Oh, the dreaded thank you note. Why is it so tough to get kids to write thank you notes? Why does it feel like such a chore to them? It seems a note of thanks can do more than dutifully tell Aunt Christina how much you liked the puffy jacket you got for Christmas. According to Jeffrey Froh, …

“I mean, give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn’t get bored anywhere.”

What is it about kids and summer, and sticky hands and wet bathing suits and itchy bug bites, and long days and lazy hours of board games and jigsaw puzzles, and car trips and ice cream drips…that leave you wanting more? 

Clear out your clutter and cash in! While the kids are still home from school this summer, make plans to host a garage sale when the weather cools a bit. With a little presale prep, this activity can also be a great family financial lesson. 

Nothing is more precious to me than the handmade gifts I’ve received from my kids over the years for Mother’s Day. Macaroni necklaces. Handprints. Macaroni frames. When they got a little older they presented a recipe holder made with a clothespin and a block of wood. When they grew even olde…