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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New Year, New Chances: Three Ways to Make This Year Better Than The Last

Teen Self Esteem this New Year January is a good month for reflection. With the arrival of 2014, many of us are looking back on 2013 and seeing how we feel about what we did or didn’t accomplish. With a new year comes new chances, and if you can move forward with a clear idea of what you want and how you plan to get it, this year will be sure to bring you wonderful things. 1. Look Back, but Don’t Beat Yourself Up Sometimes, hindsight can help you see things you missed. If you reflect back on some of the more difficult situations...

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Your Teen’s First Overnight Trip: Five Simple Ways to Prepare

Teen’s First Overnight Trip Whether it be a major field trip, a session at sleep-away camp, an overnight sporting event or a trip with a friend’s family, at some point, your teens or preteens are going to leave the local area without you present. When this happens, it’s important to prepare them to be on their best behavior and avoid any trouble that might occur. 1. Get Organized The first and most important aspect of preparing your teen for a trip is ensuring that he or she packs everything that might be needed. This...

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