SureFire Girls: Life Literacy For Teens in a Power-Packed Conference

Oct. 8, 2013 As the parent of a teen graduating high school, spring was like a surreal montage of college tours, anticipation, excitement and questions swirling in my brain.Did I give her enough savvy … [Read more...]

Prom Spending Surges? Media Panics, Hype & Critical Thinking

May 15, 2015 Update! Great then/now retrospective in the New York Times that spans proms over 60 years, all the way up to current "promposal" shenanigans, spending surges and social media selfies! … [Read more...]

How Can We Use Media To Gift Without Buying?

Dec. 16, 2015 Update For those who appreciated the post "Toy Joy vs Consumption Junction, or one of the original posts about stuffed animals with cellphones, "Can something be done about all this … [Read more...]

Gen Y Book Launch: Coming of Age in a Crap Economy

July 12, 2011 Lately my generational layers have been interwoven like an Etsy blankie... Between my sandwich generation eldercare/teen scene and my Gen X and Gen Y nephews making the best of jobs … [Read more...]

Warren Buffett Cartoon: 3-5 Minute Financial Literacy Clips

Update Oct 23, 2011: The Hub Premieres Secret Millionaires Club Special Sept 9, 2011: New launch: Cha-Ching Asia/Cartoon Network  and April 23, 2010: new site Cash Savvy Kids w/experts advising … [Read more...]

Default: The Student Loan Documentary Needs Your Vote On Ideablob!

July 9, 2009 Update 7-13: 24 hrs. left for them to qualify this round, lend a hand if you can! "Default." Say what? It’s rare that I’d ‘advocate for default’ but in this case, it’s well-warranted, … [Read more...]

Budget Hero Game: Want To Be President of the USA?

Sept. 18, 2012 Tomorrow Sept. 19, 2012, two students from the Maryland School of Public Policy join WilsonCenter.org on Capitol Hill to launch Budget Hero new "Election Edition" engaging a group of … [Read more...]

The Crisis of Credit: Visualized. Kid Vid Teaching Tool by MFA Student

Feb. 19, 2009 For every speechless educator groping for words when hands are raised with the million dollar questions…”how did we get here” and “what can we do about it?” this little 3:44 video clip … [Read more...]

Money Management for Kids: Chores, Allowance & Digital Nagging

Part Two of our interview with PAYjr CEO David Jones includes one of the rarely used aspects of PAYjr's chore and allowance program (only 5% evidently) where parents can set up cell phone reminders … [Read more...]

Shaping Youth Interviews PAYjr CEO on Kids’ Prepaid Plastic

Seeing as how we’re smack dab in the “final 48 hour retail frenzy” of credit card-flinging shoppers at risk of losing every logical brain cell, my interview with PAYjr Founder/CEO … [Read more...]

A Humorous Approach to Student Debt: Credit Cartoons

Two million kids voted in the Kids Pick the President mock elections and they nailed the outcome. (that's 4 out of 5 of the last Presidential elections, per Nickelodeon news) Now, Consumers Union is … [Read more...]

“My Gift Card’s Worthless? That’s So Unfair!” Cry Foul to the FTC

I don’t know about you, but with California schools on the skids, turning pockets inside out in a pathetic, penniless shrug, parents have been asked to contribute to fundraisers that also … [Read more...]