Did your teen miss the Historic Presidential Moment? It isn't too late.

1st Historic Teachable Moment in 12 years

These moments don’t happen often, thank goodness.  Think back to 2006.  That’s the last presidential funeral we’ve had in the United States until now. (Reagan, 2004 and Nixon, 1994).

Do you remember when they would wheel in those carts with tv’s on them during school so we could see the moon landings, the rocket launches, and other historic moments?  We do. 

But perhaps your teen’s school didn’t or doesn't do this.  It isn't too late to capture the teachable moment for your teen.  

Did you know that . . . 

nearly every detail planned for a Presidential funeral is historical?

  • Who had the first 16 cannon salute?  President George Washington
  • The first president to die in office?  President Harrison, 1841

Want more interesting information?  Here’s a great link to explore with your teens:  Hat Tip:  www.theenchantedmanor.com

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The Resume Revolution

Telephones on our wrists. AirBnb.  Taxi vs. Uber vs. Lyft.   Movies played on nearly everything you own.  Turn your house off and on miles from home.

and. . .

Resumes. 

We grew up with paper resumes.   Those word-heavy depressing things.  Are they as effective these days?  No.  Paper resumes still have their place, but to stand out?  Go virtual.  You knew this addition/change was coming. 

How can our teens take advantage of “Virtual Resumes”?

First, let’s define what these are.  They use all the capabilities of the online world and the amazing graphic tools we have available to us these days.

The Virtual Resume is just that:  a visual overview of an applicant’s capabilities using charts, graphics, infographics, and even video. 

Collect Visual Resume Assets

These ideas can get you started

  • Video clips of school projects your teen is involved in
  • Photos of awards...
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Lions, Tigers and Personal Identity Protection, Oh My!

Wow.  Fall has happened fast, hasn’t it?

Our kids are back in school which puts us in a “beginning” frame of mind.  From school supplies to new teachers, to new colleges, to a football schedule, we are all kicking things in high gear.

Let’s do the same thing for our kids safety – and kick up protection up a notch. With the new school year, even more opportunities they encounter can also put them at that lurking risk.

Here are 3 ways you can up your protection game for them. 

  1. Social Security Numbers are gold.

    Sadly, the “bad guys” know that too.  It’s time to check your child’s social security number for earnings.  Someone might have used it to seek employment – and that someone might not be your “nearly-grown” child. 

 Register it for notification.  There’s a link in the above...

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NOW is the time to set up Voting Eligibility for your 18+ Year Old


 SUMMARY

We’ve talked so much in the past about how to instill in our kids the values and motivations to be successful.  As parents we want our kids to be achievers, take responsibility, and own the world around them.  You’ve worked hard to instill in them a reliable set of practices, habits and commitments that will help carry them through to life, marriage, and maybe grandkids! 

Now comes an important task that you can't do until they are near aged 18.  

Do you remember when they first voted at their high school for class officers?  Or helped a friend run for office?  Hopefully your kids school did that.  I have to tell you that I never had the courage to run for a school office.  I was camera shy in  high school – and here I sit in front of a camera.  Who knew!  I had my finger in many pies, but just not the running for office one.  But my kids did. 

Little did I realize, but after they won...

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Do those last remaining lessons for your nearly-grown offspring feel like . . .

SUMMARY

HELP!  Many a parent of a nearly-grown child feels there is still so much more to teach them, but need a creative idea on how to tackle it all.  

We've been there with our kids.  Despite our passion for helping parents and kids this age, we hit the wall (so to speak) on  how to get their attention to listen to those last critical lessons.  They didn't always want to listen to us.  

That's when we realized that we, or more specifically our kids, had/have a SECRET WEAPON to use.  Your kids (and you) have it too but odds are you haven't recognized it for what it is.  

But before we get to this SECRET WEAPON, if you didn't get a chance to view/read a prior session we taught that relates to this where we covered how to build confidence in our kids, and why our kids have such a challenge with this at their age, and what is the first move you can make to start that confidence ball rolling, Start with THIS to build confidence

Now about that...

