Understanding Baby’s Mood + Happy At-Home Moms + Avoiding Judgmental Parents

Megan Faure, author of The Babysense Secret .
Topic: Learning how to understand your baby’s moods.
Issues: Creating a baby-centric routine and struggle less to get your baby to sleep; understanding your baby’s sensory world and signals to avoid overstimulation, which leads to fussiness.

Rachel Compos-Duffy, author of Stay Home, Stay Happy.
Topic: Secrets to loving at-home motherhood.
Issues: Embracing the choice to stay home with confidence; taking care of yourself guilt-free; mentally and physically recharging every day, and more.

Deborah Copaken-Kogan, author of] Hell is Other Parents.
Topic: Tales of maternal combustion.
Issues: A collection of witty, smart, funny, poignant essays on dealing with intrusive and judgmental other parents, modern working parenthood, raising a family on inadequate income.

Teaching Teens Financial Responsibility: What Should They Have to Pay For?

The annual cost for the average couple to raise a 14-year-old in 2012 was $17,730, according to the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. It cost $18,380 to raise a 17-year old that same year, and in a house with two teenagers and a 12-year-old, the annual cost to raise all three children rose to $33,590. How much of this financial load should teenagers be asked to bear? If you’re raising one or more teens old enough to work or drive, you might be wondering which expenses they should start paying for themselves. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Build on Your Budget

Approach your children’s budget as a reflection of your overall household budget. Financial advisor Elizabeth Warren advocates following a 50/30/20 budgeting policy: Each month, allocate 50 percent of your income to necessary expenses, 30 percent to discretionary spending and 20 percent to savings and debt reduction.

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At-Home Dads: An Argument for Keeping the Mrs Barefoot and Pregnant?

A team of Danish and American researchers has discovered that men whose wives outearn them are more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men in more-traditional dad-as-breadwinner families. This was true even in families where the difference between the two salaries was fairly small, but when the woman earned about $20,000 per year more than the man, the chance that he’d need Viagra or other drugs for ED doubled.

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Want Your Teens to Support You In Your Old Age? Keep ‘Em Happy!

The old expression-money can’t buy happiness—may be true. But so is the reverse—that happiness may be able to bring in money.

A new study has found that the happier and more satisfied we are in our teens and early 20’s, the more money we’ll make years down the road.

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Tax issues for divorced parents

Really excellent article in the current Smart Money magazine on Tax-Related Tax Breaks After Divorce. Well worth the read:


The high costs of raising an autistic child

Did you know that it may cost $3.2 million to care for an autistic child over his or her lifetime?

As if that wasn’t bad enough, families with autistic children earn almost $18,000 less per year than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report out from the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Interestingly, dads of autistic children were just as likely to work and earned just as much as dads of kids without disabilities. But moms were a different story. Compared with mothers of non-autistic children, moms with autistic children were less likely to be employed, worked fewer hours per week, and brought home less a lot less.

Given that $3.2 million pricetag, it’s no wonder that at least one parent had to work full time. Someone’s got to provide health insurance for the family and have enough left over to pick up the additional disability-related costs.

I’d love to look into this more. If you have an autistic child, please let me know if you’d be up for being interviewed.