The Most Important Investment for Your Teen

The Most Important Investment for Your Teen

I was chatting with parents who are thinking of having me help their son, Sean. He is a senior in high school and has no firm plans on what to do after graduation. Currently, he is thinking of applying to college because his friends are. He would get a business degree because that is a good "general' degree. Sean is also considering going to trade school.  Sean's parents feel anxious about his future, with good reason. All these years leading up to the final finish line - - providing their...

Easy Tips To Help Your Teen Navigate High School

Easy Tips To Help Your Teen Navigate High School

School is beginning to start across the country. Parents and kids are attending sneak-a-peaks and orientations. The school's individual Facebook groups have many questions from anxious parents whose kids are just starting to participate in middle or high school. I giggled when some middle school parents were asking questions like, "Does my kid get snack time?" and "I don't see P.E. on their schedule. Do they get to go outside every day?"  These questions are a stark contrast to the questions...

How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

Do you have an extra 200 hours in your life? I don't. Does your teen? Probably not. Yet, that is how much time you should allow for the college application process. These hours do not include visiting colleges, researching majors, or SAT/ACT prep. These 200 hours are just the time it takes to write essays, fill out the applications, gather financial information, complete supplemental essays, and much more. I get stressed just thinking about it! If you have a very organized teen who stays on...

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

One of the biggest questions I get from parents is, what should my teen have on their college application to help them stand out from the thousands of other applicants? What are the "magic" words or activities that will increase their chances of getting accepted?  Unfortunately, no magic word or particular activity will have the admissions person say, "Yes, this is the one we have been looking for to come to our school!" It will vary by college, and it can vary from year to year, depending on...

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

At this point in the school year, the high school hustle and bustle is in full swing. As parents, 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 their application deadlines Obtain letters of...

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're probably wondering, when will they decide what to do after high school? What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a college major if your teen has no idea what career they want. Yet to pick the right college, choosing a career path is an important step. A recent study found that two-thirds of college students struggle to launch their careers after graduation. The third that were successful knew their major when they...

The Why and How of College Essays

The Why and How of College Essays

In my previous blog, Motiving Your Resistant Teen to Write Their College Essay, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their 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. 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, they...

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