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...

Why College Grads Struggle

Why College Grads Struggle

Someone said to me, "I think we need to stop pressuring kids to pick a path at 18. Take general courses, then find your passion. I was 40 before I finished my degree and determined what I wanted to do.” I agree we don't need to pressure our teens. However, the reality is times are very different than when we went to school.   A friend of mine has a niece, Jill, who was adamant that she wanted to go to school to be a cosmetologist. Jill wouldn’t entertain the idea of anything else. After...

The Future is Figureoutable

The Future is Figureoutable

My friend Amy recently shared with me that she tells her kids, “Everything is figureoutable.” With most things in life, you can figure out a solution. While I knew this on a subconscious level, Amy’s words struck a chord with me. Maybe more so now when we as parents are consistently hit with decisions we have to make. Do we let our kids hang out with friends during the pandemic?Should I let them go to the pool?How are we going to navigate this upcoming school year when there are still...

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

A worried mom, Ruth, recently reached out to me. She said, “Our daughter, Hasana is a junior at the University of Georgia. She hates her classes and wants to drop out. We want her to get a degree, but we are at a loss on how to help her. We have already invested thousands of dollars into her college education.” As a parent, I felt my stomach turn. No parent wants to hear this from their kid. All the hours and money spent finding and applying to colleges, thinking you had set up your teen for...

How Picking a College is Like Disney+

How Picking a College is Like Disney+

I have been waiting for months for this week to come. The launch of Disney+! Opening the app on my TV felt like I was opening a present on Christmas morning. All the movies that have been in the Disney “vault” were finally at my disposal – Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast. OH MY! I was so excited that I posted about it on Facebook. Then guess what happened…. I froze. I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t decide. I spent a good 30 minutes just delving into the app to see what was...

How To Approach College Admissions After the Scandal

How To Approach College Admissions After the Scandal

It’s been a week since the college admissions scandal first made the news. When I first heard about it, I didn’t want to believe it. I thought something can’t be right. I couldn’t imagine actresses like Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin would bribe and cheat to get their kids into college. Then I heard about the recordings and what was documented from them.  I realized this was true. Was I shocked this happened? No, but typically parents would give a large donation to a college to ensure...

My Child’s Journey to Find His Ideal College

My Child’s Journey to Find His Ideal College

I am a mom of two boys, Donnie and Thomas. Donnie is a sophomore in high school. Thomas is in 6th grade. I am walking down the same path as many parents of high schoolers in helping Donnie find his ideal college. I thought I would share with you my journey. I have the same hopes and dreams for my kids as you do. We want our children to succeed. We want to feel relieved, assured and confident about our child’s future. We envision a life for them where they are pursuing a college education for a...