52 results found for Self-Evaluation and Choosing the Right College.

Updated: July 11, 2022

Dog Moms and Fur Babies: Why Millennials Compare Pets to Kids

Dog Moms and Fur Babies: Why Millennials Compare Pets to Kids

Social media is filled with headlines proclaiming that Millennials are ruining everything. They’re in no rush to get married, to go to college, or to buy homes. They refuse to spend money they don’t have on things they don’t need.

And now, young adults are delaying parenthood, or even deciding against it, in favor of pet ownership.

But stereotypes, finger pointing, and pearl clutching over dropping birth rates don’t help anything. And if you scratch below the surface of the clickbait, there’s some sound reasoning behind all of these trends.

Updated: June 30, 2022

My Son Doesn't Want to Go to College: What Can I Do?

No College No Problem

To hear a lot of people talk, a high school graduate has two options: university or a life of poverty and uncertainty. Unfortunately, not every teenager wants to go to college.

Fortunately, there are more options after high school than pursuing a college degree. And many of those options can lead to secure, well-paying employment, even without that four-year degree.

Here are a few.

Updated: April 16, 2022

Prenatal Vitamins: The Benefits and Ingredients to Avoid


A healthy diet is imperative throughout pregnancy. This ensures that your growing baby gets all of the necessary building blocks throughout their development. There will be days when your daily meals will not provide you and your baby with everything you need. That is why a prenatal vitamin is so important! However, with so many products on the market, it can be hard to determine what to look for in this essential multivitamin for expectant moms.

Updated: June 29, 2021

What to Order at Starbucks When Pregnant

Starbucks While Pregnant

You’re pregnant! Congratulations! But now the big question that looms over your head is, can I still drink coffee while pregnant? You might be wondering if it is OK to order your favorite grande latte or Green Tea Frappuccino? The good news is, yes, in most cases, limited caffeine intake is still safe, but of course, you should always check with your healthcare professional first.

Updated: April 22, 2022

How to Get Started with Homeschooling

You've decided to homeschool - what's next?

You’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? First of all, know that you are not alone. As families face unprecedented challenges regarding health, safety, changing schedules, and new school models during this time of global pandemic, more families than ever are deciding to give homeschooling a try. The good news is that even the least experienced of families can have a wonderful start to the homeschool adventure thanks to the plethora of easily accessible resources available online.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Snapchat 101: A Helpful Guide for Parents of Teens

Girl's hand holding smartphone with Snapchat on display

Snapchat is a great example of the evolution of social media, and it gives teens practically everything they’re looking for in an app: a way to creatively share chosen moments with friends while simultaneously making themselves look awesome. 

Just like every other social media app, video game, and mainstream teenage interest, Snapchat has gotten some bad press. But this article isn’t providing you with recycled warnings and statistics. In fact, it’s doing just the opposite.

Updated: May 24, 2022

A Parent's Guide to Managing Chronic Illness in College

Boy with chronic illness in college dorm scrolling on his phone

College is a time of change and worry for every parent and teen, but if your child has a chronic illness, medical issues, or disability you have a lot more to worry about. You’ve probably been on the front lines helping your child manage his or her condition, but this will be the first time they will be flying solo on all fronts, so it’s important that you know how to support them so they can care for themselves.

Updated: July 16, 2019

Talking to Teens About Sexual Misconduct and Consent Before They Go Away to College

Mother talking with her college age daughter

Just before your teenager heads off to college, you should have “the talk” with them. Nope, not the SEX talk. There’s a pretty good chance they already know about that 3-letter word. We mean the consent talk; meaning ways to tell the opposite sex NO like you mean it and what to do if someone overall makes you feel uncomfortable through sexually-orientated actions.

Updated: March 2, 2021

How to Make the Transition from the School Schedule to Summer Mode

transitioning from school schedule to summer mode

While the summer can be fun and a highly anticipated season, it can also create a new level of stress for working parents as they try to figure out how to balance setting up child care, creating a summer schedule, and making sure there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Making summer memories can be some of the most special times of childhood, but leaving the summer plan completely up to chance is not actually stress-free for parents or for children.

Updated: June 21, 2021

A Complete Guide to Potentially Dangerous Apps for Kids

young girl using potentially dangerous apps on ipad

Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to see some of the sites and new apps tweens and teens are flocking to these days, and get useful tips for protecting your child from cyberbullying and other online safety hazards.

Updated: March 2, 2021

5 Ways to Bond With Your Teen Before College

mom and teen bonding before college

The time is approaching to send your teen off to her first year of college. How did this time possibly arrive so fast? Don’t you remember getting dropped off at college yourself like it was yesterday? Though your head and heart may be spinning with questions and emotions, this summer is essentially a milestone moment for your family. Thinking through how you would like to ensure that you get in some bonding time with your teen in advance is important so you can both make the most of this special summer.

Updated: March 2, 2021

How to Help Your Teen Choose a College

mom helping teen choose a college

Applying to college is stressful enough—all those essays, SAT and ACT scores, and non-stop chatter in school about who’s going where...it can be overwhelming for teens and parents alike. Thankfully, (and take it from my parents who put four kids through four different colleges and tackled various loans and grant paperwork en route!) you can safely make it through the daunting application and decision process. It just takes organization, patience, and logic.

Updated: March 15, 2019

Why Independent Play is Vital for Raising Empowered Children

toddler playing independently

Today, children’s play is often tainted with boxes to check and points to score. So often teachers will say things like, “They think they’re playing, but really they’re learning” to which I think: “What’s the difference?!” and further: “Why isn’t playing enough? Why does there have to be a quantifiable, measurable end”?

Play IS the point.

More: The Importance of Play in 21st Century Learning

Finding the Care That's Best for Your Pregnancy

Health-care Provider Options During Pregnancy

Finding the Care That's Best for Your Pregnancy

When you first discover you're pregnant, it's like trying to walk across a very busy intersection. The cars zip by at break-neck speeds. The huge tractor-trailers brush you back off the curb. Traffic rushes past from the right and the left, from in front and from behind. How are you supposed to get safely to the other side?


Finding a Good Boyfriend

Finding a Good Boyfriend

The teenage world is filled with all kinds of boys; some are frogs, but the majority of them—around 75 percent—are perfect princes. These princes do not ride up to your daughter's door in a coach and whisk her off to a ball in a castle, but they are special boys, just as your girl is a special girl. They are usually the boys she knows from school, her neighborhood, or her house of worship.


When Your Adult Child Lives at Home

When Your Adult Child Lives at Home

You may have a young adult child who moves back into your home after college or never leaves. This is frequently a difficult situation to handle well. If you expect to exercise the same control you had before your child turned into a young adult, forget it. Your child may make decisions with which you heartily disagree, but you are going to be living in a war zone if you expect to change things through force or intimidation.


Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

College students are treated very differently than they were in high school. The entire system is geared toward making them responsible for their choices and actions. They are expected to really want to grow up. If they resist too much they are going to wind up confused, depressed, or out of touch with their peers. And the school will let them know if they aren't making the grade.


Finding a Reputable Financial Advisor

Finding a Reputable Financial Advisor

Dollars and Sense

Just because your father has been working with the same financial guy for 25 years doesn't necessarily mean that you should work with him, too. Perhaps, though, that service record should point you toward the firm the guy works for, where you might find someone else that you'd like.


Are You a Saver or a Spender?

Are You a Saver or a Spender?

If you know to the nickel how much money is in your wallet or purse at this moment, keep track of exactly how much you spend and where you spend it, buy only clothing that doesn't need to be dry cleaned, and eat pasta three times a week to stretch your food dollars, you're probably a saver.