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  • What to eat and do this summer without leaving the house or breaking the bank

    Memorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer, the season that is filled with barbecues, beach getaways, poolside relaxation, and sunshine. It's also the season where schoolchildren get about 10 weeks off from school and have tons of free time. So with the conclusion of Memorial Day, the countdown to summer vacation begins.

    Click here for Ideas for Summer Family Fun at Home!

    Sure, traveling to faraway beach destinations and going to amusement parks is a wonderful way to spend the next few months, but spending so little time at home can be costly and difficult, especially for families who are pinching pennies. However, family fun can be affordable and still be fun - with a little creativity, you can find the perfect family vacation right in your own backyard.

    Check out these Must-Haves for Summer Entertaining!

    For those who are already feeling stressed thinking of new ways to keep the whole gang entertained for the next few months, worried that this summer is going to be just

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  • By Money Crasher's David Bakke for

    Summer jobs for kids!

    Summer jobs for kids!

    teaching your kids dollars & sense with age-appropriate jobs

    Kids who work paid jobs often acquire better money management skills than their non-working peers. They also develop a sense of responsibility and accountability.

    Although you might think your child's work options are limited, there are actually a variety of jobs available. There are even a number of small business ideas for teenagers and kids. Help cultivate your child's entrepreneurial spirit by considering these job opportunities.

    7 Jobs Kids Can Do

    1. Household Chores: It's likely that there are plenty of things to do around the house that you could use help with. Cleaning floors and windows, dusting, and sweeping are all easy tasks that require a little elbow grease and are therefore perfect for kids who want to make money. Just leave the tasks that require decision-making to yourself.

    Related: Show Me the Money: Should Kids Always Return the Change?

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  • Westin Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

    Westin Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working outside of the home since I was 14 years old… And I have cried at work exactly once.


    Since 1985.

    You may ask what it was that finally brought me to tears? Well, it wasn't any of the high school juniors whom I taught English Literature. It wasn't any of the people I worked for or with in public relations, healthcare, advertising, video game production, ballroom dancing instruction and/or politics. It also wasn't the co-worker who legally changed his name to an animal species and answered the phone "Meow." Instead, it was one of the nicest men I've ever known who brought me to my breaking point…all because of a discussion about travel.

    Related: 12 things your kids MUST see you do

    It was 1996, and I was working as a writer at a marketing agency while my first husband was in medical school. Money was tight. I was working long hours in three jobs. And after a client meeting, I was talking to this nice client man about his plans for the summer. He happily listed

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  • Summer activities your kids will love

    Summer activities your kids will love

    Summer break is upon us! And that means your kids are suddenly out of school and home with all kinds of free time on their hands. While it's nice to be able to spend more time with your children in the summer, it can also be stressful finding enough activities to keep them occupied and entertained.

    Here are 7 fun summer activities your kids will love:

    Lemonade Stand

    Lemonade Stand

    1. A Classic Lemonade Stand

    Selling lemonade is a nostalgic summer activity... and enterprising! Even if kids don't make any money, chances are they'll be well-hydrated - and you can keep the stand for play for years to come.
    Make your own lemonade stand

    Related: 8 outdoor activities that are more fun than video games

    Bug Jar

    Bug Jar

    2. Bug Jar

    Every kid needs a bug jar for those summer finds. This setup is simple and cute - although we think it'd be better if the kids kept this one on the porch!
    Learn how to make a bug jar

    Rainbow Pops

    Rainbow Pops

    3. Rainbow Pops

    The best way to cool down during a heat wave? Yummy Rainbow Popsicles the whole family will love! These are made

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  • By Susan Stiffelman
    Author of Parenting Without Power Struggles

    Once upon a time, books were among a child's favorite companions. A book could carry a child to another place in time, transport him to faraway lands, or inspire her to dream bigger dreams. For many youngsters today, books have become a thing of the past. Whether they're focused on electronic devices, over-scheduled with activities, or resisting because creating images in ones mind is harder than watching TV, the decline in reading has significant implications on a child's ability to become a passionate lifetime learner.

    As summer approaches, the possibility of helping your child become an avid reader becomes even more challenging; without a teacher assigning nightly reading, many children's skills fall behind, encouraging them to fall into a "summer slide." In 2009, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as "devastating." But if parents step in, this setback can be avoided. Here are

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