Christmas

5 Steps to a Happy Holiday Season

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to take some time to be with family and friends! Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, and we are properly stuffed full of turkey and pumpkin pie, it also means the race to Christmas is on. Christmas has always been magical to me, but it is also a busy and stressful time of the year for many of us too.

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A Thanksgiving Message
The Heavy Purse

A Thanksgiving Message of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a family-favorite holiday as gratitude and a commitment to sharing are strong family values in the Ryan home. Giving thanks is one of our core beliefs and a practice we demonstrate every day. When I sit down on Thanksgiving, to enjoy a meal surrounded by my loved ones, I feel such gratitude to have all these wonderful people in my life and the chance to break bread with

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Blog Round-Up: Thanksgiving Edition
Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Thanksgiving Edition

November is one of my favorite months because we celebrate two of my favorite things — my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving. Gratitude is a big part of my life and one of things that I am most grateful for is my eldest daughter, Lauren. She is quickly approaching those teen years, which is a tiny bit scary, but she amazes me every day and I love her deeply. She, of

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Money and Your Finances: How Do They Affect You?
Emotional Competence

7 Emotions and Their Affect On Your Finances

One basic principle that can help everyone manage their finances better is understanding money is emotional. It was one of the very first lessons my father taught me because he knew I needed to be able to recognize when my emotions were interfering with my ability to make value-based decisions, thus slowing down or preventing goal achievement. Thanks to my father’s guidance, I have a very good grasp on my

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Part 4: Parents Guide to Raising Financially Confident Kids | www.TheHeavyPurse.com
Children and Money

Part 4: Guide to Financially Confident Kids

I hope my Guide to Raising Financially Confident Kids has given you the confidence to start talking to your kids about money. If doing so is new to you and your family, it can feel strange at first. Give it some time and the talks will become increasingly easy and natural. More importantly, your family will benefit tremendously from having open conversations around money. Because every child grows up to

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Children and Money

Part 3: How To Raise Financially Confident Kids

There are many things that make me proud of my family, including that money has never been a taboo topic in our home. Now some of you may think because I’m a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) that money would never have been a taboo topic in our home, so it’s not a huge achievement. Not true. Sure, I can talk about complex investment strategies with the girls, which has proven

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Children and Money

Part 2: Parents Guide to Raise Financially Confident Kids

On Monday, I began my guide to raising financially confident kids by focusing on breaking some popular money myths and laying down the ground-work as to how financial literacy benefits our children. Today, we going take a deep dive into talking to kids, young and old, about money. While I recommend starting these conversations when your children are toddlers, it’s never too late to start.

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Your Guide to Raising Financially Confident Kids | www.TheHeavyPurse.com
Children and Money

Your Guide to Raising Financially Confident Kids: Part 1

You learn a lot about human nature when you witness firsthand how people perceive money. How their perceptions, whether real or not, color how they think about and use their money. There are many reasons why some people have a better relationship with money than others. And it doesn’t just boil down to who has the most either. Yes, if you are struggling to pay your bills and to keep

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Shannon Ryan SHANNON RYAN, CFP®
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    "As a Certified Financial Planner, it is my passion to help individuals and families build a healthy relationship with money. I look forward to helping you raise financially confident kids.” - Shannon Ryan
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