Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Welcome to the MoneyTrail Blog!

So…I have been saying for a few months that I wanted a blog to go along with our MoneyTrail website.   I have been writing down ideas every time the light bulb goes off and we finally got the design finished for the blog today!  The kids are in bed, the dishes are done and I am ready to write my very first entry.  Guess what?  I don’t know what to write!  And…I am choosing to ignore the grin on my husband’s face at the moment.

Let’s just start with the basics.  My name is Pam.   My husband and I are the creators and owners of MoneyTrail, an allowance and money management website for teens and families.  We have four great kids, one girl and three boys.  Their ages range from 7 – 17.  To round out our crazy household, we have a 55 lb. Wheaten Terrier named Rascal.  Believe me, he lives up to his name. 

I have been a stay at home mom for 14 years (wow, just saying that makes me feel kinda old!) and was an elementary school teacher and day care director before that.  My husband, Frank, is a computer programmer and has been working in the software industry for 20 years.   One of the parenting challenges that we have encountered over the years has been keeping track of allowances and IOUs.   We also want our children to have smart money skills and eventually grow into financially responsible adults.  The creation of MoneyTrail has been a fun combination of our strengths and our goals for our kids.  I am hoping that this blog becomes an extension of MoneyTrail and adds our voice, and yours, to the financial literacy community.

When I think about what I want this blog to convey, the first thing that pops to my mind is to make this a fun, informative place for parents to read and chat about kids and money --- how to help our kids learn the value of a dollar, new ideas for activities or systems to try with your family, current news about financial literacy and simple observations from this Mom’s perspective.  I hope you will comment on the entries and help me create a great conversation.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure!  Please comment and let me know a little about yourself.



  1. Excellent advice from the youth. If only we adults could follow these simple rules!

  2. Pam,

    I really respect what you and Frank are doing by leveraging your skills, experience, and passions to promote financial literacy education for all children.

    Welcome to the community and best of luck in your efforts.


  3. Bill,

    Thanks for your kind words. I have great respect for what you have done as well. It is wonderful to see such a strong community growing in the effort to educate our children.

    Looking forward to great conversations and increasing the awareness of financial literacy!

    Take care,