Hope for Your Kid’s Future During COVID-19

Parents isolated at home with children, teens, and college students are saying to themselves, “Yikes—I need hope for my kid’s future during COVID-19.”

Hope is here.

Here, 7 reasons to have hope for your kid’s future during COVID-19.

Pass this on to a friend who needs increased hope in uncertain times.

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1. The at-home schooling you’re doing now is not going to hurt your kid’s future.

I know it’s imperfect. I know it’s difficult to have a school routine when you don’t have enough quiet workspaces for all of your kids—and you’re trying to work from home too. It’s OK. Just do what you can, and trust that the gaps in your kids’ education during COVID-19 will even out later. They will.

2. Carefully isolating your family is the best thing you can do for your kid’s future during COVID-19.

I know it takes time and energy. I know it’s stressful. I know you’re having to think about survival details you’ve never thought of before. I know you wonder when it will ever be over.

But keep on. One day at a time.

When you isolate, you help protect your kids and others from grief over the deaths of people they love—and you protect us all from an unnecessarily prolonged economic downturn.

The more diligently we isolate, the faster this will be over. I promise.

3. Remind yourself daily: This is temporary.

Dr. Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. comforts us with these words: “Take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.”

4. COVID-19 will not diminish your child’s future college or grad school prospects.

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Got Little Kids? Hear Me Interviewed on the FamVestor Podcast

If you’re parenting little kids, don’t miss me being interviewed on the FamVestor podcast.

The FamVestor audience tends to be families with little kids, so I provided lots of debt-free college strategy for exactly that demographic.

Listen to just 8 minutes of the audio, and you’ll be hooked.

Even if you can’t save up one penny to help pay for college.

Click here to play:

Listen while you’re making dinner for your little kids!

Or—the entire interview is also available on video.

Opt for the video version and you’ll  get to see me, at home in my very own personal living room. (It’s the very first time the general public has ever been invited into my living room!)

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We’re Overcoming ALL the Blocks and Obstacles

Lately, I’ve really been doubling down on figuring out exactly which blocks and obstacles are keeping parents from moving confidently toward debt-free college for their kids.

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From talking to parents when I speak, I know that they want debt-free college strategy that is:

  1. Clear, easy to digest, and quick
  2. Complete
  3. Does not require much work from parents
  4. Safest and best for the child, regardless of where she goes in life
  5. Inspiring and reassuring—makes you feel good
  6. Tailored to kids’ ages and individual family needs—so parents don’t have to read or listen to anything they don’t need right now.

This last one is especially important.

Parents want clear, quick, specific instruction that applies to where their kids are right now.

No parent wants to spend time reading or listening to directions they’re not going to need for a year.

Because of this, I’ve taken two steps that are game changers for busy parents.

First—I organized my book of debt-free college instructions so that parents only read one chapter every three months or so—and every chapter is directed straight at a kid’s current month and year in school.

Then I created a fast-paced, 10-minute video training that explains how to use the book in the fastest, most efficient way.

Boom. Tailored to be exactly what you need, right now.

Second—because I know that parents are having individual questions they want answered—in mid-March of 2020 I’ll be opening the doors to a membership—where parents will have an open door to be with me in person, online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year.

Doors to this membership will open for just 5 days in mid-March 2020.

You can find out more about this membership (and learn about the deep, altogether understandable parent needs that are inspiring me to create it) here.

Opportunity to join will only be extended to readers of my free weekly email newsletter.

You (and your friends) can subscribe now at bit.ly/helpfulnewsletter.

Parents, we need to talk about the blocks and obstacles you’re facing more in depth.

The stakes are high for your kids. College debt is a big deal.

If we, together, can overcome your blocks and obstacles and lay necessary, wise debt-free college groundwork early on, you can save the kids you love decades of unhappiness and struggle.

Even if you can’t save a penny, even if you’re not a candidate for government financial aid, even if your kids don’t get a single scholarship.

I want to hear more about the obstacles you’re encountering as you work toward this very important goal.

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6 Things I Learned From My Website Redesign

Here are 6 major things I learned during my large-scale website redesign process.

1. It’s important for me to have the right person managing the tech side of website design.

Because I’m incorporating a TRIBE membership into my website this time around, I needed a person with experience managing all the pieces that go into that.

Jacquie at White Space Design is doing a great job for me, even though I’m in Minnesota and she’s in Australia.

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2. It helps me to look at other people’s websites to get inspiration.

My favorite inspiration came from MichaelHyatt.com and StartAWildfire.com.

What I noticed on each of these sites was simplicity, clarity, and carefully placed calls to action.

3. It helps me to think of a website as a series of boxes stacked on top of each other.

The top box is most important. It needs to immediately answer the question every website visitor will be asking: “What life change am I going to get—if I stay on this site for 9 seconds?”

This is funny when I think of it—but it’s true!

My top box will say, “Set your kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. (Even if they don’t get a single scholarship.)”

I already know—this is an empowerment promise that parents love.

4. For me, the first step on website redesign starts with pencil and paper.

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Got an 11th or 12th Grader Headed For College?

Below, I give you 10 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 11th and 12th graders.

If you’ve got a bright, capable 11th or 12th grader headed for college—you’re probably wondering, “How are we going to pay for that?”

