Higher Education

5 Ways to Get Cheap or Free College Textbooks

Posted October 18, 2010 by Sonja Stewart

Have a kid in college, or worrying about sending one off pretty quick? While the tuition skyrockets around the nation, save money where you can and get your kids cheap or free textbooks. Maybe you and your student won't be living off of Top Ramen for the next four years after all.

Convince Your Teen to Give Up a Birthday for Clean Water

Posted October 14, 2010 by Sonja Stewart

Could you convince your teen to give up a birthday for clean water? It may not be as difficult as it sounds. Today is World Clean Water Day. Here are some suggestions to get your teenagers interested in helping.

Book Review: Getting In by Karen Stabiner

Posted September 22, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

Getting In by Karen Stabiner charts the college application process of five very different kids. But are they so different after all?

Gluten-Free Back-to-School Survival Guide in 3 Easy Steps

Posted September 17, 2010 by Sonja Stewart

Before your child leaves the all-watchful eye of mama/papa bear and heads off to school, you want to make sure their gluten-allergy isn't going to interrupt their concentration. A packed lunch and some frozen emergency cupcakes will get you through this school year. Yes, I said frozen cupcakes.

Make "Back to School" Easier for Your College Freshman

Posted July 30, 2010 by Lela Davidson

College freshman face perhaps the most critical back to school season ever. Here are some ways to ease the big transition.

6 Ways to Get The Student In Your Home To Read

Posted July 26, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Not every kid loves books. It may take some creativity, and possibly a little bribery, but getting kids to read is essential. Try these tips to keep the pages turning in your home.

The Vital Need for Music Education

Posted July 20, 2010 by Maggie Wells

Music education is a vital and necessary part of our children's education. If our public K-12 does not provide it, we need to take matters into our own hands and opt for private lessons, history, appreciation and performance.

It’s Just Adderall: College Students High on Focus for Finals

Posted May 18, 2010 by Lela Davidson

How long before your sweet freshman is introduced to drugs on campus? Adderall, with its promise of increase focus leading to better grades, could be the most dangerous of all.

Got Tuition? College Loan Program About to Change

Posted May 18, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Recent legislation on college loans is being applauded by some, while causing others concern. Check out details about the new law and decide for yourself. And if you're a parent, it's never too soon to start planning.

Your Public Library: Better than Disneyland

Posted February 11, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

If your vision of a library is a series of cobwebby stacks guarded by a dragon-lady librarian, it may be time to recheck your assumptions. Today's public libraries are chockfull of resources for you and your kids, most of which are free or at very low cost.

Helicopter Parents: Is Bubble-Wrapping Your Children About to Blow Up in Your Face?

Posted February 8, 2010 by Sonja Stewart

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If you think that rescuing your child is protecting them from the harsh realities of life, you may just be delaying the inevitable. Here's how to put your parenting back into perspective.

“F” For Fitness: Grading Students On Their Health

Posted January 20, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Last fall, in an apparent effort to combat current rates of poor diet and obesity, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania required anyone with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or above to take a fitness course.

One Year Down: An Interview with a College Sophomore

Posted June 8, 2009 by Marla Walters

Although we did a lot of reading, internet researching, and talking to other parents, we still had a lot to learn about the college freshman year. Hopefully, this interview will shed more light for parents of college-bound children.

When Manga Meets Mathematics: New Textbooks for a Cooler Home School

Posted December 6, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

What do statistics and cartoons have in common? They are both combined beautifully in a new study guide for students that blew me away with its practicality and possibilities. Intrigued? This book is just the beginning.

Holiday Card Action

Posted December 1, 2008 by Maggie Wells

Stuck without a way to make your children think of something besides their lists for Santa? Join my family as we participate in Amnesty International's Holiday Card Action.

Webspeak part 1 - become fluent in one of the online languages your children use

Posted July 20, 2008 by Paul Michael

Once upon a time, it was Pig-Latin. These days, the Internet has created several ways for both children and adults to communicate with each other. In part one of this series, I'll give you a list of the most common acronyms or "initialisms" that your children are using daily, via the web and phone. Some of these you will be familiar with already; some may shock you.

What College Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You And More

Posted June 4, 2008 by Julie Rains

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College admissions officers try to position their colleges as selective by spouting statistics that make acceptance seem elusive. They may tell you, for example, that the university received 12,000 applications for 1,600 openings in its freshman class. You may assume that the university has an acceptance rate of 13.33% but your math (though reasonable) would be wrong. I’ll tell you what college admissions officers won’t tell you and more.

It’s Not About Shacking Up…

Posted May 4, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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A recent Associated Press article discusses the growing trend of U.S. colleges to allow for mixed company in dorm living arrangements. This new acceptance of coed cohabitation isn’t what disturbs me; It’s how the parents continue to teach an age-old lie about relationships and what truly matters.

Paying for College: Rays of Hope

Posted December 16, 2007 by Carrie Kirby

It seems that universities and the government are finally starting to notice the force of the student loans crushing so many college graduates today. Two developments this week -- a new tuition plan from Harvard and a new law -- may ease the pain slightly.