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June 27, 2016

Last week’s family-related news coverage included a discussion of teaching empathy, the mind-body connection when arguing with your spouse, how to pass on good money habits, and the value of establishing an emotional trust fund for your children:

Why Empathy Is the Most Important Skill You Can Teach Your Kids Laura June, NY Magazine, June 20, 2016 In a seemingly uncaring world that has devalued empathy in favor of self-promotion, teaching your children kindness, self-respect, and dignity (even when no one’s looking) is more important than ever.

How You Fight With Your Spouse May Affect Different Body Parts Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, June 23, 2016 Is your high blood pressure, chest pain, back or neck pain because of the fights you’re having with your spouse?

Five Illuminating Takeaways From Your Family Money Letter Ron Lieber, The New York Times, June 24, 2016 When Joe Olivier asked what his niece wanted as a high school graduation present this year, she asked for a couple of thousand dollars in gift cards. She got a letter instead. In that was a to-do list from her doting uncle: Read two books about personal finance that he had sent her, and write a one-page report on each. Then, take an online accounting course and pass its test. Once those tasks were done, only then would he open a checking account in her name and deposit some money.

Investing in An Emotional Trust Fund For Your Children Paul Sullivan, The New York Times, June 24, 2016 Thinking in financial terms when it comes to parental choices could make a difference in shaping children who grow up to lead meaningful lives.

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