We recently took our young boys on our first ever 10-day vacation. First, let me say, I prescribe this to any and every family. In the computer age, we’re never far from work, and especially in the self-employed, just launched a website and blog, state, I’m constantly connected. Anyhow, I digress. Armed with spreadsheets, kid-friendly tourist guides, and my husband’s invaluable GPS, we had an incredible time. I wanted to share a vacation strategy to help fellow moms. We gave each kid a budget before we left. The amount is discretionary, of course, but we presented it with a fun poem about the wonderful adventures they were about to experience, and told them we’d keep track of their $40 budget, and that they were in complete control. It is a great way to teach money management to young ones, and to avoid being the heavy at every request. You could see them weighing options, wondering about what the next souvenir shop might hold, and wondering if something was worth it or not. Choices, choices!