For many parents, the day your child is born can be the most joyous and fear-filled day of your lives. As booties and bottles are exchanged for bikes and braces, the worries you have about your children may change but they never go away. That's a universal truth all parents understand. That's what led our favorite parents, Kim and Penn Holderness, to write a song about their child growing up. The Back 9 is a musical look back (and forward) for their nine year old daughter — mid-way through her life as a child.
While we all know it is our job as parents to prepare our children to one day launch from our nest and build their own. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when we realize how quickly that day may be coming. It's with that understanding in mind that we created a variety of resources for parents and growing families.
Resources for parents of growing children
Like most people, daily life moves at such a speed that the childhood years speed by all too quickly. One day your child is taking his first steps and then suddenly he is grasping his diploma. And while we may scratch our heads wondering where the time went, the all-too-vivid reality of what has been done (or not done) to prepare for your child's future and your own retirement settles in.
At Protective Life, we've been helping families secure their futures for more than a century. During that time, we've compiled a lot of information and resources. We present some of that information here in hopes that we can help you as well:
- How much do kids cost?
You can't measure the worth of a child. Their love, their energy and the joy they bring are worth every sacrifice. But the truth is that having a child is also expensive and requires planning.
- Seven smart money things to do when you're having a baby
A baby is more than new cribs and tiny clothes, there is a business side to building your family as well. From budget impacts to changing financial goals, it all arrives with your bundle of joy.
- How much should I save for college?
With rising college tuition costs, can you be sure you are saving enough for your child's education? There are some valuable strategies to consider when making a college savings plan.
If you enjoyed the Holderness Family take on parenthood, you might also enjoy their take on a romantic love song.
Are you a parent in the Front 9 or the Back 9? Tell us what milestones were your favorites or which ones make you the most nervous by using the hashtag #LoveAndProtect. And let us know if there are other resources you'd like to see us create.