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 subconsciously, Amy's words struck a chord, and maybe more so now when we as parents consistently face 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 will we navigate the school year when there are still questions to be answered? I tell myself, "I...

Four Ways To Keep Your Tween Busy Over the Summer

Four Ways To Keep Your Tween Busy Over the Summer

Raise your hand if you are ready for May to be done. If you are like me, your May was filled with many end-of-school-year events, graduation parties, sports events, award banquets, and so on, and so on…. In the midst of my crazy schedule, I realized I didn’t have a full plan on how to keep kids busy over the summer. I had two weeks booked with vacation and an overnight scout camp. But what would I do with the other six weeks of summer break? I wasn’t about to have them become zombies by...

How to Find the Right Fit, Right Price College

How to Find the Right Fit, Right Price College

Choosing which colleges to apply to depends upon two factors. You want to find a school that is the right fit and at the right price. The good news is that there are over 5,000 colleges and universities in the US from which your teen can choose. The bad news is that there are over 5,000 schools from which your teen can choose. How do you narrow it down? If you are like me, you get overwhelmed just picking out a wall color when there are so many different shades of gray. The thought of helping...

The Cost of College – Sticker Price vs. Net Price

The Cost of College – Sticker Price vs. Net Price

Despite a long-term increase, college enrollment has fallen over the past decade. There's a widespread perception that college tuition is too expensive. For most of the US, college tuition has outpaced inflation. Blame has been placed on a decline in state aid to colleges, as well as an increase in administrative staff. More employees = more costs.  As a parent, you can’t stop colleges from raising prices, but you can better understand what components make up the overall cost and how to reduce...

Changing Majors: Why It’s A Big Deal and How To Avoid It

Changing Majors: Why It’s A Big Deal and How To Avoid It

I received an email from a father whose son is in college and has already changed his major three times and is in his fifth year of college. Yet the son still hasn’t found the right major. The father is lost on how to help his son and needs some guidance.  The impact of changing majors is much bigger now than when we went to school. I changed my major in college and still graduated in four years. That’s not the case not now.  Recent research shows that college students change their major up to...

Analyzing the ROI of Your Teen’s College Options

Analyzing the ROI of Your Teen’s College Options

If you follow my posts, you know that the higher education industry is a big business. Colleges are not-for-profit, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make one. It simply means they don’t have shareholders to whom they report their profits.  Did you know in Germany, education is free? In the UK, higher education pricing is capped at $12,000, including schools like Oxford and Cambridge. In the United States, colleges do not have price control, and the prices just keep climbing. College costs,...

Helping Your Teen Hone Their Interview Skills

Helping Your Teen Hone Their Interview Skills

Lately, I've shared a lot of networking tips for teens and the importance of crafting a high school resume. If you missed those articles, check them out here. The next step for students is to prepare for the big interview. Keep in mind that interviews are not only for jobs but for internships, college admissions, and scholarships.  Here are some tips to share with your teen on how to prepare for an interview: Research the company, college, or scholarship - identify their mission or purpose and...

Creating a Solid Student Resume

Creating a Solid Student Resume

A high school resume is a valuable tool for students when applying to college or for a job or internship. College admissions and future employers are very interested in students' high school resumes because they provide a good glimpse of what the teen has to offer. What should be included on a student’s resume if they are just working a part-time job and playing sports? A high schooler's resume will look different from an adult's as they do not have as much work experience. Here are the...

The Art of Professional Networking for Teens

The Art of Professional Networking for Teens

Adults know that networking is key in life. It opens doors, builds self-confidence, and creates long-term relationships. For teens, networking allows them to meet people in their field of choice, learn more about careers and get a chance to job shadow and intern. However, networking is a foreign concept to most teens and is not taught in school. It’s up to parents to teach their teens how to network effectively. The first step is to figure out who you know. Brainstorm a list with your teen of...

Summer Career Exploration Options for Teens

Summer Career Exploration Options for Teens

Our kids are on the downward slope of this school year. Summer break will be here before we know it, and NOW is the time to start planning. Hopefully, your summer will include some fun family activities. Summer break can also be an excellent time for your teen to explore career interests. There are various ways your teen can explore different careers over the summer. Some options are:  Volunteer - for example, if they have an interest in working with animals, they can volunteer at a local...

College Degree vs. A Trade – Which Choice is Right?

College Degree vs. A Trade – Which Choice is Right?

When we think of someone working in the trades, we often picture a blue-collar worker with a lower pay grade. The entertainment industry and media always seem to portray it this way. Those with college degrees live in a nice big house with a manicured lawn. They go on fancy trips and dine at the finest restaurants. A tradesperson is often portrayed as having a large family with a tiny house, living paycheck to paycheck. It’s no wonder why we fear our kid's future if they don’t go into college....

Accepting That College Isn’t In Your Teen’s Future

Accepting That College Isn’t In Your Teen’s Future

When our kids are born, we start thinking about who they will become in the future. We all have these dreams of our kids going to college, graduating with a job lined up - - maybe as a doctor, lawyer, or accountant. We start savings accounts like 529 plans when they are young to help pay for college.  As our kids enter high school, you start hearing other parents talk about college tours, their kids' excellent SAT scores, and their acceptance into different colleges. Meanwhile, you struggle to...

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