Help iVillage Raise $5000 & Write To Win! CLOSED

2010 December 16
by Carissa

I practically knocked iVillage over begging them to let me join in this great project!

The topic of teaching our children financial skills while still young enough to make mistakes and LEARN from them, is super high on my mom priority list! I realize it’s a crazy busy time of year, (do I EVER!) but that’s sort of the point, THIS TIME of year is the perfect time to have ‘the TALK‘.

I would love if you jump in and join me for this iVillage Facebook Sharing campaign!

I’m helping iVillage spread the word and I want YOU to join in too!The holidays tend to bring out the me me me syndrome in our kids… Have you taken the chance to sit down and have ‘the Talk’ with your kids? Not THAT talk! The financial talk! Help your kids understand what’s most important this year, take a minute and #HaveTheTalk.

Iโ€™m hosting a GIVEAWAY for anyone who wants to join in on the blog writing portion of this campaign.

TWO $100 Amex Gift Cards
Two winners!

The iVillage #HaveTheTalk campaign is super important especially during the holidays.
Right now if you have ‘the TALK’ and share it via the iVillage Facebook App:

iVillage will donate $1 to Junior Achievement for every Facebook Share! With the goal of raising $5,000!

Giveaway Details!


Write a post about having ‘the TALK’ with your kids. Mention the iVillage Facebook App.

Chance to win one of TWO $100 AMEX Gift Cards
If you are interested in writing about having ‘the Talk’ this holiday season, I’d love to add you to our creative list of bloggers sharing how they #HaveTheTalk. Come back and link up to this post to be entered to win one of TWO $100 American Express gift cards. TWO randomly generated writers who submit by Midnight Eastern, Monday, December 27th will win!

  • Here’s a list of prompts to get your creative juices flowing OR you can jump in and tell us a story about teaching your kids financial skills during the holidays.

-Not ‘EVERYTHING’ under the Christmas tree is for you!
-Ways to give back during the holidays.
-Saving and Giving.
-The True meaning of Gift Giving.
-Stuffing Otherโ€™s Stockings.
-Time = Money, But Service is the best spent time.
-Create a Vlog of your kid’s thoughts on ways to give back during the holidays.

Hurry the article needs to be submitted by Midnight Eastern, December 27th!


Thanks so much! I canโ€™t wait to see your stories!
Please email me with any questions!


Canada and US bloggers are welcome. Must post and link your article by Monday December 27th Midnight, EST.ย  Must be 18 years old+ and no purchase necessary to enter. Winners chosen by

Don’t have a blog? No problem, open a account and write it there! Then link your posterous URL back here. You can do it!

This is a compensated post.

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45 Responses
  1. mayur permalink
    December 16, 2010

    i wanna win the prize

  2. Pat permalink
    December 16, 2010

    Please don’t think I work for his company but the Dave Ramsey books/programs for both children and adults give excellent advice on money management.

  3. edq143 permalink
    December 17, 2010

    sounds wonderful im in

  4. December 17, 2010

    What a great idea!!!!
    Twitter: FashOrganized

  5. December 17, 2010

    I just wrote a review on a book. It was about the Madoff Victims. I posted it on Amazon (the review) I mentioned that history teachers should us this book as a tool to teach about what can happen in investing.
    Grandma Sez So
    Twitter: GrandmaSezSo

  6. December 18, 2010

    Thanks for telling me about this Carissa! You are right, such a good time of the year to have the talk about money with kids/teens!
    Twitter: RobynsWorld

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  8. Christina permalink
    December 19, 2010

    sounds great

  9. Kenneth Vale permalink
    December 19, 2010

    love it!

  10. Sue permalink
    December 19, 2010

    I need some money management books Barnes & Noble used to have some do you know where I might find some.

  11. December 19, 2010

    Great campaign! Happy to participate!! Thank you!
    Twitter: kristinnw

  12. Maria permalink
    December 20, 2010

    I will start early! Talking about how much things costs, how bills work, how to save… every bit counts!

    Thank you!

  13. December 20, 2010

    I will give my kids a reasonable allowance and make them contribute to the house by giving them an understanding of how much things costs.

    Thank you!

  14. Jeanette Huston permalink
    December 20, 2010

    True meaning of gift giving is giving to those you love unselfishley not expecting anything back but a giving of the heart with pure intensions in mind;-)

  15. Darrell Bennett permalink
    December 20, 2010


  16. david basile permalink
    December 21, 2010

    sounds great

  17. Rosa Michel permalink
    December 21, 2010

    I have always taught my children to manage their money

  18. Judy Bradley permalink
    December 21, 2010

    Is there a way to enter if I do not have a blog? Would it be allowed to write on Facebook?

  19. GARIANNE DRAVES permalink
    December 22, 2010

    cannot have that kind of talk with my son because he is only 4.
    Twitter: garianne1

  20. December 22, 2010

    Dad here! We use the piggy bank method for our 2 yrs old and she loves it. Show her how to put the money in and explain to her that she can use it to buy toys, fruit strips and Dora items. Try to associate the basic idea of money to exchanging it for things she understands at this age.

  21. December 22, 2010

    I agree never too young.. We use the ‘candy’ method! They want candy right??? So we talk about how it costs money, then we count out the money, then we buy it with the money…

    not much later we help them understand we don’t always have money to buy the candy…

    So the lesson is one of waiting, saving, deciding all that. I love finding small ways to teach young kids about finances!!

  22. Krystal Colon permalink
    December 22, 2010

    We show pictures of 3rd world countries to our little one during the holidays to show how grateful he should be to be able to receive any kind of present.

  23. Liz permalink
    December 23, 2010

    Wonderful idea! Always good to educate kids early about how to be responsible and charitable with money.

