Things Every Child Should Experience

There are so many rich experiences to share with our children and the best part is, they don’t have to cost a lot of money. Let’s check out the a few things every kid should experience.

Being part of a team.  “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. Teamwork, the sweet taste of victory, and the bitterness of defeat are just a few of valuable lessons children can learn from team sports.

Camping. “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” – Author Unknown. Every child deserves the chance to experience nature in its purest form. From hiking and roasting marshmallows, to sleeping under the stars – camping is the stuff of cherished childhood memories.

Chores. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” – Ralph Ransom. A little hard work never hurt anybody. Besides, why should Mom and Dad have all the fun?

Farm life. “Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose.” – Mike Johanns. Every child should witness the hard work and dedication that goes into farm life. Oh, and the smell of cows is a memory they won’t soon forget.

A lemonade stand. “Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else.” – Alan Sugar. Encourage your young entrepreneur at every possible opportunity. Greatness surely awaits those with the fortitude to succeed.

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Nannies Earning Six-Figure Salaries

“Nanny” may not seem like a lucrative job, but there are now some nannies out there making more than a typical Wall Street salary.

Zenaide Muneton, for example, makes $185,000 a year, plus a $3,000-a-month apartment on Central Park West (and a Christmas bonus). That salary rivals the $200,000 some Russian and Chinese families are willing to pay for a top-notch nanny.

So what’s her secret? Writes Adam Davidson: The simple answer is hard work — plus a strange seller’s market that follows a couple of quirky economic principles. A typical high-priced nanny effectively signs her (and they are almost always women) life over to the family she works for. According to Cliff Greenhouse, Pavillion’s president, that kind of commitment is essentially built into the price. Many clients are paying for the privilege of not having to worry about their child’s care, which means never worrying if their nanny has plans. Which, of course, she can’t, pretty much ever.

Plus, while there are plenty of nannies out there, the ones deserving six figures are much harder to come by. And if you want to become a six-figure nanny, Davidson offers a few handy tips: According to Pavillion’s vice president, Seth Norman Greenberg, a nanny increases her market value if she speaks fluent French (or, increasingly, Mandarin); can cook a four-course meal (and, occasionally, macrobiotic dishes); and ride, wash and groom a horse.

Sounds like the kind of person who might have been reared by a very expensive nanny herself.

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