4 Fun Ways to Get Kids Doing More Chores

Recently I sent readers of my email newsletter a super helpful article on how to get kids to do more chores —simply by using a paper form that the kids fill out every morning.

You can see that article here ——> Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer.

Today I’m providing four additional ways to gently, with humor, influence kids to do more chores this summer:

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The good news about chores? Kids who do them are more likely to be responsible when it comes to schoolwork.

They’re also more likely to go on to college, or to a career-building technical school program.

Strategize now to get these kids through college debt-free using this book:

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What Success Really Looks Like—Surprise!

If the path to your goals has looked more like a pile of spaghetti than a straight line, don’t worry—there’s nothing wrong with you!

We sometimes think that the path to success will be an easy, straight shot if we do all the right things. In reality, this pile of spaghetti is on almost everyone’s plate.

Keep going. You’ll get there!

For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward, get a copy of my book:

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

4th of July, 2021

I’m spending the long Fourth of July weekend 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.

What to Do and What to ASK On a College Visit

Are you parenting a kid who’ll be in 10th or 11th grade this coming fall? Learn how to put together effective, stress-free college visits that can help your kid land more merit aid money for college. (My downloadable list of questions to be sure to ask on college visits is included in this article.)

Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

A mom in my TRIBE membership told us on June 8th that this strategy literally brought “joy” to her family. Learn how you can increase chores and reduce screen use by having your kids fill out a form every morning. (Downloadable form included.)

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.)

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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Free Downloadable: Questions to Ask on College Visits

Download and print my free resource:

THE EFFECTIVE COLLEGE VISIT: Questions to Get Answered Before the Day is Over

Once you’ve got this free downloadable resource, take a look at my newest article on how to have an effective, stress-free college visit.

It’s here. And it’s helpful!

(You can get back to all this free help later by googling “Burlowski college visit.”

For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward, get a copy of my book:

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Loving and Caring for Teens Who Are Natural Introverts

Do your teens tend to be introverts (who get energy from time spent in solitude), or are they extroverts (who get energy from being with people)?

Or, have you got both introverts and extroverts in your family?

Understanding and responding to a teen in a way that respects and values his or her natural bent toward introversion or extroversion can lay the foundation for a wonderful, fulfilling parenting experience.

Read the article I wrote on specific ways to care for introverts and extroverts here.

Then, learn about how understanding personality type can lead to a long, fulfilling, happy career and a joyful debt-free college path.

Whether your kids are introverts or extroverts, dive into chapter 13 of my book:

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I’m Being Interviewed at the “Graduate With Honors Summit”!

The official title of this summit is, “How to Graduate With Honors (Even if You Don’t Think You Can).”

Sign up here for free, and you’ll get to hear me providing debt-free college and career strategy for parents in a fast-paced 40-minute interview.

Other speakers in this summit will be providing over 30 books, guides, and program trials that you can access for free—but don’t worry—nobody expects you to use them all. Access the ones you like, and let go of the rest.

Sign up here for free and see the other speakers you’ll get access to.

Listen to as many or as few as you like!

It’s like a buffet. Take what you like and need, and leave the rest.

When you finish the summit, take a giant leap toward debt-free college by getting your copy of my book:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing cover to cover. Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

You can see more than 100 reviews of this book on Amazon by going to:


(Tell your friends.)

You can see why financial advising professionals love LAUNCHhere.

You can see the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCHhere.

Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.

And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.

Take a step on this right now. Get regular, inspiring help from me—every Monday morning.

Subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter here.

Do you have specific questions for me about debt-free college and career for your kids?

It’s my members that get most direct access to me. Doors to my membership open each year for just 5 days in March, and 5 days in September. It costs just pennies per day, but space is limited. Join the Waiting List here.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

10 Colleges With SMOKIN’ HOT Financial Aid Packages

The Princeton Review has come out with a list of 10 colleges that offer students especially generous financial aid packages.

As you look at the list below, remember—generous financial aid packages go to families who apply for them.

Parents, please—always fill out the FAFSA financial aid application every October 1st that there’s even a chance you’ll have a kid in college or trade school the following fall.

Applying is free and easy—and you never know what you might get!

(Important: do this even if you’re rich.)

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According to the Princeton Review, especially generous state university financial aid packages are found at:

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There’s Medical-Based Financial Aid? YES!

If your child has even a relatively minor medical problem, he or she may qualify for medical-based financial aid to help pay for college.

The key thing you need to know is—medical-based financial aid isn’t applied for the regular way (through the FAFSA form).

Families apply for medical-based financial aid through other channels that—in the past—have been tricky to figure out.

The easiest way for parents to learn about medical-based financial aid? This book by Jason White:

I’ve read this book cover to cover, and I loved it.

This quick-read, 87-page book is available on Amazon here:

From the back cover:

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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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Got Kids Ages 12–26? You Need This

Jam-Packed Webinar Sponsored by Thrivent's Chicagoland 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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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. 

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 1:00 pm CDT | 11:00 pm PDT | 2:00 pm EDT

FREE Register here.

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

View a fast-paced 3-minute video invitation by Jeannie Burlowski, 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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