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A "Whale" of an Investment: 3 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to "Invest"

May 19, 2021

My son wants to save the whales. It started when he started paging through a National Geographic. A pamphlet with a picture of a humpback whale slipped out. The pamphlet said, “Give a Gift.” A few minutes later, my son set $3.25 on my desk, wanting me to mail in his coins to the organization. I have to admit, I was endeared. I mean, how cute was that, sharing his hard-earned coins for the whales? I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. A few years ago, my husband and I bought our kids 3 piggybanks: one for saving, one for spending, and one for sharing. We wanted to teach our kids that money wasn’t just for themselves; it was meant to be invested in causes and people important to their hearts as well.

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10 Simple Ways to Leave a Legacy to Future Generations

May 19, 2021

A few years ago I was walking in downtown Toronto when I stopped in front of its university. There, in front of me, was a statue that my brother and sister-in-law had created. My brother and sister-in-law are full-time artists. A rarity these days. But as luck—or more specifically, talent—would have it, they have created amazing 30-foot statues for hospitals, parks, libraries, and (as I was seeing now), universities as well. And it struck me: how cool was that—that long after they’re gone, their work will live on and bring enjoyment to many others.

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How to Figure Out What Type of Legacy You Want to Leave on This World

May 11, 2021

Another day has gone by. And I still haven’t worked on my book. For several years now, I’ve been wanting to write a book. I’ve read books on how to write a book. I’ve dreamed about holing up in a cottage for a week, happily typing away. I’ve even had a few spurts and starts, but most of the time, I keep thinking “One day.” One day when I have more time. One day when I’m not so busy. One day when the kids are older....

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