STARTING POINT: All the Basics You Need to Know Right Now (AUDIO)

For Parents of Kids Ages 12–26

If you’re a parent and you’ve just found this, you’re probably thinking:

“Oh, wow—seriously? There’s help for getting my kids through college debt-free, and into great jobs after college? I had no idea this kind of help was available! Am I late starting this? Yikes, I don’t have any spare time! If I work on this, how much time is it going to take me?”

Rest easy, Mom and Dad. You’re not late.

And getting your kids through college debt-free takes only minutes per week.

Right now, at this moment, you’re standing at the perfect starting point.

Listen to episode 1 of my podcast, below. It takes only 23 minutes. (Listen while you’re commuting, loading the dishwasher, or getting ready in the morning.) When you finish listening, you’ll feel hope and confidence, and you’ll know exactly what you need to do next to get your kids to the most exciting academic and career destinations—even if they don’t get a single scholarship.

If you’re parenting kids ages 12–26, listen to just the first 8 minutes below, and you’ll be hooked.

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Morgan Stanley’s Alix Magner Buys 30 Copies of LAUNCH For Her Clients

Below, the Top 9 Questions Parents Are Asking Me About This Book

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To see a list of the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCH—along with detailed answers—scroll to the red print below. 

When Morgan Stanley’s Alix Magner calls you, you sit up a little straighter in your chair.

Alix is a high-powered, Stanford educated wealth management advisor who works with Minneapolis area families who have millions in assets—and families who are strategizing to get to that point.

When Alix told me that she’d read my book cover-to-cover and wanted to buy 30 copies for her clients, I jumped out of my chair.

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Did an Archie Comic Foretell At-Home Learning in 1997?

When I saw this Archie comic recently, I couldn’t believe it. Was it really published way back in 1997?

The answer is, yes it really was published way back in 1997!

This USA Today fact check article tells the story. (We’ll all have to just ignore the spaceships zipping by outside the window.)

Did your kids struggle with at-home learning during the pandemic?

Helping our kids succeed at high school, college, and life despite at-home learning is a part of getting them through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward. I provide students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them with help on this subject inside my TRIBE Membership. Learn more and get on the Waiting List here.

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When Change is Needed—Do This!

Why wait until January 1st to start off on a new path?

If making a change will help your life (or your kids’ lives), you could start on your new path this coming Monday.

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One way to do this is to subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter, which keeps debt-free college at the top of your mind as your kids are growing up from age 12 to age 26. It comes out every Monday morning.

You can subscribe now, here.

This small step will take only seconds—but can help you make incremental changes that can impact your children and your grandchildren for generations.

For more inspiration on the subject of small steps that lead to huge results, read the article I wrote on the power of taking 5 minutes to look toward the parenting horizon.

It’ll help you feel better about all you’re doing for your kids this week.

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Love Kids Ages 12–26? You Need This

Jam-Packed Webinar Sponsored by Thrivent's Northland Region

You’d love to see the kids you love get through college debt-free. It’s easier than you think—especially if you can start early.

Register for a webinar instantly below—for free, courtesy of Thrivent.

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1. April 15th, 2021 How to Convince Kids They Don’t Need Student Loans (1 hour)

Learn 3 surprising strategies that help students ages 12–18 to develop professional confidence early on, increase potential to graduate college debt-free, and feel poised and ready to step directly into satisfying career after college. (Even if they don’t get a single scholarship.) For students ages 12–18, their parents and grandparents, and the professionals who serve them. 

Thursday, April 15th, 2021 7:00 pm CDT | 5:00 pm PDT | 8:00 pm EDT

FREE Register here.

(Note: your link to get into the webinar will come to you from Thrivent. Check all your email folders for “Thrivent.”)

View a fast-paced 3-minute video invitation by our webinar presenter here.

* These webinars are brought to the community at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Thrivent. Nothing is sold in these webinars. These webinars are available at these times only and will not be replayed. Connect with a caring Thrivent professional at Thrivent.com.

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Huge Earning Potential for Young People Skilled in a Trade

You’ve assumed for years that your kid would probably go to 4-year college. But what if your kid could make more money, have less debt, spend fewer years in school, and enjoy greater career joy by becoming skilled in a trade?

Huge career potential for kids skilled in a trade

The video here, featuring Discovery Channel TV host Mike Rowe, tells the story.

(Watch for the story of the Cornell math major who left her 4-year college to become skilled in a trade. She’s thrilled with her decision!)

Some lucky students are becoming skilled in a trade and getting a 4-year degree at the same time!

And they’re doing it debt-free—by age 22! Learn how in the article I wrote here.

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The video above says this about students who are aiming to become skilled in the trades:

This country’s entering a new age of work. A new age of making things, and fixing things, and building things. An age where those skilled in the trades are going to be in demand like never before.

I hope you’ll encourage the kids you love to consider becoming skilled in a trade.

Becoming skilled in a trade can lead to a lifetime of happy job satisfaction.

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Live, Online Help is Here—Join My TRIBE Membership Waiting List

Doors to my TRIBE Membership are currently closed. Doors will open again for just 5 days in September of 2021. This page allows you to learn more, and join the Waiting List. Space is limited.

You’ve got a book that helps you get kids through college debt-free—but you want more.

When you have a question on a step you’ve just read about in this bookyou’d love to get access to the author to get that question answered. 

