It’s Catch-up Week! Which of These Haven’t You Seen

I’m spending Memorial Day having as much fun as I possibly can—and I hope you are too.

Whenever I take time off like this, I like to point you to some of my most helpful recent articles that you may have missed. This gives you a chance to catch up—right on a week when you may have a little extra time yourself.

Huge Earning Potential for Young People Skilled in a Trade

This article includes an inspiring 9-minute PBS NewsHour video featuring Discovery Channel TV host Mike Rowe.

Will Your Kid Be Able to Afford His Dream Life?

The quiz in this article lays the foundation for some great family conversations. (Pay your teens to take this quiz if that’s what it takes!)

Medical-Based Financial Aid For Even Minor Medical Conditions

Learn how to apply for this specific kind of financial aid here. (You’ll need more than just the FAFSA form for this.)

Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

Learn how one mom accomplished this, mainly by having her kids fill out a form every morning. (Downloadable form included.)

Hear Me Interviewed on the FamVestor Podcast

See me live in my living room in Minnesota! Lots of ideas for parents of littles and older kids too. Listen while you’re cooking dinner.

Urgent Info for Parents of 9th Graders

Parents, do this now—and set yourself up to get way more financial aid money in 3 years.

Financial advising professionals—my understanding is that you should be able to send this article on to clients without creating a compliance issue, as long as you’ve discussed this topic with the client beforehand, and, when you send it, you include the suggestion that you meet on the phone or on Zoom to discuss it further on a future date. Thanks for being a hero to these families!

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Dilbert NAILS IT in this Conversation About Student Loan Debt


Help your kid (ages 12–18) sidestep this kind of financial future.

Get your copy of my book:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing all at once. You can pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

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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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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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11 Delicious Foods That Boost Brain and Memory

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

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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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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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