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Staying In Touch

SUMMARY:

It happens quickly, doesn't it.  The 18 years you've had with your children.  You've been involved in their activities, learned to love their friends, and even made life-long friends with those parents.  And then, it happens.  Your life changes, seemingly in an instant.  

Staying in touch changes.  Completely.  You have to make more of an effort to touch base with and keep up with not only your child, but the friends you've made through them.  

Normally we discuss money, legal matters, taxes and more.  Our mission is to facilitate more knowledge that just typically isn't covered for we parents with almost-flown and just-flown kids.  

But today, we thought we'd give you a great idea on how to stay in touch with people that through the years you've grown to like and love.  You aren't seeing them anymore.  

These very challenges are happening to us, too.  

Here is an fun idea worth considering that allows you to...

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The Bike Side

 

You should have seen my to-do list the summer before sending my oldest to college. People laugh at my lists, but I have found the older I get, the more I don’t want to “think”.  I just want to “do” when under a crunch deadline.  Lists made in my less stressful time always pay off for me…or so I thought.

It might be interesting to note that our college student’s bike came back home to us in the first 3 weeks as “not needed.”  

Such a blow to my ego!

College Money Management – what to consider about bikes

Nearly every parent will have this discussion:  does my college kid need a bike? Many students envision themselves a Lance Armstrong wanna-be (ok, hopefully the Lance-type before we knew about his drug issues), and think they will simply bike to all their classes. Not necessarily true. You might want to run a check on the following:

  • How “on-time” does the campus bus system (if any)...
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How You Can Know They Are (or are not) Ready for a Debit/Credit Card

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How do you know if your child is ready for a debit or credit card (plastic money)?

 

Money.  Parents.  Kids.  Tension.  Maturity.  Focus.  Responsibility.  Nightmare.

You pick which words to assign to a parent and which to assign to a young adult.  You'll probably select "all of the above" for both.  Much has been written about establishing credit, debit cards, credit cards, and more. 

Even reviewing the contract involved in any financial card of any kind is like someone handing you a Webster’s Dictionary and saying “you are responsible for all of it”. 

Today, having a 'plastic' debit/credit card is a status symbol.  Remember seeing photos of James Dean in his cowboy hat leaning on that car....with that cigarette?  Yes, the status symbols may have changed, but the concept fit even us, our parents, and grandparents.  

Statistic:  Reports say over 50% of college freshman have a...

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Is it time to introduce money management to your teen? Here's how

SUMMARY:

How do you introduce money management tracking with them?

  • Start before they hit high school if possible.  If you haven't started it yet, start now.

Why will they benefit while in high school?

  • They will experience guilt-free spending.  Priceless.
  • They will be able to say "no" to something because they are saving for something bigger.

How should they actually start?

  • With so much coming at them, starting simply is crucial.
  • Start with pen and paper.
  • Avoid the fancy money software. . . at least until later.
  • Paper helps them more clearly see the movement of their money from category to category.

What are 6 things to remember as you pick money management software for your young adult:

Again, we strongly suggest starting with pen and paper before moving to this level.  Many will be happy with just a simple, direct pen and paper system.  But if you have a teen or young adult that is ready to level-up to something more, you will find these 6 items...

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College Apps and 2019 Deadlines. How can you get organized?

 
College Applications Wearing You Down?  
Make it Easier to Track
 
Is it too late to apply for College for FALL 2019??? 
No!  Check out this article by www.collegesimply.com which has a list of who/what/where and how much time you have left.  

Here's how to organize those applications.  

If you are a high school junior or senior – or have one living in your home, you've probably spent large amounts of time working on college applications. It is definitely a “labor” of love because many high schoolers apply to seven or more colleges these days. College counselors have been haranguing your juniors all last year to get those applications in as soon as possible. The mantra is that the earlier it is submitted, the better chance for acceptance. The process can be overwhelming, since each application has lots of moving parts. Most applications must be accompanied by a transcript, a writing sample, standardized test scores, and...

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