Are Navigating the High School Years with Your Teen Causing You Angst?

Are Navigating the High School Years with Your Teen Causing You Angst?

Navigating high school is a crucial phase for teens, and as parents, your guidance plays a pivotal role. Here, we present straightforward strategies to help your teen explore career options effectively: Self-Discovery  Encourage your teen to understand their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and values using tools like personality tests or simple conversations. Expand Horizons Expose your teen to various careers through discussions, documentaries, and articles to make informed decisions....

A New Chapter: Embracing Your Teen’s Unique Post-Graduation Journey

A New Chapter: Embracing Your Teen’s Unique Post-Graduation Journey

As parents, the high school graduation of our teens marks a milestone filled with pride, excitement, and a touch of apprehension. This pivotal moment propels our adolescents from the structured realm of education into the vast possibilities of adulthood, where they eagerly forge their unique paths. Yet, this transition can stir tension when our expectations diverge from their aspirations. Here's a guide to managing these expectations and supporting your teen through this crucial phase....

A Parent’s Guide to High School Academic Advisement for Your Teen

A Parent’s Guide to High School Academic Advisement for Your Teen

Recently, my teen's school counseling department offered invaluable advisement sessions. These one-on-one meetings with counselors are key checkpoints in our teens' complex high school journey, setting the stage for the second half of the year. As parents, preparing and supporting our teens is pivotal for their educational and personal growth. Here's how you can help your teen maximize these opportunities: 1. Understand the Counselor's Role: Beyond class scheduling, counselors are resources...

Harvesting Dreams: Stress-Free Career Conversations with High Schoolers

Harvesting Dreams: Stress-Free Career Conversations with High Schoolers

Thanksgiving is a cherished time for family gatherings and gratitude. It also presents a unique opportunity for high school parents to have meaningful discussions about their teen's future, particularly regarding career choices. While these conversations hold immense potential for guidance and mutual understanding, they can sometimes become sources of stress and tension. In this blog post, we'll explore effective strategies for transforming these discussions into productive and harmonious...

Alleviating Unnecessary Stress: A Future Planning Guide for Parents and Teens

Alleviating Unnecessary Stress: A Future Planning Guide for Parents and Teens

Navigating the teenage years is already fraught with unique challenges – from identity crises to peer pressures. Add to that the looming anxiety of "What's next?" it's no wonder both parents and teens feel overwhelmed. Here's a guide to help parents support their teens in planning for the future without unnecessary stress. 1. Open Up The Conversation Begin by engaging in open and honest conversations. It's essential to understand that this isn't about you imposing your ambitions but rather...

A Detailed Walkthrough on Completing the FAFSA

A Detailed Walkthrough on Completing the FAFSA

In our recent blog post, "Demystifying FAFSA for Parents: Everything You Need to Know," we laid the groundwork for understanding the significance and basics of FAFSA. Today's post will build upon that knowledge and walk you through filling out the FAFSA. From gathering the necessary documents to navigating the sections of the application, we aim to make this essential task as straightforward as possible. You may have heard or experienced that filling out the FAFSA form takes hours. The good...

Why People Hire Me

Why People Hire Me

As a parent, you know that helping your teen plan their path after high school can be overwhelming and complex. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than one-third of college students change their majors, leading to additional time and cost. Moreover, a lack of guidance in high school toward the student's passions and interests can result in additional general education courses. The anxiety of making the right decision for your teen’s future can be daunting. ...

Demystifying FAFSA for Parents: Everything You Need to Know

As a parent, preparing for your teen's higher education can be as exciting as it is daunting. One of the most crucial aspects of this preparation is understanding how to finance this education. That's where FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – comes in. If you've never heard of it or have only a vague idea of what it is, you're in the right place. What is FAFSA? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's the primary form that the federal government,...

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I highly recommend My Ideal College to anyone with a high schooler. My daughter went from having no idea what she might like to do after high school to feeling confident about what path she wants to take. With the high cost of college, it is well worth this investment. I've talked to many parents whose child went into the wrong field of study and ended up wasting a lot of time and money. Laurie is amazing with teens and has created such a great program that helps take away some of the...

Here’s to Your Teen’s Triumphant Journey to Success!

Time is ticking away! The college application deadline is drawing near, and your high school senior is on the verge of something incredible. Don't stress, though—it's not a race against the clock, but an opportunity to craft an extraordinary college essay that can change the game! Here are some invaluable tips that will give your senior's essay the edge: Go Beyond the Prompt While it's essential to address the question, the real purpose of the essay is for admissions officers to know the...