That help is available inside Jeannie Burlowski’s TRIBE Membership.

Along with community and accountability that makes the whole process more fun.

Whether the kids you care about are in middle school or in high school right now.

(Learn what other parents are saying about this at the bottom of this page.)

The doors to my TRIBE Membership are currently closed.

Doors open just twice each year—for 5 days in March and 5 days in September.

Space is limited.

Join when the doors are open and get these 6 benefits:

1. TRIBE Members get access to the author online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year.

Just 10–15 times per year—not a big time commitment!

Read your scheduled chapter in LAUNCH, and then attend the corresponding online group meeting if you have questions or would like extra help. That’s it! No extra work for you beyond just the 10–15 online meetings each year.

Many of the parents, financial advising professionals, guidance counselors, and admissions consultants inside this TRIBE Membership think of it the way they think of their AAA Auto Club membership. “Use it only when you get stuck!”

Other members carefully put every TRIBE Membership meeting into their calendars—using our online gatherings as a way to keep accountable and keep moving.

You never know—someone else in the TRIBE Membership might come up with a question or an idea you’d never thought of before. We’re better together!

2. TRIBE Members get the powerful boost that comes from accountability.

You might forget to read a book on your shelf—but when you’ve got an online meeting on your calendar, you’re going to show up, be prepared, and take action when the meeting’s over.

When people are expecting you—you show up.

And showing up is what keeps you moving forward on the debt-free college and thriving career journey.

Whether the teens you care about are being cooperative right now or not—and no matter your family income level.

And if you need to miss a session? No problem. Recordings are available inside the membership for two weeks after each session is over.

3. TRIBE Members save time. (They get the 3-session View From The Top of the Mountain class included for free.)

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What’s the #1 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Book?

In 2021, my book LAUNCH hit #8 on Book Authority’s list of 51 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Books of All Time.

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I was excited! But then I thought:

“OK—which book is the #1 best-selling college financial aid book of all time?”

I was overjoyed to see that the #1 best-selling college financial aid book of all time is Frank Bruni’s rockstar best-seller Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.

I love this book because it echoes exactly what I say emphatically on my podcast here and in this article here. Gallup research shows that elite education does not actually lead to a happier life! Though I do recommend that everyone avoid for profit schools, students can attend lower-ranked colleges and still make their best, highest dreams come true.

Bruni’s book is a must-read not only for parents and students, but also for teachers and school counselors who sometimes inadvertently and unnecessarily pour gasoline on student anxiety by casually dropping this untrue sentence: “If you don’t get into a good school, you won’t be able to get a good job when you graduate.”

(This is not true! Frank Bruni explains why.)

Here’s the Amazon description for Book Authority‘s best-selling financial aid book of all time:

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11 Delicious Foods That Boost Brain and Memory

I love this Healthline article about 11 foods that boost brain and memory:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-brain-foods

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Are you looking to especially boost brain power for academic work or standardized testing?

Read an additional article: What Should Students Eat Before Testing.

This help is kindly brought to you by me—the author of this book:

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No More SAT II Subject Tests! Whoo-hoo!

If you’ve got a copy of my book, you can happily cross out what it says about SAT II subject tests on page 80.

Whoo-hoo!

The College Board has announced it will no longer be providing SAT II subject tests.

No more SAT II subject tests! This is great news for students!

Why?

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Because in the past, many 12th graders found themselves lamenting, “What in the world? Some colleges I’m applying to want me to take an hour-long subject test in U.S. History, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, or Literature? It’s been years since I had those classes! I’ve forgotten most of that stuff! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?”

This caused stress and consternation for students all over the country—but not for the students and parents who follow me.

Readers of my book were alerted to this—starting as early as 9th grade.

Students whose parents follow the clear steps in my book were tipped off, on page 80: “As soon as you finish a class on one of these subjects, whether you’re in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, quick—go take the SAT II subject test on that subject. This might allow you to fulfill basic degree requirements, or get college credit for certain introductory-level courses. In some cases, strong SAT II subject test scores on a college application can help boost an applicant’s admissions ranking.”

Students who did this as early as 9th grade sidestepped senior year stress and pressure that ended up nailing the students who were surprised by this additional testing.

Would you like to be forewarned and fully informed about topics like these?

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Parenting Through the Pandemic

If you’re parenting through the pandemic, you’re doing something that hasn’t been done in this country in 100 years.

Nothing—nobody—has prepared you for this.

Let me give you a boost of encouragement.

You are doing better than you think. Give yourself a break. Cut yourself some slack. Lower your expectations.

As long as the kids are fed and safe—what you’re doing and how you’re managing this is good enough.

This quote about parenting through the pandemic says it well:

You’ll find even more encouragement about parenting through the pandemic in this article by Tara Haelle.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from it:

“I think we maybe underestimate how severe the adversity is and that people may be experiencing a normal reaction to a pretty severe and ongoing, unfolding, cascading disaster. It’s important to recognize that it’s normal in a situation of great uncertainty and chronic stress to get exhausted and to feel ups and downs, to feel like you’re depleted or experience periods of burnout.”

“This is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s expecting a lot to think we’d be managing this really well.”

~Ann Masten, PhD, a psychologist and professor of child development at the University of Minnesota

Encourage yourself today—not by managing perfectly today—but by doing this.

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