Anne with money

Teaching Kids about Money

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Money management is a difficult skill to learn and use, even for adults. In “The Disappearing Allowance,” Anne learned a hard lesson about what happens when you don’t save your money. It’s best to start with your kids when they are young, so those money lessons stick with them as they grow up. We pick our 3 best tips on teaching kids about money.

  1. Start with a Piggy Bank

Anne with moneyBy getting your child a piggy bank, it’ll help them collect spare change, or have a place for an allowance, should you choose to give them one. Seeing the money pile up over time will show your kids visually how when saved, even the smallest amounts, money can in fact add up.

You can even take it to the next level by depositing their piggy bank savings into the bank. Each time, show them the growing balance to hammer home how money saved, steadily grows.

  1. Give an Allowance

One of the hardest parts of money management can often be how to spend it. With so many options out there, especially for kids these days, you may have your child asking for just about everything. Getting allowance (however small) will put the decision in your child’s hands. Do they save or do they spend?

Allocate their money in categories: to spend, to save, and to give.  By spending their own money, children learn the value of money, and how finite it can be, pretty quickly. Divying up their allowance into categories will show them money isn’t to be spent on just wants.

  1. Stress the Importance of Delayed Gratification

People, not just children, are guilty of wanting to buy what they want, when they want it, regardless to whether or not they can afford it. Challenge your child to think of something they really want. When they think of it, ask them to write down the price.

Tell them, in order to get it, they must save for it. Once they save up enough money one of two things will happen. They will realize they no longer want it, or they will be glad they earned the money to get it.

Did we miss any money management tips? Sound off in the comments! You can revisit money management in Annetoon, with Vol 1-9 on DVD.

Anne Dressing herself

Tips for Kids on Dressing Themselves

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At some point or another, your kids will want to be more involved with dressing themselves. It isn’t because you have bad taste, but rather, your kids are growing up. Wanting control over what they wear is inevitable and good as it helps kids express their individuality and independence. Here are some tips for helping your kids get dressed.

Give Suggestions

Anne Dressing herselfWait, what? Letting your kids dress themselves doesn’t mean relinquishing full control. However, you may run into a tantrum or two if you simply pick their options for them. Make it a collaborative effort. When your child picks their clothes, make gentle suggestions. If you think something would look better than what they’ve selected, don’t simply say “that looks bad,” but give them an alternative.

If you’re not a fan of the sweater they’ve chosen, provide an alternative. They may make some odd choices, but part of growing up is also learning what works and what doesn’t, so don’t rob them of that lesson.

Trial and Error

A lot of the time, kids will make some questionable choices. They’ll pick costumes over practical options suitable for the existing weather conditions, etc. Chances are if you tet them (briefly) wear the light clothes in freezing weather once and they won’t do it twice.This may send you into a tizzy but sometimes you just have to let them look a little foolish, to drive those Anne in Dresslessons home.

A lot of the first couple tries of kids dressing themselves may end badly. They might not take to your suggestions. They may pick ridiculous options that you can’t accept (like a bathing suit in the winter for example), the possibilities are endless. Eventually, they’ll get the hang of it, so be patient and embrace the process.

Special Circumstances

There are certain instances where there might be a dress code or different cultural/social rules that don’t have a lot of flexibility. For instance, your kids may be required to wear cultural garb, or there might be an event like a wedding where there is a dress code, or perhaps your kids attend a school with a uniform. These scenarios can be tough as there is not a lot of flexibility in what your kids can wear, so how can you help them stand out?

You can always help them stand out by letting them pick their own accessories, like socks or a bag or a hat. It is a small gesture that goes a long way. Though it may not feel like a lot of choice at first, being able to pick something will make them feel like they had some part in getting dressed.

Watch this kids talk on being oneself and being ‘in style,” and fitting in. Have them design their own t-shirt with the Anne of Green Gables T-Shirt Painting Kit!

Anne Skipping Green Gables

Anne Shirley: An Important Female Role Model

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Though every generation seems to claim to have the most wholesome programming, many parents these days are finding there to be a real dry spell for kids cartoons. Anne of Green Gables is a timeless classic that everyone, regardless of age, always goes back to. The story has re-emerged in the public’s mind lately because Anne Shirley is such a strong role model, particularly for girls.

Bratz dollsIn the early 2000s, controversy arose regarding the Bratz doll franchise which spun into a television series. The characters had pouting lips, wore makeup, and mini-skirts with fishnet stockings. Not exactly age appropriate for the four to eight year old girls they were targeting. To make matters worse many of the episodes promoted vanity, a constant plot point throughout the two-year run was the girls being seen without make up. Heaven forbid.

Anne: The Animated Series is a beautiful children’s series that teaches kids valuable lessons, while having some fun. Anne Shirley is an imaginative little girl. Outspoken, and sometimes a little over the top, she is a great female role model for young girls. She’s smart, often going toe to toe with Gilbert, the other smartest kid in her class. She also sticks up for herself and her friends. Anne utilizes her active imagination to help her solve problems. Anne is only 10 years old and like every little girl, is prone to making mistakes. How she resolves them is what’s important.

Rather than make clothing or having fancy possessions, the kids in this series act like they’re supposed to—like kids. Though many of Anne with Marilla and Matthewus can remember a time when all we wanted to be was older,  the tendency in modern cartoons to make children’s animated characters look like teenagers is troubling. Childhood is a precious time, filled with milestones to experience and precious lessons to learn, and although that takes time, childhood doesn’t last forever. As many a parent can attest, kids grow up fast enough as it is.

Adolescence will provide more challenges and that’s why it’s so important that kids learn valuable lessons through good role models. Anne Skipping Green GablesLessons that Anne: The Animated Series teaches like learning the value of money and to save, to not judge others based on appearances and many more, are important.

If you’re looking for an animated series with a great female role model,  Anne: The Animated Series is it. You can watch all of Anne’s animated adventures on DVD!