Finding Balance in Early Retirement with Kids

Finding Balance in Early Retirement with Kids

Finding balance in life is tough.  Between your regular job, chores, time with spouses or people you’re dating, and going out to play with friends and family, time is limited. The fact is that we all only have 24 hours per day… 168 hours each week. Then you throw a kid into the mix… ha!  Good luck!  It’s like a turbulent hurricane of confusion every day.  And the frenzied mess doesn’t scale well either.  With each additional child you have, it gets even more chaotic. So finding balance between everything in life is tough enough, but with kids, you’re almost out of luck until you quit your job or your kids grow up. At least, that’s what I thought.  I

Meet My Daughter on Women Who Money

Meet My Daughter on Women Who Money

You’re probably bored with me rambling all the time (who isn’t?!).  Well, I’ve got good news for you!  This post is intended to let you hear what my daughter has to say instead! Although she’s only eight, she’s got a good head on her shoulders.  She’s always been a good kid and she’s a thinker.  Her smarts make me raise an eyebrow sometimes with the things she says. You’d think that with a brain like hers that she’d be no fun to hang out with, but she’s the exact opposite.  She’s the social butterfly, a barrel of laughs, and a ham to boot! She could make you wonder if she’ll be the next Elon Musk, Wanda Sykes, or Taylor Swift. 

Homeschooling… a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

Homeschooling... a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

As soon as you mention the idea of homeschooling, people get uncomfortable. Some shut down, go silent, and give you a stare that quietly says, “I’ll keep listening, but you’re now officially crazy in my book.” Others quickly object.  They might say, “That’ll cause all kinds of social problems for your kid!” or maybe “That’ll be too much work!” or some other wonderful expression of disapproval. Personally, I don’t have the same feelings.  Although it’s still not really mainstream, a lot of folks are starting to realize that homeschooling does have its place. We’re not homeschooling our daughter… yet. However, if I was FIRE (financially independent / retire early) when my daughter was younger, I would have loved to go down the homeschooling

Um, I Was Told to Stop Talking to My Kid About Money…

Um, I Was Told to Stop Talking to My Kid About Money…

Everyone has opinions on how kids should be raised.  And there really are no perfect answers.  However, I never thought there’d be a day when my own parents would tell me to stop talking to my kid about money. But that’s exactly what happened. If you’re not familiar with my daughter, she’s a stellar writer on the Route to Retire blog.  Her post Like Father, Like Daughter… got some pretty good attention – including making it onto Rockstar Finance. She’s seven and an extremely bright kid (I think most parents say that about their kids).  She’s kind to everyone and has a great sense of humor.  She’s artistic and loves gymnastics. But one thing that makes her a little unique is she’s

I’m Struggling Right Now

I’m Struggling Right Now

I’m struggling.  I’ve been very careful to keep politics and other sensitive issues out of my blog.  We all have our opinions, of course, but I just don’t think this particular blog is the right place for that kind of discussion. So I’m going to try to keep this high-level on that front, but there’s something that’s affecting me deeply right now. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the shootings that have been happening in our school systems.  And like most of us, I’m utterly filled with disbelief when these things happen. The recent shootings at the high school in Parkland, Florida on 2/14/17 are no exception.  I was just in awe and felt tremendous grief for

Like Father, Like Daughter…

Like Father, Like Daughter…

Like father, like daughter… Recently, my 7-year-old daughter started asking me some questions about my blog.  She wanted to know what I write about and why I do it. I’m very deliberate in making sure that I don’t treat her like a kid when she’s interested in answers to something.  I have a couple reasons for this: 1) I want to ensure she’s never afraid to ask questions.  And so far, that’s always been effective.  She never feels like she can’t check with us on something she’s unsure of.  She asks a lot of questions… the right questions. I like that a lot. If you think you know everything, you won’t learn.  If you’re not afraid to ask questions, though,