Parenting on a budget

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, explains how it doesn't take a lot of money to be a good parent and recommends some fun activities for parents to do with their kids that don't cost anything
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Many parents are struggling economically now and find that they are on a limited budget. It doesn't take a lot of money to be a good parent. It's helpful to have money to pay for housing and clothes, the basics. We all need that. After a certain point, money does not bring happiness. What it takes to be a good parent is to think about what your child needs. Your child needs time for play. They need for you to be patient. They need physical contact and love. They need a home that's peaceful. They need parents that are happy. If you have a limited budget, think about popping popcorn, making art with old magazines, taking walks in nature. Remember, your children won't remember that fancy dress you got them, but they will remember you making that Halloween costume and putting on face makeup. The things that don't cost a lot.

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, explains how it doesn't take a lot of money to be a good parent and recommends some fun activities for parents to do with their kids that don't cost anything

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Rona Renner, RN

Parent Educator

Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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