Motivating Your Teen to Take Action on Their Future

Motivating Your Teen to Take Action on Their Future

Over the past few weeks, I have discussed how to prepare for and have productive conversations with your teen about their future while avoiding resistance. If you missed these blog posts, you can access them here and here. These posts are must-reads before you take the next step. These conversations will lead to hundreds of ideas and thoughts that will require action items for your teen to figure things out. Although they are making good progress to find the best future path, it can be...

Three Topics to Brainstorm with Your Teen

Three Topics to Brainstorm with Your Teen

The pressure of trying to figure out what you want to do with your life can be overwhelming for anyone. I know some adults who are still trying to figure it out.  Imagine being a teen. They have the structure of going to school, doing homework and activities, having summers off, and so forth. They are accustomed to parents, teachers, or coaches telling them what to do. Then, as their high school years come to an end, they are left with the question - - what’s next? What do I want to do now?...

Discussing Your Teen’s Future While Avoiding the Eye-Rolls

Discussing Your Teen’s Future While Avoiding the Eye-Rolls

With a new year comes setting goals and expectations for the coming months. Making a plan is especially important for your high schooler. Those four years fly by, and you don’t want them heading into senior year with panic and anxiety trying to figure out what to do after graduation. The first step is to have a conversation with your teen. But how can you do this so it doesn’t make them shut down or roll their eyes? Here are things you need to do to prepare for that conversation with your...

How to Help Your Teen Avoid a Career Crisis

How to Help Your Teen Avoid a Career Crisis

Every single time I introduce myself to someone, I always hear, “I wish I had known you when I was in high school!” OR “I wish I had known you when my kids were in high school!”  Why are they saying this? Because they spent years drifting through college and life trying to figure out what to do. They would start one path, realize it wasn’t the right fit and start in a new direction. Then that wouldn’t work, and they would pivot again. Many young adults redirect several times until they,...

Important Insights on Choosing a College

Important Insights on Choosing a College

As parents, we want our kids to have a career they love, yet we also want them to be able to live on their own and pay the bills. Research shows if your job contains at least 75% of what you naturally like to do, you will be THREE TIMES more successful. How do we accomplish this? How do we know, especially as a teen, that a specific career will bring that success?  We only know our interests based on exposure. We try to get our kids involved in many different activities to help them find their...

Should My Teen Take the SAT?

Should My Teen Take the SAT?

Now that many colleges are going test-optional, parents and teens wonder if they should be concerned about taking the SAT or ACT. Especially if their teen has good grades but performs poorly on standardized tests. Is it worth the risk? Is it worth the extra time and effort to study?  The answer is yes if they plan on going to college.  If colleges were not going to consider SAT or ACT scores in the application process, then they would say, “We no longer accept test scores in the admissions...

How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

How the Fortune Cookie Business is Solving Student Debt

I love fortune cookies and the surprise and anticipation of what it's going to tell me. If you are like me, you may try to make it seem true. This week, I had a fortune cookie that read, "You could prosper in the field of engineering." Wow! That's pretty direct, I thought. I wonder if the fortune cookie business realizes how many teens and college students end up on the wrong path and in huge debt that they decided to help out. Maybe other fortunes say, "You could prosper in Human Resources"...

Why Sending Your Teen to a Community College Can Save You Thousands

Why Sending Your Teen to a Community College Can Save You Thousands

Footing the bill for your child's college education is certainly one of the most expensive joys of being a parent. However, many parents now are nearly slashing those expenses in half by sending their teen to a local community college for the first two years of their college career, and later switching to a four-year college to complete their Bachelor's degree. How can a community college save you a bundle? 1.    Tuition. According to an article published by US News, the average annual cost of...

How To Instantly Cause Your Teen To Resist

How To Instantly Cause Your Teen To Resist

A parent’s role is to help guide our kids into becoming thoughtful, self-sufficient, successful adults. We have years of successes, challenges, and failures to share in hopes our kids take our wisdom to heart and act on it. Yet we are often met with eye rolls or hearing statements like “I know mom” or “Times are not like when you were growing up.”  If you think about it, you probably did the same thing, at least occasionally, when your parents did this. I know I did. There is one phrase that...

A Big Mistake Parents Make with Teens

A Big Mistake Parents Make with Teens

One day, I was talking with a dad about the work I do. He said, what you do is great, but I am putting all my money and effort into getting my son, Sam, into the University of Georgia. Hmm, why UGA? He said, because it’s a great school, well known, and it will look good on his resume. You’re right; it is a great school and well known. What is Sam going to major in? The dad said I don’t know…that doesn’t matter right now.  Sam can figure it out once he gets there. Plus, he will be influenced by...

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