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Posted July 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Keep your student safe on college campus

Although the thought of your child going away to college elicits feelings of pride and anticipation, it might also evoke concern about violence on college campuses. But rather than just worry, this should prompt you to investigate the security and safety of your child’s prospective colleges and to have a chat with your student. Also you can check campus security at the website of the federal Jeanne Cleary Act, which requires campuses receiving federal aid to report crimes and have certain security procedures in place. What to Ask the College Before you send your teen off to any college, have ...

Posted July 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rowena Lindsay | View Comments
first-timers-guide-managing-your-finances

It is never a good feeling to check your bank account and realize you have way less money that you thought you did. First, there is the sinking feeling when you see that there is less in the total balance than there used to be. Then, panic sets in, followed by regret. What did I spend all that money on? So whilte you are in high school, get into the habit of keeping track of your own finances while you still have your parents to fall back on. 1. Credit cards? Use your phone. It can be really easy to ...

Posted July 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Adams | View Comments
Four Lessons for Teens Camping in the Outdoors

Camping means no phone. It means no bed, no TV and, probably, no shower. At first pass, camping doesn’t seem comfortable or fun. So why bother packing up and heading to a nearby campground or lake or even farther? Well, you just might come back home with a few beautiful life lessons in addition to those stunning photos you can share when you have service again. A few National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduates shared their camping experiences and collected a list of life lessons. Let us know what you learn from getting outside, whether it's the back country or ...

Posted July 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Ways to Help Your Student Live Healthy

With so many unhealthy choices available today, it’s difficult to steer your teen away from the types of behaviors that encourage an unhealthy lifestyle. The time before they leave home for college is the time to reinforce what you have taught them to about living healthy and making wise choices. When they leave home and begin living independently, it will be easy for them to continue those good habits. 1. Have consistent family mealtime Families should have at least one mealtime when they eat together. It may be difficult in today’s fast-paced world, but it’s critical that you stick to ...

Posted July 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Textbook Apps for Soon-To-Be College Students

Any college student or soon-to-be college student needs an arsenal of textbook apps to help them shop for the best bargains, find the free ebooks and textbooks, and sell and trade books when the semester ends. These apps should fit the ticket. But don’t wait until the fall of freshman year to download them. There’s no time like the present to create a folder and start adding these 10 textbook apps to your mobile devices. 1. BigWords Nobody likes shopping for textbooks at the college bookstore. BigWords operates by the premise that students prefer to “shop for textbooks on smaller ...

Posted July 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How I Faced  My Son's Asperger's Diagnosis

My son was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, which falls at the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. It is a condition that often goes undiagnosed until the teenage years and when it happens, invariably leaves families feeling devastated, as well as floundering for answers, advice and help. Receiving the diagnosis The autistic spectrum is vast and those people that fall along it, and their symptoms, varies immensely. Some autism is severe and very difficult to miss, but for others, most notably those with Asperger’s, it is not always easy to identify. Children with more severe forms of autism are generally ...

Posted July 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Questions Parents Ask About College

Over the years, parents have cornered me and asked me questions about the college admissions process and their college-bound teens. While those questions are varied, and sometimes specific as they relate to their own circumstances, here is my list of the 10 most asked questions: 1. What can I do to help my “average” student stand out and get accepted to college? The good news is that the admissions application is not just about grades or test scores. They look at the overall picture: grades, SAT scores, essay, student resume, and interviews. There will always be a college that recognizes ...

Posted July 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Ways To Earn Money As You Travel

Wherever you travel, you will need money. In places like Asia and South America you will need less money, but your expenses never drop quite as low as you’d like. One way to earn your travel dollars is to save up while working a job at home. Within a few months you can earn enough for plane tickets, cheap hotel rooms, and fun activities. If you’re feeling more spontaneous, however, you can hop on that plane to Brazil much sooner if you’re able to earn money on the road. Think putting dough in your pocket while traveling is impossible or ...

Posted July 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Helping Your Teen To De-Stress About College Prep

It’s no surprise the middle name of college-bound teens is “stress”. According to a recent survey, 76 percent of college-bound students say they are stressed. And if your student is honest, college prep is one of her biggest stressors. If you live with one, you’re stressed too; and not just you, but your family as well. Granted, there are plenty of reasons to be stressed. And plenty of reasons why it’s impossible to avoid feeling stress (try as you might). Here are five stressful college prep tasks and how to help your teen alleviate the stress: The Grades Grades mean ...

Posted July 17, 2015, 8:10 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Would raise community service money by dog walking?

Would you walk a neighbor’s dog to support cancer research? Proofread essays to help low-income families? Or even bake a pie to fight malaria? A new social platform uses what it calls “Fundearning” to allow students - or anyone - to earn money to support nonprofits. Giving Privilege, founded by Sthir Malkapur in 2014, works like this: First, you choose the charities you want to support and then figure out a service to provide to earn the money. This could be anything useful, like babysitting, tutoring, music lessons or tech help. Or you could use your time and talent to ...

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