Parents

Parents: Know Your Children

Moms and Dads, if you have more than one child, have you noticed any differences between (or among) them in personality and temperament? I’ll bet you have. I certainly noticed the differences between our daughter and son when they were growing up. Our daughter was five years older than our son (in fact, she still ...

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Parents Can Help with SAT Prep

Parents, how much are you involved in your child’s college process? There are many ways you can lend support. First of all, you can communicate openly about finances. This will keep expectations realistic. Why allow your son or daughter to go to the trouble of applying to a school that cannot meet your family’s financial ...

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Some College Costs (Mainly Textbooks)

Parents, you’re probably cringing at the thought of tuition, room and board expense for your son or daughter. Well, as you might expect, there’s more where that came from. The most expensive colleges and universities in the United States cost over $60,000 per year. Others, such as smaller private colleges and state universities can be ...

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14 Lessons in Life for High Schoolers

You gotta love Snopes.com. As you may be, I’m always bombarded with these annoying emails that have 17 “FWD:” indicators in front of their subject line. That means that the original message was probably sent back around the Hoover Administration. Anyway, I got one of these “forwarded forwards” last night and the subject line said: ...

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What to Do about the Cost of College

I was looking through my personal library the other day and found an old paperback that I had purchased when I was in high school (back around the time that the earth was still cooling from its formation). It was called How to Be Accepted by the College of Your Choice (Completely Revised 1961-1962 Edition), ...

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College Cost Bubble Trouble

I’ve touched on this topic before, but the situation continues to get worse. Now, even the major mainstream media are becoming involved. Here’s Lawrence T. Lesick, vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Northern University, quoted in no less a source than the May 14, 2012 New York Times: “We know the model is not ...

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College Majors: A Major Decision

Attention high school seniors (and parents of those seniors). By now, you seniors have seen the results of your college applications. You probably have a handful of acceptances and maybe some disappoints too. Regardless, your life is about to take a dramatic developmental step: heading off to college on your own. You’ll be making a ...

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Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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Which College Acceptance to Accept?

Well, the decisions have arrived. High school seniors across America and the globe have their “fat” and “skinny” envelopes and their good- and bad-news emails. Some even have been consigned to the purgatory of the dreaded waitlist, which in some ways is worse than being denied admission (or “rejected,” as the common parlance goes). But ...

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