Keep it simple ….

By Mr Chaos on May 5, 2021 in Family, Finance, Living Abroad

As a family of 6, we’ve learnt the importance of keeping things simple. That’s not to say we’re always successful, but we try to apply it to all areas of our lives, particularly personal finance. ‘Keep it simple’ was what came to mind when I spoke recently with some friends looking for financial advice. Let’s call them Peter and Susan* (I’ve just finished reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to our kids).

Why didn’t I discover financial independence earlier in life?

By Mr Chaos on April 28, 2021 in Finance

A common lament I hear from fellow cult advocates of the financial independence (FI) movement is that they didn’t discover financial independence until later in life. I can relate, having come across it in my 40s.

We tell ourselves that if we’d come across these principles 20 years ago, we’d be financially independent and pursuing our passions like writing a family blog having the time to be better parents.

Why should I learn about personal finance?

By Mr Chaos on April 23, 2021 in Finance

Hands up who wants to learn about personal finance? Kinda pointless question as I’m sure you’re ALL putting your hands up. And by all, I meant our three readers. If we count both our mothers.

In all seriousness, surveys like THIS one, show that at least half of us struggle explaining concepts like interest and pensions. And this is hardly surprising given the lack of education we get on these topics at school.

DIY injuries for kids

By Mrs Chaos on February 23, 2021 in Family

Disclaimer: This article is about the minor trauma that comes from injuries to kids as a result of raising rambunctious children with a penchant for danger and a lack of parental supervision. This is definitely NOT real trauma like losing a loved one or having a life-changing injury. And please note that nothing in this post is meant to actually constitute medical advice. ALWAYS consult your medical practitioner.

Homeschooling Lessons From Lockdown(Up) – Part 2

By Mr Chaos on April 16, 2020 in Family, Just For Laughs

Last week I shared some of the lessons we’ve learned from our first few weeks as prison guards homeschooling parents during lockdown. I ran out of space to share all of our mistakes lessons.

But I also didn’t share some of the things that are going well. So whilst I may share a few more of our ‘challenges’, I wanted to focus today on some of the homeschool wins.