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12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

My Sporting Life, Without The Sports

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 03.15.2015 | Sports
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Does it matter if their child gains that sense of mastery from a violin instead of a football? At the end of the day, I believe it's not the activity that's important, but what you get from it.

The Overscheduled Kid: EASY Method to Figure Out What Activities To Do

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.13.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

There is a great way to figure out what activities you should do with your kid. It even comes with an easy acronym. Remember my LMAO Parenting Technique? I love acronyms. Anyway, in this case, the acronym is: EASY.

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions to Make Your College Admissions Saner and More Successful

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 01.28.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Brainstorm, write, and then write some more. Edit and edit and then make sure spelling, grammar and punctuation are perfect. Teachers, college admissions officers and future employers pay a lot of attention to this.

Why Out-of-Classroom Experiences Are Critical to Your College Education

Christie Garton | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Christie Garton

With each passing year, it's getting increasingly more difficult for young professionals to stand out from the thousands of other graduates who have turned their tassels and entered the workforce. That's why college isn't all about what happens in the classroom.

College Admissions: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

The Fall College Application Season has arrived. And kids are showing up on college campuses nationwide, dressed in their finest duds, scouting out the hallowed halls of the ivory tower.

Got College Prep Questions? Answers Are Here!

Jeannie Borin | Posted 10.04.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Whether they are questions about college lists, filling out applications, writing resumes and essays, visiting colleges or who to ask for recommendations, getting the appropriate guidance is crucial.

College Admissions Strategy

Jeannie Borin | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Select college essay topics that are unique. Present yourself as a diversified individual. Do not repeat what is elsewhere on your application. The essay is an opportunity to let admission officers know another side of you.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Why (Soccer/Baseball/Lacrosse) Moms Wish for Rain

Kerry Lyons | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I'm hoping for cancellations. Dreaming of flooded fields so we can hit snooze on Saturday, snuggle in front of a movie on Sunday or simply get to bed at a decent hour during the week. And if the chatter on the sidelines in our little town is any indication, I'm not alone.

Dear Parents, Are You Tired of Being Tired? Amen.

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

We go, go, go, go all the days. Our schedules are marked on and highlighted and color-coded as we race from one activity to the next or divide and conquer while kids have different activities in totally different cities.

Are You Ready For College Prep This Summer?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Although many decisions are made during senior year, it is best to begin the college process early. Here's a list of college prep action steps that will help students stay focused and on track.

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Students Ask College Prep Questions That Get Answers

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.

You're Just Not Good Enough for College!

Cate Pane | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

As parents, we can choose not to "buy into" the culture of competition within which are teens are living.

Advice for a Student Starting College

Derek Bok | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Derek Bok

Several million students will soon be entering college. If you are among them, you will have received much advice from parents and friends, and you will soon hear more from college officials. But you might also want to know what researchers have discovered about some important choices you will make that could have much to do with what you gain from your next four years.

5 Ways to Chase Your Passions in High School

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

When it comes to applying to college, it's no longer just about the 4.0. Now it's about what you've done outside the classroom. Here's a sampler of some popular organizations that give students the chance to follow their passions in a big way.

Be A Part of Something Big

Bailey Reagan | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Bailey Reagan

Instead of taking the back seat in society, the "OKs" of my generation have started protests, written articles and initiated campaigns to fight against our superiors.

Coping With Expensive Kids' Extracurricular Activities

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Jason Alderman

If your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it's sports, music lessons or art classes, you could be on the hook for hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars in additional expenses throughout the year if you're not careful.

San Francisco: Where Age Is Just a Number

Lewis Krell | Posted 09.21.2013 | San Francisco
Lewis Krell

Many things will change during your time here but the one thing that will remain constant is that at no point will anyone ask you 'how old are you?' but rather 'how long have you lived here?'

How High Schoolers Can Find and Benefit From a Mentor

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Yves St. Lauren and Bob Dylan have in common? All of them got to the top of their fields with the support of a mentor. Mado...

Knowing Your Child

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Getting to know your child isn't always as easy as it seems. It requires tuning into him and tuning out what others might be doing.

The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

After working in England, Germany and the United States and hearing from friends who live all over the world, I've noticed a few places where modern American parents could use a bit of extra coaching.

Google Search Is a Teen's "Best Friend" When Looking for College Admissions Information

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

The City of San Diego Public Library system is at the forefront in California, if not the U.S., in providing information and resources about college a...

What College Admissions Offices Look for in Extracurricular Activities

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.11.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Colleges care about the character of people they admit; therefore, what you do after school, during weekends and over summers tells them a lot about the kind of person you are.