Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

For many of us, either our teens are already in school or just about to start. Once it begins, we get into the hustle and bustle of our regular routines. We make sure our teens get to school, take them to band or sports practices, and ensure they get their homework done. Amid our...

Why Teens Must Determine Their Future

In one of my recent posts, I shared how we help teens identify careers that they will love. This will help them find the right college for them. Someone commented, “I think we need to stop pressuring kids to pick a path at 18. Take general courses, then find your passion. I was 40...

How to Get Your Teen to Take Accountability

My son woke up and said with a sigh, “It’s the last day of summer vacation.” Then he followed up with, “thank God for weekends.” As a parent, I am a little sad that summer break is over. I like being able to spend time together and the flexible schedule summer provides. But I...

Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

Your teen’s high school days seem to be flying by and like me, you are wondering when they will decide their plans after high school. What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a major if your teen has no idea what career they seem themselves in down the road. Yet,...

The Why and How of College Essays

Last week, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their college essay. I fully empathize with these teens, as writing does not come naturally to me. Remember, the process doesn’t have to start with a blank screen or a piece of paper. You can click here to...

Motivating Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay

It’s time to start putting together everything you need for college applications – high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, lists of all the volunteer and paid jobs, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, copies of driver’s license and social security card, medical records, college aid forms, etc. Getting this information can be time-consuming but...

Summertime is Memory Time

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year now. This summer seems to be going by at lightning speed. For some families, school just ended a couple of weeks ago. But for many of us, school starts again in less than a month. I have enjoyed seeing my friends share their...

What I Have Learned Working with Teenagers

Yesterday, I held one of my College and Career Action Planning for Teens Workshop. I always feel such joy when I see a teenager get excited. The look of excitement when they start seeing and planning their path of what they will do after high school. Let me be real, though. Most kids come...

Helping Your Child Avoid Being a Straggler After College

I have dreams for my kids and my life. I envision them happily graduating from high school, then attending college which launches them into a career that they thrive in. They are living on their own, making money, and enjoying life. My husband and I are happy and enjoying our retirement years. Do you...

The High Price of Applying to College

When we think of college planning, we think about saving for tuition, textbooks, or living expenses. What I am focusing on is when it’s time to actually identify, visit, and apply to college. I hear from parents who have been through the process who say, “I wish someone had told me how much money...

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