High school, trade school and college can provide valuable knowledge and job skills, but in most cases, these educational institutions do little to teach students about how to manage their personal finances. Some people are lucky enough to have had financial guidance throughout their lives, whether from parents or mentors; for most young people, however, the transition from relying on the help of others to managing on their own can be a difficult one.Continue Reading
What does your favorite Halloween candy say about who you are and how you like to celebrate? Choose your favorite treat to find out...Continue Reading
I have two kids. One of them knows how to ride a bike and the other does not. While I like to think that my oldest picked up bike riding pretty easily, the truth is it took him the better part of two years to finally master this skill. I’m not the most patient of people when it comes to teaching my kids how to do things. I automatically assume that things like riding a bike shouldn’t be so hard to figure out. I get annoyed, frustrated, and angry at them all the time. I get it in my head that things I can do easily are things they should be able to master without a problem as well. But that's not always the case. After my oldest finally figured out how to do it, I started to teach my youngest and realized that I was going through the same stages with him as well. Perhaps you have experienced the same?Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again. Little ghouls and goblins will be running around the streets soon enough and you’ll follow behind diligently watching to make sure that they stay safe. It’s usually considered a chore, but this year you can take advantage of a few ideas that will make trick or treating just as much fun for you.Continue Reading
Next time your teen groans at the thought of a weekend driving lesson, flash a smile. Tell the young driver it won't be with you. Let them try a distracted driving simulator, a video-game like experience that creatively inspires teens to keep their eyes on the road.Continue Reading
Did you know your teen may have broken a law simply by driving home from school last night? If your teen is using a school permit to go to and from classes, listen up. Each state has very specific guidelines and rules for using a school permit, which is generally issued after your teen has earned a learner's permit.Continue Reading
Your child's driver's education class focuses on the rules of the road and being an attentive driver. But driving lessons often miss the mark when it comes to knowing basic car care information. Michelin North America Inc. helped fund a study to determine what driving students are learning -- and not learning -- that could put them at risk for an auto accident.Continue Reading
All the propaganda surrounding bullying demands that Grace despise this activity. She must run and tell her teacher. She must stand strong with her friends against the bully. Bullies are bad, right? Chasing and hitting are bad, right? How can I ask her to understand that things are not so black and white for every one?Continue Reading
Going back to school can mean more than pencils and books and parents doing the happy dance as the bus pulls away from the driveway--it can cost a small fortune for many of us. Throw new gym shoes and the cost of a planner into the already rising cost of school supplies and you’re going to feel this month's squeeze in your pocket book. If you have more than one child returning to school, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of buying everything they need for success this year. Gone are the days when pencils and books were enough. In order to prepare your children without emptying your wallet, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when you are doing your back-to-school shopping.Continue Reading
Each year, thousands of college students pack their bags and embark on a journey to study in a foreign country. Studying abroad allows students to experience foreign cultures and traditions during their college years while continuing their studies. In 2009, over 250,000 college students traveled abroad. Whether you are contemplating such a journey, or have decided to take the plunge and travel abroad, there are a few things to do in order to remain safe and healthy and get the most from your trip.Continue Reading
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