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How Would the Cost of Child Support Affect Your Taxes?

Image via Flickr During a divorce in which children are involved, you have to consider many factors. One of them is child support. You will have to consider what the taxes will be for child support payments, especially if you are the one paying them. Based on what the agreement is in your divorce finalization, this will determine how your taxes will be affected. Who Pays What? As far as the person receiving child support payments, they are not taxable. It can be if the individual receiving the payments reports it as income on their taxes each year. If they do not, there is no penalty to the … [Read more...]

Prepaid Cell Phones: The Best for Each Age Group

Though prepaid cell phones have been slow to catch on the U.S., the country is certainly coming around to the idea of pay-as-you-go cell phone plans. Most of Europe already uses the prepaid system--in fact, 90% of Italy's cell phone market and 66% of the UK's market currently use prepaid plans. If you're thinking about going the prepaid route, be prepared to do some research: U.S. prepaid phones have come leaps and bounds in just a few years. Prepaid basic phones, smartphones, camera phones and parental control phones all abound in a head-spinning variety. We've collected our picks for the … [Read more...]

Short Term Gratification v Life Long Values

Image via Wikipedia Perhaps more than ever before, mothers are faced with the difficult problem of materialism. Today's world has created a 'must have' environment, with many children not understanding the true cost of the things they want. With new versions of their cell phone, MP3 player, and gaming systems coming out ever six months, and peers who seem to have it all, some of today's children are downright demanding of their parents and the material items they want. As parents, we must learn to tread this line delicately and make healthy decisions for our children and our … [Read more...]

Proud Traditions For Blended Families

Image via Wikipedia In a large way, traditions are what define us. Often, these traditions are handed down from generation to generation and become a part of family life. From Easter egg hunts to Christmas decorations, every family has its own traditions. For those who have entered into the difficult world of the step-family, creating new traditions for the new family is an excellent way to begin the process of blending together. The question becomes how to develop new traditions that will have meaning. It is important to recognize that new traditions does not mean getting rid of old … [Read more...]

How to Maintain a Healthy Love Life

It really is the first step into any relationship: it's called trust. The utter sadness is this: most people get into relationships that end up destructive, faulty, messy, and just plain worthless. Really, the only 'worth' behind such connections is nothing other than sex -- a physical partnership, which to be honest ends up bad anyway. Why is trust so important in any love life? Well, it brings out rewards in the long run. Think of it as a click to your favorite online casino site, logging in for a day of gambling at the computer. What's cool about most of those sites is the fact that you … [Read more...]

The Importance of Date Nights

In all the hustle and bustle of raising kids, it can be very easy for parents to forget that they were a couple first. Regular date nights can help them remember this and recapture some of the romance that was present when they first met and married. You can fit date nights into your budget. If you start putting aside money for your date night in advance, this can help cut down on the budget strain. Make it a point to put away $5 or $10 every week. If you cannot spare it from the paycheck, look for other places in the budget that you may be able to get it from like clothing … [Read more...]

Bridging the Generation Gap

Image via Wikipedia Traditional values are always threatened by the growing generation gap between parents and children, and the tussle that follows is a very complicated one that needs delicate handling. If managed rightly, it can be taken as a beautiful learning period for both the generations. To begin with, a willingness to understand each other is a must and the first of many steps that need to be conquered. Parents need to understand the importance of peer group for the younger generation. An adult sees a social life as a distraction, whereas the younger generation thrives on … [Read more...]

It’s Okay to Say No

There are many facets to being a responsible parent, or rather a parent that raises a responsible child. We all want our children to have every possible advantage for a happy life. Unfortunately all too often we forget the one word that we absolutely must say now and then - no. This is especially true when children do what they do best - nag, whine and look at you with those sad puppy-dog eyes and adorable pout, all in an effort to get what they want. Giving into a child all the time, or even the majority of the time, is a really good way to groom them into being materialistic. A better … [Read more...]

Dealing with Your Teen’s Pregnancy

Supporting your teenager can be stressful and difficult during a pregnancy. Of course it is generally accepted that teenagers should wait to become pregnant and start a family. However, as a mother, it is important to look beyond flaws and become supportive for your daughter and future grandson or granddaughter. Familiarize yourself with the pregnancy week by week. It may have been awhile since you’ve gone through the stages or been around someone who is pregnant. After all, sometimes the best way to support someone is to listen and understand; being aware of the stages — or just … [Read more...]

New to the Neighborhood? Poker Time!

You just moved in to the neighborhood and are excited about finding some new friends. Instead of sitting around and hoping someone is going to knock on your door, why not introduce yourself to those nearby and invite them to a poker party? Poker is a game that many people play, and love. This could be a great way to find some new friends. Tips for Success Sometimes, it can be difficult to make friends, especially when you are the new person on the block. By setting up a party, you could meet many people. Lifelong friendships start with just an invitation like this. Choose poker … [Read more...]