5 Smart Summer Scholarship Motivation Strategies

Summer to teens is like a free pass to forget school exists and indulge in beach days, sleeping in, and video gaming until their thumbs demand a rest. But for college-bound students, taking advantage of time off from school to work on college scholarship applications is just plain smart. Students who have just finished their senior year in high school can get to work on scholarship opportunities for newly accepted college students, while all other students should get a jump on the game and apply for awards offered to students…

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Volunteerism: How to Raise Your Kids to be the Helpers

I will never forget the day I walked into the small musty smelling house and followed the adults until we reached the overgrown and sadly neglected backyard. “They will probably be doing most of their cooking outside, as that is what they are used to.” It was the summer between my fifth and sixth grade school year and I was helping my mom volunteer to clean-up a house our church had rented for a refugee family that was to be arriving soon. I was shocked when I heard the words…

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Saving Money When Your Child Goes Away To College

When parents send their students away to college, there are two major thought processes going on: My heart is being ripped out of my chest and I’ll never survive this! Hallelujah! Less stress, more food in the house, it’s about time! As we struggle to come to terms with these conflicting emotions, the reality of having a student in college and the impact on family finances hits home will make you wonder how you are going to get through the next four years. Fortunately, it is possible to save money…

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12 Most Exasperating Responses Teens Bestow on Their Parents

Surviving the teenage years is something every parent must go through, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. Sometimes it softens the blow when we try to find the humor in this difficult phase and hang on to our sanity in the process. Below are 12 most exasperating responses teens bestow on their parents, and a little humor to help get you through the oh-so-fun teen-raising years. Drop me off here Parents wonder: Why do I work so hard trying to stay fit, dress nicely, and drive decent…

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