Traveling with kids? How to make them excited about the trip.

Getting kids excited about pretty much anything means engaging them in the process of planning and visualizing the experience. And kids are “concrete” which means that it works best if you engage their senses in the here and now. Kids also are pretty much at the whims of their parents so giving them some power …

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Michelle Jacobik, is a Financial Wellness Coach

Michelle Jacobik, is a Financial Wellness Coach with a private practice in Connecticut. She has successfully led individuals around the country in rebuilding their financial foundations. Using her budgeting tools, debt reduction planning, and saving techniques she helps clients create realistic changes in order to forge their way in getting rid of debt payments and …

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How to use the ‘first car’ as a great financial lesson with your kids….

Learn more about  teaching your kids financial responsibility > Alex’s Dream Car Guest post by Michelle Jacobik My son revealed to me at age 14, that he wants his first car to be a Cadillac STS. My daughter wanted a Jeep. Some kids want BMW’s, Mercedes, Audi’s or Land Rover’s to drive but it doesn’t …

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What Are 3 Ways I Can Strengthen My Child’s Emotional Intelligence?

“It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not forget to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama Research suggests that people with strong emotional intelligence are more likely to succeed than those with high IQs or even relevant experience in the world of work. Emotional intelligence is also the key to …

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What is Charisma and how can I help my child get it (and get some myself)?

kids/teens learning social skills and charismaParents often ask about how to help their children improve social skills.

Here are some ideas you can share with your child if he or she motivated to learn some new ways of thinking about connecting with others.

Charisma is a way of being that draws other people to you and makes them want to be around you. Think about the charismatic people in your life. mentors, friends, or public figures like athletes, actors, and politicians. People think that charisma is something you are born with or without, but this isn’t entirely true. While charisma comes more naturally to some people, it is a set of skills that can be practiced and learned. Here are some of the most important skills to practice yourself or help your child practice to become more charismatic.

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People like being around other people that make them feel interesting, funny, and intelligent. Giving someone your undivided attention shows them that you find them likable and are interested in what they are saying. You can demonstrate attention by using active listening skills like turning your body toward to speaker, nodding, making verbal affirmations (“Yes” or “I see what you mean,” or just “Uh huh’), and maintaining eye contact. Eye contact can be tricky to master. Too much eye contact can feel creepy and aggressive, while too little comes off as uninterested. I recommend maintaining eye contact just long enough to allow you to note the eye color of your conversation partner. Then you can look away before returning to offer more eye contact.


Remember that people are attracted to those that make them feel interesting The balancing act is to offer enough to the conversation to share your knowledge and experience, but listen with equal intensity so that your conversation partner has the same opportunity. It helps if you can steer the conversation toward an area you feel comfortable and confident enough to offer information, but restrain yourself from sounding like a know-it-all. Don’t be afraid to use humor. Effective humor makes everyone feel good and isn’t at the expense of anyone. Jokes about things that are core to people’s values or out of their control are off limits. This usually includes religion, politics, looks, abilities, family, and ethnicity.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Financial literacy is as important as reading or writing. It is essential to your child’s well-being now and in the future. Understanding money will mean more opportunities, less stress, and more serenity. Here are 3 ways to teach your child financial literacy: Give your child an allowance that is designed to cover specific categories of …

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