Category: Relationships

Parents: Open a Roth IRA for Your Child

Parents: Open a Roth IRA for Your Child

Opening a Roth IRA is the biggest thing you can do to give your child (or your grandchild) a head start on their path to financial independence.  The money deposited today has the potential for 50-60 years of tax-free growth. You can open the Roth IRA for them at Fidelity. As the adult, you control the account until age 18, even if it’s in the child’s name.  (It does have to be registered with their social security number.)  At age 18, the account is theirs, so don’t tell them about the account until later if they are not good with money.  Just think of that extra 18 years of compounding before they even reach adulthood!

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is a one of the best books I’ve read on communication and relationships.  Dealing with people is one of the most difficult challenges in life.  Carnegie summed up years of research both thoroughly and succinctly to help you navigate your own relationships, whether they are professional or personal.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Dr. John Gottman’s The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a summary of his studies from over 20 years of observing couples. He can predict with a 91% accuracy whether a marriage will fail or succeed with just minutes a few minutes observing a couple.  His advice is sound, based on fact.  An excellent read for anyone preparing for or already in a partnership.

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Games for a Group

Games for a Group

Every other week, I host a weekly game night at home.  It starts after work, usually around 6pm.  I “cook” something for dinner, always enough to feed everyone and usually something purchased on sale in the frozen section.  I ask friends to bring any beverages or dessert they’d like, although I do keep wine on hand.  Once we finish eating, we bring out a board game for the evening.  Our favorite games are ones where anyone can jump in somewhat easily, and that don’t require as much set up or take down. It means our guests are interacting with something fun instead of just sitting around, and it’s ideal since often our guests don’t know each other.  We always have a great time, and it’s a lot more fun and frugal than sitting around a restaurant.  It’s a great way to build relationships.

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Hosting Friends in Your Home – Tips and Tricks

Hosting Friends in Your Home – Tips and Tricks

I genuinely enjoy hosting in my house.  It provides frugal entertainment for everyone.  I often hear people say they can’t host because they need more space, their place is messy, or they feel the need to go all out for a meal and it’s just too much work.  However, it can be a lot more fun and a lot less work than you realize.  I really enjoy cooking dinner and pairing it with a board game as a way to break up the week, and we’ve frequently hosted weekend gatherings as well.

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

Gary Chapman’s Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married is great for anyone who wants to be married, whether you are currently in a partnership or single.  Chapman does a great job breaking out his ideas for a strong foundation, explaining how he and his wife navigated through them, and offering questions for discussion so that you could work through them with a potential partner.  A very easy read, and extremely practical.

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The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit

A very quick read, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier was helpful in learning how to mentor others through the use of questions rather than directions.  The goal is to work less hard while having more of an impact.  Good leaders and managers must be able to coach through mentoring.  I have started using the questions with my coworkers.  I have also been using the questions in personal relationships, including with my partner.  All my conversations have improved in quantity and quality through saying less and asking more.

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