Making Your Guidance Counselor Visit Count

Making Your Guidance Counselor Visit Count

There has been a lot of focus on teachers lately, and rightly so.  They are doing a great job, quickly pivoting with the changes recently made to the way our kids learn. What normally would take a year to implement, they are doing in less than a month. I also want to talk about guidance counselors.  Like teachers, they have a lot on their plate and have also had to pivot.  Here are just a few of their responsibilities: testing administering transcripts counseling coordinating with state...

I’m Not Forcing My Kid to Go to College

I’m Not Forcing My Kid to Go to College

During my commute this morning, I was listening to a local radio show. Typically, I only half pay attention to it as I’m driving. BUT, this morning they were talking about a subject that made me pull over and dial in. The host, Bert Weiss, shared that many of his friends are talking their kids OUT of going to college. This concept was mind-blowing for Bert. He had never thought about it because, like many of us, we were told, “you are going to college!”...

Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

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 busy schedules, we need to make sure we’re staying on top of college planning. Here are a few tasks, by grade level, for you what your teen should be focused on now. Seniors Decide where you want to apply and find out...

How to Get Your Teen to Take Accountability

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 can’t lie, I am glad they are going back. I do enjoy the fact that they are learning new things they can share around the dinner table. They are involved in after school activities that help them discover and expand their...

Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

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, to make a smart choice for the college they need to attend choosing a career path is an important step. A recent study found that 2/3 of college grads struggle to launch their career once they graduate. The third that didn’t...

The Why and How of College Essays

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 read my ideas in case you missed it. Let’s talk about why colleges ask applicants to write an essay. Think of a college like a business. They bring in candidates for open positions.  For each position,...

What I Have Learned Working with Teenagers

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 to the workshop because their parent said, "You are doing this." I call these teens a reluctant learner. The parent is frustrated because their child has no idea what they want to do. They want their child to...

Helping Your Child Avoid Being a Straggler After College

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 have the same dreams for your kids and your life? I am sure you do. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for most kids who graduate from college and their parents. Jeff Selingo, an author about...

The High Price of Applying to College

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 goes into just finding the right college.” Let me break it down for you. College admission advisors suggest a child apply to 6 – 8 different schools. This is a combination of stretch, target, and...

Parents, Help Your Child Avoid This Common Mistake

Parents, Help Your Child Avoid This Common Mistake

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer! It’s so nice to relax and take a break from the daily grind of making the bus on time, homework, and being in the car for hours shuttling our kids to different events. I recently posted an article with great tips on what high schoolers should be doing over the summer to prepare for college. You can check it out by clicking here. No matter what grade your high schooler is in, they should be thinking about and researching the colleges or technical...