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Posted July 7, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Guiding Your Teen Toward Summer College Prep

Summer is upon us and parents everywhere will be searching for activities to occupy their teen’s summer. When my children were teenagers, I would not allow them to say these two words: I’m bored. For the college-bound teen, summer is the perfect time to do some college prep. That doesn’t mean your teen should spend every waking hour focusing on college, but it does mean that the summer break from school should be used wisely. At the beginning of the summer, sit down and make a plan. Decide which activities require more attention and which activities just need a few ...

Posted July 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
summer before going to college

In your summer before college most of your thoughts are centered on moving in, having fun, and (maybe) getting ready for class. These months, however, are a great opportunity to prepare yourself not only for your arrival at college but also for your exit from your home community. Before you pack your bags at the end of the summer, consider these three things you should do before freshman year. 1. Make a Facebook Group with Your Best Friends from High School Staying connected with high school friends when you head off to college can be more challenging than you expect. ...

Posted July 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rowena Lindsay | View Comments
Tips for Choosing Classes That Are Right for You

At the beginning of college, picking classes can seem like either a daunting task or no big deal, but in reality it falls somewhere in between. It is important to learn skills that will help you get a job after you graduate, but you should also get a chance to explore your interests. Here are some tips for choosing classes that are both worthwhile and enjoyable. Explore your options. If you are even vaguely interested in a different major, take a class in that topic your first or second semester. As you get farther into your major's curriculum there becomes ...

Posted July 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What If My Student Doesn't Want to Return to College?

I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. “Mom, I don’t think I’m going to go back to college next semester.” It was like a punch in the gut. I wanted to scream, “Are you out of your mind!” But I didn’t. I pushed the emotion down, took a deep breath, and listened to my daughter as she attempted to justify her decision. In my mind there could never be any justification for her leaving school. Financial aid was in place. Scholarships were awarded for all four years. We had spent thousands of dollars moving her there, not to ...

Posted July 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Tips For Planning A Travel Budget

If you’re going to travel the world this summer you’ll want to make up a travel budget before you hit the road. This budget will help you understand how much you need to save before leaving home so that you don’t need to call mom and dad, begging for help halfway through your trip. Without a budget you’re likely to run out of cash. This is a big damper on the fun, relaxing vacation you were looking forward to. Here are three tips to help you plan your finances for the trip you have planned for this summer vacation. 1. ...

Posted June 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Myths About Boarding Schools

When you think about boarding school what comes to mind? Do you picture the scenes in Harry Potter? Do you recall the college preparatory school in Dead Poet’s Society that stifled the students’ creativity? Do you picture indentured students slaving away and studying 24-7 under the strict domination of hard-line teachers in depressing surroundings? If you believe the above descriptions to be true here are five myths about boarding schools that will change your mind and cause you to look at them differently. Boarding schools are for academically gifted students Boarding schools take pupils from all walks of life and ...

Posted June 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
When Your Teen Doesn’t Make the Team

Rejection hurts at any age but teens often feel it more keenly, especially when it concerns a coveted place on the team. Losing out and disappointment are part of life and hard lessons we all need to learn along our journey. As parents, it’s our role to guide our teens through the situation, bearing in mind that how we react is likely to have a long-lasting effect on them. Keep Emotions in Check In this kind of scenario, parents often experience strong emotions, including sadness, anger and disappointment, but it is important to keep a reign on any strong feelings ...

Posted June 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How to Help Your Teen Overcome Shyness

Feeling socially awkward is often debilitating regardless of your age, but for a shy teenager, it can be excruciating. There are often many reasons why a teen might regard social situations with apprehension, and a lot of that is due to feeling inadequate and experiencing negative thought patterns. Here we look at ways you can try to help your teen overcome their shyness, combat destructive thoughts, and become a little more confident. It’s All About Them Shy teens often envision the worst-case scenario, such as doing something that others will laugh at, or wanting to participate in something, only to ...

Posted June 25, 2015, 9 a.m. by Simone Ellis | View Comments
Thumb Wars with DoSomething.org

Did you know that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous distracted driving actions? Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in a car crash. Yikes! Although most teens know that distracted driving could have deadly consequences, 40% of American teens still report texting and driving behavior. Looks like we’ve got a problem... So What Can We Do About It? It's simple. We declare a Thumb War. Our friends at DoSomething.org and Sprint are joining forces for the fifth year to give young people a unique, impactful and fun way to take a stand against ...

Posted June 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Summer Activities for Rising High School Seniors

School’s out for the summer! There is nothing more tempting to your student after finishing junior year, than to close his laptop, stow his books and vow not to think about anything school-related until the last week of August rolls around. The bad news is senior year takes a little more planning than students want it to and getting a head start can make the fall and spring less stressful and more enjoyable. The good news? Much of what your student might want to tackle can be fun — especially if he plans ahead. Here are four things to think ...

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