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Weekly Reader 12.6.10

Green Gifts 

Blogger “Mollywrites” offers some unique ideas for gift giving for adult children.  While some are green, other are simply very clever.  Her suggestions are listed in several categories, including:

  •  Consider their life styles:  For instance, if your child is a traveler, like one of mine, scout out small packable items like electronic translators, adapter plug sets and international cell phones, things they can use and hopefully recycle when they are done with them.  
  • Zero in on their hobbies:  Hobbies provide great gift-giving opportunities.  Check out specialty stores and clubs for gift certificates; create your own coupons to provide transportation, babysitting or companionship for excursions, activities or events that focus around the hobby.
  •  Reflect upon their dreams. Marathons, travel destinations, completing degrees, bungee jumping, archeological digs; Think beyond the box though.  Give the gift of support to help train your marathon runner by running along when you can (at least for a little while!), wrap up a piggy bank and attach a card promising to collect all your loose change for special things they are saving for such as: the dream trip, the degree, the skydiving class.  This way you’re actively participating in their dream, not just giving them money.
  •  Show them they’re never too big for your love. Get out the scissors and all those old pictures you can’t bear to throw away. Scrapbook your memories of their growing up years, their accomplishments, etc. Remember the little notes you once included in their lunch boxes? Update this activity and write each child a personal letter that tells them how proud you are today.

 The Upside of Boomerang Kids

Writing in the Rapid City Journal, financial planner Rick Kahler notes that there are benfits when a young adult moves back home, especially in a mutigenerational household where a grandparents lives too. “It is an arrangement that can work well when families make a conscious choice to see it as an opportunity for mutual support and satisfaction,” he writes.  True to his expertise, he strongly suggests financial planning:

Before deciding to share a household, it is essential to agree — in writing — on short-term and long-term financial arrangements. One crucial question is: “Who pays what?” Bills might be divided up, or both generations might contribute equally or proportionately to an account for household bills.

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