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Question of the Week: Are We Rich or Poor?

posted by Kristin Williamson

July 27, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

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“To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

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President John F. Kennedy said it. On the other side of the aisle, President George W. Bush said it too. It’s orgins are in the bible, but its implications apply to any religion.

So just who are these people who have been given so much? How is that defined exactly? Am I one of those people?

Well, in today’s world of economic turmoil, electoral year banter and endless conversation about public officals’s tax returns,the 99 percent, income inequality and class warfare, it’s hard to make heads or tales of just where you fit and at the end of the day, most americans associate themselves with the middle class anyway. More


Question of the Week: The Money Tree

posted by Talk About Giving blog team

July 13, 2012 @ 8:30 am

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“What do you think? We have a money tree in the backyard?”

It’s hard not to wonder if people really do think that money grows on trees, particularly in this day and age. Over the past several decades, our culture has really changed from that perspective. We want it now and we want it fast and we want it to be the best of the best. Oh, and when it’s outdated, we’ll just get a new one. You know, like next week. More


Question of the Week: Family Activities

posted by Kristin Williamson

June 29, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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While we have the strongest influence, our kids are impacted by others, too. By their teachers, friends, neighbors — even your friends, other family members and acquaintances on the playground or school bus.

Think back on your childhood. Chances are, you admired a friend’s family. Do you remember what it was that you appreciated? While we don’t want to get into the habit of comparing ourselves to others – or our family to other families, there are opportunities to learn from the habits of others and your kids might have some good ideas of things you can do together as a family that they’ve learned from their friends. More


Question of the Week: How Will We Get There?

posted by Kristin Williamson

June 15, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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While relaxing; summer can be busy too. There’s driving to the mountains, to the beach to the water park. Kids are in camps, going to the pool, sleeping over at Grandma’s. We go to the lake, visit the Zoo, hit the Museum. You might even travel to another state or country.

Other than fun, what do all of these things have in common?

Yep, you guessed it: Transportation. To do all those things and visit those places, we have to get there. And for most of us living in non-major metropolitan areas, that involves a car.

But even in places like South Carolina where transportation alternatives to the good ‘ole automobile are minimal, there are people that don’t have a car. And transportation is one of those things in life that is critical. Almost as critical as shelter and food.

So if you didn’t have a car, what would you do? Not only would it be difficult to do all the fun stuff, but what about getting to the grocery store? Or to the doctor when you’re sick? Would you still be able to go to EdVenture to see the Moneyville exhibit?

For older kids, how much does it cost to have a car? What about insurance and maintenance? What do you do if the car breaks down or you need new tires?

Have your kids ever thought about it? Find out with the Question of the Week!

Safe travels this summer, everyone!

 


Question of the Week: My School

posted by Kristin Williamson

May 11, 2012 @ 8:30 am

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The school year is coming to an end. The kids are about to jump out of their skin. Teachers are working hard to keep them focused. Parents are busy making summer plans for camp, vacation, sitters and the pool.

For some children, school is a great source of structure. Meals are consistently provided, the classroom is an appropriate and comfortable temperature. There are adults there that are kind and care for them. They can play at recess and escape the reality of what’s going on at school.

School is a place of learning – something that is critical in today’s society. School is a place where our children meet their friends, explore interests and talents and find mentors that will influence who they become and how they live their lives. School provides consistency and routine; fun and play; growth and development; exposure to others. More