Family Fundamentals

Family Fundamentals: Know warning signs of depression, suicide (for August 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Know warning signs of depression, suicide (for August 2014)

How do you tell the difference between normal feelings of sadness and actually being depressed or suicidal? When should you seek help?

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Family Fundamentals: Learn the ABCs of IRAs before investing (July 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Learn the ABCs of IRAs before investing (July 2014)

Every month, we put some money into a traditional 401K for retirement, but we wonder if we should start putting some of that money into a Roth IRA instead. What are the pros and cons?

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Family Fundamentals: Keep kids active and thinking during summer (June 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Keep kids active and thinking during summer (June 2014)

I’ve never wanted to “over-involve” my children in too many organized activities, but this summer they don’t seem to be interested in doing much of anything except playing video games and watching television. I don’t want them to waste the entire summer, but I’m out of ideas. Any suggestions?

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Family Fundamentals: Know risks before you decide to co-sign on a loan (May 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Know risks before you decide to co-sign on a loan (May 2014)

Some good friends asked us to co-sign on a loan to allow them to get a lower interest rate. They said they won’t have any problem making payments (especially with the lower rate). My husband and I disagree about this. Where can we find information about the risks we’d be taking on?

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Family Fundamentals: Resilient families better able to cope with crisis  (4/2014)

Family Fundamentals: Resilient families better able to cope with crisis (4/2014)

We know two families who are dealing with a serious illness of one of their family members. One family appears to coping well, while the other seems to be in a tailspin. Are there certain strategies a family can take to help them get through such a situation?

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Family Fundamentals: Organize financial records in case of emergency (March 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Organize financial records in case of emergency (March 2014)

A friend’s father passed away last year. She later remarked that it was a big relief to find he had left his financial records organized and easy for her to find. I’m single and live far from family, so I’d like to make sure my papers are organized, too, just in case. How should I begin?

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Family Fundamentals: Examine decision to live together beforehand (2/2014)

Family Fundamentals: Examine decision to live together beforehand (2/2014)

Does living together before marriage help or hurt a relationship?

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Family Fundamentals: Know how long you need to store tax records

Family Fundamentals: Know how long you need to store tax records

I’m starting to collect the documents I need to file taxes this year, and I noticed we still have tax records for the past decade in our files. How long do we need to keep them?

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Family Fundamentals: Ideas can help family enjoy true meaning of holidays (12/13)

Family Fundamentals: Ideas can help family enjoy true meaning of holidays (12/13)

This year, we’re trying to help our kids focus on the non-commercial, non-consumer aspects of Christmas, but we seem to be having trouble getting the message through to them. Any ideas?

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Family Fundamentals: Get ready for 2014, organize tax records now (11/2013)

Family Fundamentals: Get ready for 2014, organize tax records now (11/2013)

I keep all of our donation receipts in a manila envelope to make it easy to figure our charitable contribution at tax time. But I don’t really have a system for organizing other tax-related records. Any ideas?

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Family Fundamentals: School policies can help prevent bullying (10/13)

Family Fundamentals: School policies can help prevent bullying (10/13)

I’m concerned that my daughter’s middle school isn’t addressing bullying very effectively. What sorts of things should schools be doing to reduce the problem?

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Family Fundamentals: Ohio Saves can help you with savings goals (September 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Ohio Saves can help you with savings goals (September 2013)

I had high hopes in January that we would build up our emergency fund to a respectable amount by the end of the year. Although we’ve made some progress, we haven’t been keeping on track. How can we do better in the future?

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Family Fundamentals: Establish routines to ease back into school schedule (August 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Establish routines to ease back into school schedule (August 2013)

It’s back-to-school time. I think I dread it more than the kids do because it’s always such a struggle to get them back into a routine after summer break. What can I do differently this year to help things go more smoothly?

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Family Fundamentals: Budget for basics for back-to-school items (July 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Budget for basics for back-to-school items (July 2013)

We’ve had some unanticipated expenses this summer, so we’re looking for ways to trim spending on back-to-school clothes and other items. Any tips? We have three children, in elementary, middle and high school.

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Family Fundamentals: Reading to infants provides good base for literacy (June 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Reading to infants provides good base for literacy (June 2013)

I’m a new mom, and I always thought I would enjoy reading to my baby from day one. But I find I feel silly reading to him (he’s now 6 weeks old), because it’s obvious he doesn’t yet understand the story. Should I keep at it, or wait until he’s older?

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