  24. Janet Carpenter permalink
    December 23, 2010

    Great campaign, thanks for telling me about it! I linked my blog post above (; shared on facebook (!/janetandmaya/posts/128225420575528) and tweeted (

    Fingers crossed for the contest!

  25. CLAUDIA D. permalink
    December 23, 2010

    I posted on my blog a post about Saving, Spending and Giving as part of the iVillage contest /campaign.

  26. sheila permalink
    December 24, 2010

    i began “giving my kids the Talk” before they went to school, and added info at appropriate ages.

  27. December 24, 2010

    This appears to be a worthy cause and as such is worthy to be supported. Please act accordingly as you are led.

  28. julieh permalink
    December 25, 2010

    We had the talk about what it means to be financially responsible and the importance of saving, and used the ivillage app to create a budget for their allowance.

  29. Craig Johnson permalink
    December 25, 2010

    “Do as I say, not as I do!!”

  30. JRG permalink
    December 26, 2010

    We had the talk last night, when our son sent flowers for Christmas from college. Noted the maturity and the fact that keeping communication with parents was so much more important that physical gifts and such.

  31. Carol G permalink
    December 26, 2010

    Village Facebook App. I talked to my son years ago about what type of man he wanted to be. Did he want to forget his family and not stay close when he graduated college and moved far away for a job, or stay in touch. Two weeks after he moved, he sent me my first cell phone and he put his number in on speed dial. I cried.

  32. Kai permalink
    December 26, 2010

    I posted about it and encouraged parents to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Jaque R. permalink
    December 26, 2010

    Having “the talk” with my children is an ongoing project. I take every opportunity to point out to them the reasons for frugality and the rewards that go along with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  34. December 26, 2010

    Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
    Happy holidays!

  35. Stephanie Hrouda permalink
    December 26, 2010

    I need some money management books Barnes & Noble used to have some do you know where I might find some.

  36. Nancye Davis permalink
    December 26, 2010

    I began teaching my kids at an early about budgeting, saving money, and earning money. My kids know that money doesn’t grow on trees and that they have to work hard to earn those “extra” things like toys and video games. My kids know all about sales and clearance racks too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Renee permalink
    December 27, 2010

    I just checked out the iVillage Facebook App. VERY COOL! Glad you mentioned it because I knew nothing about it!

    As a mother of 5, being conscientious about spending is a MUST! It’s not easy to provide for once child, let alone 5, so I have become quite the frugal shopper. It’s become a large part of my lifestyle and so I started teaching my children VERY early on, about the value of a dollar.

    My children earn an allowance but there’s more to it then a quick buck. I have explained to them that their chores are like having a job. You cannot expect to be paid for a job that you did not do, or did not complete. They are expected to earn their money, which is turn makes them value it much more then if I had just handed it to them.

    On of my favorite moments was when my daughter asked if I could take her shopping (with the money she had earned and been saving). We went to walmart and browsed through the isles. There were several items she was interested in, but decided against them as they were over priced. Her words were “that’s to much money”.

    We eventually made out way down the clearance isles and she found several items that peaked her interest. She had been asking to redo her bedroom and this helped. For $40, she was able to get a rug, a lamp, 2 throw pillows, a comforter and a picture frame. She even left the store with plenty of money in her wallet.

    I was very proud to see that she not only enjoys saving her hard earned money, but that she’s a smart shopper. Teaching children about frugal shopping is a must these days.


  38. December 27, 2010

    sounds great
    Twitter: jasminx75

  39. December 27, 2010

    I gave my coupons to my kids worth $10 to spend on everyone to show them how to conserve

  40. Susan Smith permalink
    December 27, 2010

    I don’t have a blog so does that mean I can’t enter ๐Ÿ™

  41. December 27, 2010

    I shared the badge on Facebook and also entered the giveaway. Thanks for hosting this!
    Twitter: luckytoddler

  42. thoai permalink
    December 27, 2010

    i don’t have kids, just a niece and nephew and they both want iPads for xmas…so i had “the talk” with them about money and savings, and wanting with your eyes rather than your sensibility. didn’t go well, they cried and still wanted iPads lol

  43. Danyell permalink
    December 27, 2010

    I utilized the iVillage Facebook App and I also shared in the hopes that others will join me!

    I have a God daughter that we spoil, she has become more than rotten, more like rancid lately. I never wanted her to be this way….being an only child I thought it was time to have the first of many talks. This one being about giving and appreciating the things that she has.

    While she was visiting here in Dallas with me, she lives in Houston. I took her to the North Texas Food Bank where I do a lot of work through and at. I explained why this place was here and the importance of it. I took her to the American Girl store, a place she just loves..she once was flown to the one in Chicago, pick up by a limo and taken to a party for her cousin whom is also an only child. While at the mall, we went to the tree set up by the Salivation Army and we picked names off of the tree. I talked to her and told her why the name were on this tree and the likelyhood that the gifts we purchased maybe the only gift a child receives.

    I am happy to say…. by the end of her stay, she ate all of her food , no longer wanting to waste it and she went with me to Toys R Us , she got a kick out of it being open so late. We picked out several toys…she had many things for her and when I gave her the choice of putting some of her things back so that I would have more mone to buy for others … she was ok with that and helped me find more things , I did go back and get her things and my husband shipped them to her , but she did learn a lot this month.

    evrywoman {AT} yahoo {DOT} com
    Twitter: evrywoman

  44. Danyell permalink
    December 27, 2010

    Ooops I didn’t include the link to my blog post.
    Twitter: evrywoman

  45. Alicia permalink
    December 27, 2010

    I have had the talk with my children. I take them shopping with me and show them the value of planning a list and using coupons. I also show them how being fortunate and blessed as we are, that we must donate to others who are not as fortunate.

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