Could Your Kid End Up Wealthier by NOT Going To College?

Think About This Before Your Kid Jumps Into College Life

There are a massive number of students in this country who should not be attending four-year colleges and universities.


Because these students are desperately needed in well-paying jobs that require more specialized kinds of training than four-year colleges can provide. Read on, and I’ll help you to determine whether your son or daughter might be a good fit for one of these excellent careers.

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Is it a Good Idea to Tell Your Kids They’re SMART? The Surprising, Important Answer Parents Need to Know Here

GUEST POST by Toni Schutta M.A. L.P.

Have you ever told your kids or teens that they’re “smart?”  Would you be surprised to learn that you should strike the word “smart” from your vocabulary?


To explain why, I’m turning to my friend Toni Schutta M.A. L.P. as my guest blogger for today.  Toni is an author, parenting coach, mom, licensed psychologist, radio personality, and national speaker who you may have seen in national parenting magazines and on TV news.

My big news today is that she’s offering a FREE COPY of her book 20 Great Ways to Raise Great Kids to my blog readers this month.   (Keep reading and I’ll give you the link you can use to get your free copy of Toni’s book.)

Today I asked Toni to give my readers one critically important strategy that parents need to know when raising potentially college bound kids and teens.  Below you’ll find Toni’s Article Is it a Good Idea to Tell Your Kids They’re SMART?

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It’s True: Even Middle Schoolers Can Earn Real College Credit Through CLEP

Imagine your 7th grader earning real transferable college credit for the knowledge she just gained in her middle school history class. Are you astounded that this is possible?

Students of all ages can turn their regular school learning into real college credit in 33 different subject areas—thanks to the College Board’s CLEP® program.


CLEP® provides one of the best, fastest, cheapest ways for any student to earn real college credit before they ever set foot on a college campus. And if your middle schooler can do it? Then the high school or college student in your life certainly can.

Your child’s next school break might be an excellent time for him or her to work on earning CLEP® credits. Here are three steps you can take now to make that happen.

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Got an 8th Grader? Plan A Very Special Meeting With Him or Her for This Summer

Researchers tell us that the brains of middle schoolers are growing at an explosive rate, faster than at any time since infancy.  New connections are being formed, less-used pathways in the brain are being pruned away, and new experiences are imprinting deeply, in technicolor, in ways that will not be forgotten even in adulthood and old age.  For this reason, 8th grade is a prime time to have a conversation with your child that covers what you as parents are and are not willing to do to help with their life after age 18.

Here are 5 things parents need to do to prepare for this pivotal 8th grade meeting.

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Must Watch Video for Parents

TEDx Adam Carroll

Are you a parent wondering if student loan debt is really that big a deal?  Watch this powerful, entertaining video by Adam Carroll at TEDx UWMilwaukee.  It’ll be the best 15 minutes you’ll spend on your kid this year.


Sprint – Then Rest. 9 Surprising Ways to Achieve More by DOING LESS

This post was updated in August of 2017.

We’ve all had those days. You have a mountain of work in front of you that you genuinely want to get done, but you find yourself procrastinating. Struggling to focus. Failing to get tasks completed.

What’s the problem? It’s probably not that your time management system has failed. It’s probably not that there “just aren’t enough hours in the day.” Instead, you’re far more likely to be suffering from a crisis of energy. You may have drained all your energy by running yourself too fast and too hard for too long, and you’re long overdue for replenishment.

The good news? It’s fixable.


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Your Kid Just LOVES That Expensive Out-of-State College? Here’s What it Takes to Get In-State Tuition in All 50 States

You and your 10th grader are researching colleges, and all at once you’re both about to jump out of your chairs.

You’ve found a college that sounds absolutely perfect.

There’s only one problem.  It’s out-of-state and so extra expensive.PUSHPIN What it Takes To Get In-State

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The 5 Ways INTERNSHIPS Increase Post-College Earning Power

That fancy name on your kid’s college diploma? It hardly matters. So sorry if this is hard to hear.

In the 21st century, paid internships are the crown jewel of the college education. Top college students aim to find, apply for, and work at one, two, or three paid internships during college – and they reap big benefits for doing so.


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“Well, Highly Paid Professionals Don’t Struggle with Student Debt — Do They?”

Many parents mistakenly believe that if their children will just become highly paid professionals, such as doctors or a lawyers, “they’ll be able to easily pay back their student loan debt.”    Is this true?


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No — it’s not true.

Increasingly, even highly paid medical doctors struggle to keep their heads above water when it comes to student debt.

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