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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘games’
Posted: April 24th, 2014

AnyStack of One Dollar Bills day is a good day to teach your kids to save, and it’s not something they learn in school. So start early. We can teach kids to save with simple tools — not making a huge deal out of it. Here’s an article from Forbes that it is the very best on teaching kids of every age how to save.

When my kids were little, they learned how to clip coupons and it always came in handy … especially for toys. And they don’t need to know how to read to look through a Toys R Us flyer and understand prices. The boys collected sports cards, and that was a huge lesson in financial transactions. And believe it or not, so is buying and selling video and computer games.

Kids can earn money doing chores, collecting an allowance or countless other ways. Once my kids all all had jobs — my oldest was a paperboy at age 12 — they had ATM cards, and they learned to use them and balance accounts. Today, they all have 401 K accounts through their employers — even my youngest who is still in college and works part-time.

Money lessons are among the most important things we can teach our kids. Today is a great day to start.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to two granddaughters.

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Posted: April 8th, 2013

clockUsing a timer and a reward to get kids to clean up a mess of toys is one of those simple tool that works. I remember when my kids were little, a babysitter turned a lot of challenging tasks into games. She used a timer, and they loved it. That bicycle tire clock is from Boredpanda.

She came from a big family and noted that it always worked on her brothers and sisters. We also had a chicken alarm clock that looked like the one below. My youngest put that chicken out of its misery. chicken clock

Need parenting help? Check out Momiverse for some great suggestions.

One of the articles is by author Alyson Schafer, a psychotherapist and parenting book author who impressed me  www.AlysonSchafer.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three.  


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Posted: November 14th, 2011

We need mathematicians and scientists in this country and we need to start growing them now. Why? According to numerous reports in U.S. News and World Report and other national rags, not even half of our country’s high school graduates are prepared for college-level math or science.

That’s just not good enough for us parents.

What happened to the geeks? And why aren’t we doing something about it? A few years ago, my son graduated from high school with at least four cooking classes under his belt. My daughter had innumerable art classes. Aren’t a few of those classes enough? I’m frustrated because we are still graduating students who don’t know how to balance a checkbook and what interest rates mean. Graduates don’t need to cook or draw pictures if they can’t figure out how to pay the rent and utilities.

My kids loved both math and science and we found games – lots of games – that encouraged those skills. Here are 100 ways to get your kids into math and science and make it fun. Do it now. Physics can be fun if it starts as play.

We need to grow the next crop of Einsteins. Click on any of the links above, and get started!



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