Internet Life and Family Life: Finding Balance in a Quickly Advancing World

Internet Life for Teens The following scenario might be all too familiar: You’ve prepared dinner, but before anyone can eat, you have to drag your kids away from their computers. Even after you get them to the table, they break out their phones and continue surfing the Internet. You would scold them, but you really need to check your emails as well, and this is the first free second you’ve had all day. Even if you’re not very net savvy yourself, chances are, someone in your household is struggling to find a healthy balance...

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Healthy, Happy Finances: Four Key Tips to Raising a Financially Responsible Teen

Teen Spending Habits In general, teenagers don’t understand money. They understand the desire for material possessions all too well, and they understand the concept that it takes money to acquire those possessions, but without a lifetime of work under their belt, they can’t truly know how valuable money actually is. Unless you teach them while they are still young, they will face a rude awakening when they finally reach adulthood. 1. Set a Good Example If you have difficulty being responsible with money, it will be hard to teach...

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Avoid These Five Common College Application Mistakes

College Application Mistakes If you’re getting ready to send out college applications, you’re probably pretty excited, but it’s important to be aware of some common mistakes that can possibly hinder the chances of getting into your desired school. 1. Incomplete Applications Each college has a different application process, and you must pay close attention to each step. Always double check your work before submitting and follow on-screen instructions closely. If you forget a required section of the application, it may...

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The Importance of The Right Teacher: Is Your Child Being Treated With Respect?

Teen Embarrassment from Teachers The other day at lunch, a friend and I were trying to figure out the proper amount to tip. I wished for a calculator, and she shared a story with me about why she’s so terrible at math. My friend said that when she was in school, a teacher made fun of her while she was having trouble doing a math problem on the board. The entire class laughed, and that experience traumatized her so severely that she has trouble attempting math problems to this day. Embarrassment Can Last a Lifetime I had a similar...

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What Energy Are You Creating? Three Reasons to Shift Your Thinking to The Positive

Shifting to Positive Thinking Have you ever stopped to question what energy you are putting out in the world or how this might affect your life? One of the deepest truths about life is that ‘you get what you give.’ This saying has been around a long time and for a good reason: Your beliefs and behaviors, above any outside circumstances, will affect what happens to you in life. Therefore, if you are constantly gossiping about others, being catty or whining about the negative things you have to deal with, you will see other gossipy,...

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Teenage Shopaholics: The Importance of Teaching The Value of a Dollar

Teen Shopping Addiction Most young girls go through phases of being obsessed with their personal style, and having the perfect wardrobe is a big part of that. You do everything in your power to supply your daughter with the clothes she feels she needs to be cool, but sometimes, with other expenses piling up, you can’t afford the items she longs for. How can you get your brand-obsessed teen to understand that sometimes, a pricey label doesn’t make for a better item? Show The Value of Money Your kids aren’t born with an...

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