Breathe Deeply; Thoroughly Enjoy This Holiday With Your Teen Still at Home

This article was originally published here on December 21st, 2015. It was updated and republished here on December 14th, 2017. 

Mom, Dad, I know that your holidays are busy.

You’re working frantically to get all the shopping, cooking, and decorating done so that all the holiday magic will appear to flow effortlessly at your house.

I know it’s a lot — especially in addition to everything else you do for your family — but let me tell you how much your efforts mean for a teen who’s just a few years from launching out of your safe warm nest.

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Why College Students RUN to Try to Work at UPS Each December

A few months ago I wrote about the joy of having college tuition paid by employers who have generous tuition reimbursement plans.  If you missed that post be sure to read it here.

Today I’m featuring the generous tuition reimbursement program offered by UPS, since UPS always actively recruits new employees each December.

Photo credit: aircargoworld.com

Photo credit: aircargoworld.com

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Grandparents, Here’s How to Give COLLEGE SAVINGS as Holiday Gifts

This article on how grandparents can give college savings as holiday gifts was updated on November 20th, 2018. 

Most grandparents love to dote on their beloved grandchildren, but let’s face it. Older kids and teens are notoriously hard to shop for.

How can grandparents give a relatively inexpensive holiday gift that will be remembered with tears and great appreciation for years down the line?

No matter your income level or budget, Grandma and Grandpa, here’s an ingenious idea for deeply impacting the kids you love this holiday season.

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Write a letter, put the letter in a box, and wrap the box.

Now imagine this scenario.

The child or teen opens a wrapped box from you, and inside he finds an envelope that says, “Brad, read this later. Love, Grandma and Grandpa.”

In this special letter you tell him how much you love him, what admirable good character and potential you see in him, how proud you are of what he’s accomplished the previous year, how excited you are to see him have a successful future, and that you have made a contribution to a fund where you’re saving for his future education.

You don’t have to tell anyone the actual amount you’ve put into this college fund.

Any amount, even $10.00, is generous.

If you like to write, you can add more detail to this letter.

The letter could also include stories from your own life, along with wise advice for this boy’s future. Letters like these become increasingly precious to kids as the years go by—even if you’ve invested only a small amount in the college savings account each year.

Parents who’ve read pages 23–25 of my book will carefully save these letters.

On those pages, I strongly urge parents to carefully save these letters (along with photos of you and the child together), and then eventually use an online service to create a scrapbook out of them.

When this child is an adult, this scrapbook will mean more to him or her than a hundred sweaters and plastic toys.

What if your savings for this kid’s college ends up being over $100.00, and you want to invest it?

As this special college savings fund gets larger, you may want to invest it so that it can grow and increase in value while you’re sleeping. You shouldn’t do this until you’ve had a financial advising professional help you with your own retirement planning of course—but if you’ve got that taken care of, here’s what to consider as you invest this college savings money.

Invest in such a way that you protect the child’s future financial aid eligibility.

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How to Find Great Scholarships—While Sidestepping Scholarship Scams

What Every Parent Needs to Know

Two weeks ago on this blog I talked about what I do to get high school and college students excited about applying for college scholarships.

(That post included a great list of excellent scholarships students can apply for, so if you missed that one—be sure to go back and check it out now.)

Today I want to breathe a quiet word of caution into all that fire and enthusiasm.

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REMINDER: Free Technical College Training For 1600 Minnesotans — Best Day to Apply Coming Soon

U.S. Faces Dire Construction Worker Shortage

A few months ago I posed the question:  “Could your child end up wealthier and happier by not going to college?

This question has sparked a national conversation that’s helping many students choose good-fitting, well-paying, minimal debt career paths they might not otherwise have even considered.

Now, a  Time Magazine article is letting us know just how important this conversation is.  “The current construction worker shortage,” Time Magazine says, “is dire.”

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