There’s been an overwhelming, excited response to LAUNCH since it released on January 4th, 2017. Parent response to this book has already exceeded anything I ever thought possible. Whenever there’s a lot of excitement there are also a lot of questions, so here are the top 9 questions parents are asking me — along with my answers.
1. “Our son is only in middle school. Surely we don’t need to be thinking about college yet!”
Did you know — that if you wait until your son’s in 11th grade to start thinking about college, 75% of the best ideas for getting him through college debt-free will be gone?
I can still give you some valuable help if you’re at that point right now, but to get the best possible running start, read the first four chapters of LAUNCHwhen your kid’s in middle school. Please tell your friends.
2. “Our daughter is already in college. Will this book still help us?”
If your child is already in college, LAUNCH may save you thousands between now and her college graduation.
Today I’m featuring a must-read article by Forbes contributor Jason Nazar on career advice for 20-year-olds. If you’re parenting a child age 16 – 29, read this article and pick one or two topics to discuss with your child this week.
And if your child is age 18 – 29? Share this article with him or her now. Don’t wait.
The last thing you want is for your child to make a series of expensive higher ed decisions, and then regret them later. How can you help your kids to avoid making regrettable higher ed decisions?
An Epidemic of Regret
Regret over higher ed decisions has reached epidemic proportions in the US. According to a June 2017 report from Gallup and Strada Education Network, 51 percent of Americans would change at least one of their education decisions if they could. This is an astounding, alarming, high number.
1/3 of People Wish They’d Studied in a Different Field
More than 1/3 of people — 36 percent of the report’s 89,492 respondents — would replace their field of study.
Most Shocking? How Many People Regret Their Liberal Arts Educations
You’d love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you’re pretty sure he won’t qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren’t poor.
You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your time.
Seven Reasons Filling Out the FAFSA Is Well Worth Your Time.
1. You can have a high income and still qualify for help.
You make over $200,000 per year and have significant assets? Your kid can still get free “gift aid” money to help pay for college. I’m talking about free money that need never be paid back.
Because this is true, plan to fill out the FAFSA form every October 1st that you’ll have a kid in college the following fall. Put this October date on your calendar now, so you can put your kid(s) first in line for all the financial aid money they have coming.
2. The FAFSA isn’t just about getting PELL grants.
Filling out the FAFSA puts your child in line for nine separate federal student aid programs, over 600 state aid programs, and most of the college-based (institutional) aid available in the United States.
Every year, people who were sure they were too well-off to qualify for any kind of aid are stunned to see what kind of generous help they actually qualify for at some colleges.
3. The FAFSA considers many more factors than just your income.
You’ve got a mountain of work in front of you, but no energy to tackle it. You’ve already slept well and eaten energy-producing food, so exhaustion’s not the problem. You’re just feeling lethargic, avoidant, and lazy. We’ve all been there. Some of our kids seem to live there. Want change? A simple Japanese principle can help anyone overcome laziness in just one minute.
Today I’m featuring a 5-minute video clip from the popular TV show Adam Ruins Everything. This 5-minute clip is titled, “How College Loans Got So Evil.” It’s funny! But then again, it’s not funny at all — because it’s true.
Please share this post with every parent, teacher, guidance counselor, school staff person, government official, and college staff person you know.
Because we all need to know the truth — so we can take evasive action for the kids we love.
*Viewer discretion is advised
For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt-free, read on.
This article was originally published on September 12th, 2016. It was updated and republished here on August 26th, 2017.
There’s one thing parents long for far more than straight A report cards.
Parents want kids to do their own homework in a quality manner without the parent needing to prod, nag, oversee, or push.
Want to increase your chances of having academically independent children and teens at your house?
Ask each of your children these 5 questions every September.
Before you have this conversation, be sure your teen has a calendar, planner, or special notebook for recording assignments and due dates. Then — keeping this particular student’s personality in mind — provide some individualized teaching on the subject of workflow process management.
This article was originally published on September 21st, 2015. It was updated and republished here on August 23rd, 2017.
Your middle schooler or high schooler tends to underperform in school — and it drives you crazy.
What’s a caring, involved parent to do? You know how high the stakes are. Is it your duty to strictly supervise and control homework so that your son or daughter gets higher grades and has a happier life ?
Dr. Charles Fay of loveandlogic.com says no.
In a newsletter article published here, Charles gives parents a far better idea. “When your children get resistant,” he says, “allow them to learn through their refusal. Refusing to do a homework assignment can serve as a more important life lesson than the content of the assignment.”
Here are three additional strategies Charles recommends:
I recently watched Darci Lynne Farmer, the 12-year-old singing ventriloquist from Oklahoma City, wow the audience and the judges on America’s Got Talent. Before the 7-minute video was over I laughed, and I cried. Real tears. I am not kidding.
And then I thought…
What if Darci Lynne had never practiced ventriloquism on her own at home? What if she’d just waited until age 18, signed up for ventriloquism classes, and then expected those classes to give her everything she needed to perform like a superstar?