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100 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids for Free or Cheap

100 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids for Free or Cheap

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How to be a Great Dad – 12 Awesome Tips

How to be a Great Dad – 12 Awesome Tips

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Parenting Advice

101 Tips For Improving Childrenā€™s Behaviour – want my advice? Got a kid that acts up and/or talks back? Take away the car, the cell phone, and the earings. Make them play outside, not in front of the TV or on the computer, and get a strong leather belt and a dozen wooden spoons. Apply both liberally.

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Got a kid and planning investments

Do you have a little one in the family?

Have you thought about how you’re going to afford college for him/her? If you’re thinking about how to best save/invest for your child’s future, I’d highly recommend you read this Ask Metafilter post on investing for children.

The wife and I haven’t figured out how we’re going to save for our little Jack yet, but we’re planning on having a formal plan set in stone that we’ve started executing before his first birthday, which is November 23rd. I’ll report back on what we decide once I know how we’re going to invest/save for his future.

Close to Home

I just spent an hour watching the pilot episode of Close to Home on CBS, and I’ve gotta say “wow!”

The CBS website is sadly lacking in any detail about the show, and future episodes, which is sort of sad, but, the show totally rocks. It’s a crime drama about a new-mom/lawyer and how she deals with the cases that she’s given while also balancing her new-mom status with her profession… which totally appeals to me.

Close to HomeFrom the CBS website:

CLOSE TO HOME is a legal drama that tears away the facade of suburbia to reveal that sometimes quiet and tranquil streets can hide the darkest of crimes. Annabeth Chase (Jennifer Finnigan) is a young, aggressive prosecutor with a perfect conviction record who tries the cases that come out of her own neighborhood. Returning to work after having her first child, Annabeth is ready to take on the most difficult cases, fueled by her passion to protect her community and her family. Challenging Annabeth’s legal strategies is her new boss, Maureen Scofield (Kimberly Elise), a no-nonsense lawyer not afraid to push her hard. Leading the team is Steve Sharpe (John Carroll Lynch), who is one of Annabeth’s biggest supporters but is concerned about how her cases will play in the media. Annabeth’s husband, Jack (Christian Kane), is devoted to their family and is a rock for her to lean on when the challenges of her job start to infringe on their home life.

If you enjoy legal dramas, ie. CSI, Cold Case, etc…, and have a new baby in the family, or are expecting one, I’d totally recommend you watch the next episode… I’m programming our DVR to record the series right now. Too bad it has to compete with Boston Legal for viewers… I’d really like to see it succeed in the future.

It definitely hits “close to home” for this family.

Timeless Keepsake Gifts for Babies

The wife and I are contemplating buying the new baby something really special this year for his first Christmas. It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, just something that’ll last him a long time, than he can appreciate years from now. Here are a few things we’ve thought about:

  • First Piggy Bank – Piggy banks have a great history, and can be important tools, but I think we want to wait to give him one until he can better understand its value.
  • OneShare

  • My First Stock – From oneshare.com (I’ve always been a fan of this company). Classic ideas might include buying your kid a share of Pixar, Disney, Harley Davidson, Apple, GE, or Microsoft, but they have quite a few $14.99 or $29 deals for sale too. (We opted to buy our son his first share of Microsoft this Christmas).
  • Savings Bonds – (Ok, first, since when does a government website look like it’s not a government website? Threw me for a minute how good this site looks). I Bonds or EE Bonds? At this point, I’m thinking I Bond, as it’ll grow for 30 years, and has a slightly better interest rate. We’re not talking major investment here folks, we’re thinking keepsake gift, but it really is too bad they earn only 3 percent or so.
  • Gold or Silver Coins or Bullion – This is a new one to me, and I haven’t researched it much (at all). I’d recommend doing a little more research before you make this purchase, but something tells me a US Gold Eagle or Silver Eagle from the year your child was born, would be a pretty cool gift, though it’ll set you back a little more than the other gifts listed above, and thus really should be researched a little more if you’re worried about getting taken by an unscrupulous dealer.

Like I said, we ended up going with one share of Microsoft… we figure it’s the best investment out of the 3 options we considered at this point.

update: It looks like Oneshare.com can’t sell to people in Texas, so I got a refund for my one share of Microsoft… time to start researching gold coins I think šŸ˜‰