You’re especially thinking this if your kid isn’t a likely candidate for scholarships, you haven’t saved for college, and you make too much money to get government financial aid. (Or you think you do.)

You absolutely don’t want mountains of student loan debt for the kids you love.

Is there hope for getting your kids through college debt-free? Yes.

But you’ll need someone to guide you.

Your journey toward debt-free college starts right here, right now.

This short 10-minute video will give you the jump-start you need to get the kids you love through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

Watch, and then share with the friends who’ll be with you on this journey.

(This fun, informal video was made in the studio where I record my podcasts, but it’s not technically a podcast episode. You can find Episode 1 of my podcast here.)

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Got a 9th or 10th Grader Headed For College?

Here are the Details You Need to Know Right Now

Below, I give you 10 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 9th and 10th graders.

If you’ve got a bright, capable 9th or 10th grader headed for college—you’re probably wondering, “How are we going to pay for that?”

You’re especially thinking this if your kid isn’t a likely candidate for scholarships, you haven’t saved for college, and you make too much money to get government financial aid. (Or you think you do.)

You absolutely don’t want mountains of student loan debt for the kids you love.

Is there hope for getting your kids through college debt-free?

Yes.

But you’ll need someone to guide you.

Your journey toward debt-free college starts right here, right now.

This short 10-minute video will give you the jump-start you need right now to get the kids you love through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

Watch, and then share with the friends who’ll be with you on this journey.

10th grader headed for college

(This fun, informal video was made in the studio where I record my podcasts, but it’s not technically a podcast episode. You can find Episode 1 of my podcast here.)

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Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Watch just one of the short, succinct video trainings below, and you’ll be on the fast track to getting the kids you love through college debt-free. 

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If you’ve got a bright, capable middle schooler or high schooler headed for college—you’re probably wondering, “How are we going to pay for that?”

You’re especially thinking this if your kid isn’t a likely candidate for scholarships, you haven’t saved for college, and you make too much money to get government financial aid. (Or you think you do.)

You absolutely don’t want mountains of student loan debt for the kids you love.

Is there hope for getting your kids through college debt-free?

Yes.

But you’ll need someone to guide you.

Your journey toward debt-free college starts right here, right now.

Watch just one of the short videos below, and you’ll get a jump-start on getting the kids you love through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

Watch, and then share with the friends who’ll be with you on this journey.

(These fun, informal videos were made in the studio where I record my podcasts, but they are not technically podcast episodes. You can find Episode 1 of my podcast here.)

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Got a 7th or 8th Grader Headed For College?

Here are the Details You Need to Know Right Now

Below, I give you 7 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 7th and 8th graders.

If you’ve got a bright, capable 7th or 8th grader headed for college—you’re probably wondering, “How are we going to pay for that?”

You’re especially thinking this if your kid isn’t a likely candidate for scholarships, you haven’t saved for college, and you make too much money to get government financial aid. (Or you think you do.)

You absolutely don’t want mountains of student loan debt for the kids you love.

Is there hope for getting your kids through college debt-free?

Yes.

But you’ll need someone to guide you.

Your journey toward debt-free college starts right here, right now.

This short 7-minute video will give you the jump-start you need right now to get the kids you love through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

Watch, and then share with the friends who’ll be with you on this journey.

(This fun, informal video was made in the studio where I record my podcasts, but it’s not technically a podcast episode. You can find Episode 1 of my podcast here.)

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Oh, How I Sweated Over Revamping My Speaking Page

My least favorite part of my job is website redesign.

I have a contractor who helps me with the technology part—but I have to make all decisions about which words and images to use, and how we’ll package up the details to best reach and help a world in need.

My biggest struggle with this is figuring out how to communicate nine big things I do for parents in under 9 seconds.

On a website.

One of those nine things I do for parents is speaking.

I do speaking live (in school auditoriums, at churches, and at conferences) and online.

At the end of two extremely long days of wrestling with this…

I posted the following status update for my friends on Facebook:

“I just sweated for two days over a website homepage box that ended up saying:

It’s my live, in-person speaking presentations that are most transformative for families.

GET ACCESS NOW.’”

 

Parents and event planners who click the “GET ACCESS NOW” button will get straight to my new, carefully crafted speaking page at JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

Let me know what you think of my new speaking page!

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The Happiness Lab—My New Favorite Podcast!

You’d love for your kids to find happiness, but do you feel confident that you know the best way to help them toward that?

Gallup research shows us that elite education doesn’t actually lead to increased happiness—so what does?

Dr. Laurie Santos created a Yale course on happiness.

The course, called, “Psychology and the Good Life,” was the most popular course in the history of Yale University.

And thanks to podcast technology—it’s available, on demand, to people like you and me (and your teen or college student).

This Yale course is now my new favorite podcast.

Introducing—The Happiness Lab.

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Join Dr. Laurie Santos as she presents data-based, scientific research and surprising, inspiring stories that will change the way you think about finding happiness.

Help your teen or college student learn about scientifically proven routes to happiness.

Tune in to The Happiness Lab sometime when you’ve got teens or college students riding in the car with you.

Listen to the trailer first, and then dive into episode 1.

You’ll do much to quell student anxiety, which is becoming an increasing problem on high school and college campuses.

Episode 1 of The Happiness Lab is ideal listening for teens and college students.

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