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...

Paul K.

Laurie did an excellent job simplifying and talking through the topics that all of us parents wrestle with.

Candace Holmes

Let me tell you! Navigating college applications and essays for your high school senior while working full-time plus having other responsibilities is no laughing matter. Before working with Laurie and her team, I was super stressed out about my daughter's college admissions applications and associated essays. Making sure that she kept on top of those deadlines, including scholarships and grants, was way too much for me, especially knowing how our children don't always listen to what we, as...

Jenny Smith

Laurie helped my daughter, who is a rising high school senior, and I go through a process together which was extremely helpful in her decision on what occupation, college degree, and which colleges she wants to pursue. It has given her confidence in her direction and she is truly excited about her post-high school future instead of anxious about overwhelming decisions in an unknown direction. Thank you, Laurie, for using your expertise to help me have some peace of mind and to help my daughter...

How Can a 17-Year-Old Possibly Know Which Career They Want?

How Can a 17-Year-Old Possibly Know Which Career They Want?

I recently met a mom whose son is starting his first year in college. I congratulated her on his accomplishments. Then I asked out of curiosity, “What’s he majoring in?”  She replied, “Oh, we don’t know. Plus, how can a 17-year-old know what career they want?”  Actually, it is very much possible for them to know, and I have the answer. Many teens don’t know what to study in college. It’s been that way for a long time. Some of us got lucky when we were teens and stumbled upon our...

Were You in the Longest Line?

Were You in the Longest Line?

My family and I recently attended our sophomore’s high school open house. Even though this was the sixth open house I had attended, I felt a bit overwhelmed. The cafeteria was quite crowded, with families going in all directions. Several booths were set up, and mobs of people were waiting to talk to someone at every booth. Some of the stations to visit were: Counselors PTA Sign Up Sports Passes Cafeteria Accounts STEM Academy Registration I have to say, though, that I breathed a huge sigh of...

An Honest Assessment of Your Post-High School Planning

An Honest Assessment of Your Post-High School Planning

It’s hard to believe that summer break will soon come to an end for most families. As the start of a new school year gets closer, we wonder where the time went and think about all the things we wanted to do over the summer. If you follow my posts, you know I talked about how summertime is the perfect time to work on post-high school planning.  Maybe you had the best intentions this summer: tour college campuses, write the application essay, research career options, and so on. But as always,...

Guiding Your Teen to Their Future

Guiding Your Teen to Their Future

My younger son has a learner’s driving permit. When we go out, he always asks, "Can I drive?" He is eager to be on his own, and it’s no secret that he is a planner. He already has plans A, B, and C for his future, which includes college. And he is confident in the career he wants to pursue. On the other hand, my 19-year-old son is very different. He graduated from high school and went into the Marine reserves. We knew forcing him to go to college would not have been good for him. He decided to...

Identifying Your Teen’s Greatest Strengths

Identifying Your Teen’s Greatest Strengths

Teenagers are almost halfway through summer break. For rising seniors, it's time to start preparing for college applications if that's their plan. While most applications are due in January or February, some colleges have early deadlines in October. The one thing college-bound teens should not put off is writing their application essays. College admissions officers say it takes an average of two months to write an essay from start to finish. October sounds like a long way off, but the time to...

A Debt-Free Approach to Higher Education

A Debt-Free Approach to Higher Education

In previous articles, I talked about how summertime is the best time to work on planning your teen’s future. There are many different tasks you and your teen can take on. Click here to read Post-High School Planning: What Your Teen Needs to Do Now, where I share several ideas. An important step in planning is to determine how you’re going to pay for your teen’s post-secondary education. A parent reached out to me after her teen got accepted to her dream school, asking for my help with finding...

Post-High School Planning: What Your Teen Needs to Do Now

Post-High School Planning: What Your Teen Needs to Do Now

I was recently a featured speaker at the Georgia PTA Conference. My presentation addressed ways to handle post-high school planning without becoming overwhelmed. An excellent way to tackle planning is to spread out tasks throughout each grade of high school. And one of the best times to do this work is during summer break when your teen does not have the stress of school, homework, or extracurricular activities. Share these summer post-high school planning activities with your student:...