and start the new year looking and feeling great. 

Sometimes, just getting a couple of new items for your wardrobe can make a huge difference and help you reinvigorate some of your old things too. Comfy old chinos can be smartened up with a brand new long-sleeved shirt, for example, while a sweater in a new colour can change your whole look. Layers will keep you snug and warm in these cold months but they can look great too - fleece wears well and keeps its shape but you might need some new base polo shirts to go underneath.

On the other hand, it might time for a complete wardrobe overhaul.  If you're buying lots of clothes at once, consider the cost and keep your eyes open for retailers offering not just quality but great prices too - it's well worth shopping around.  Think too about what you really need. Do you have to be smart for the office or do you usually work from home? When buying clothes, try and strike a balance between smart and casual according to your timetable!  Remember that lots of items are very versatile and a smart cotton shirt, for example, can be dressed down with a V-neck sweater as well as looking businesslike for the office.  You'll need clothes for the weekends, too - maybe you're outside all the time and need some lined, waterproof trousers for country walks and a waterproof or fleece jacket to keep out the cold. Perhaps you're a sportsman and need a few items of performance clothing - trousers, base layers and a jacket which are lightweight, breathable and easy to move around in. Whatever your interests, you'll also need some classic pieces: fleeces, rugby shirts and jeans always look great and come in very useful. 

Whether you're looking for a few new items or replacing the whole lot, remember to think about quality as well as price. This is a great time of year to be buying new clothes – there are lots of new collections for the New Year and you're in the mood for a fresh start too! 

Written by Emma:  Emma is a leading fashion blogger who has wrote for many different leading blogs. 


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