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July 11, 2011
Tackling Your Kids' Summer Boredom

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Keep your kids engaged while providing them with important financial lessons during their summer break.


If you're being barraged by cries of "I'm bored" this summer, before simply giving up and handing over the TV remote, take this opportunity to teach your kids worthwhile lessons while keeping them busy.

Assign tasks outside of their usual chores to earn extra allowance. Washing the car, yard work and babysitting are tried and true standbys. But look for other creative tasks as well, like scrapbooking family photos or helping to organize a garage sale.

You can indulge their desire for computer time by playing educational video games. A good one for learning money management skills is Financial Football, which is available free at

Bottom line: Next time you hear "I'm bored," have your list ready and get your kids engaged.

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