College Bound, Education, Parenting

6 Ways to Prepare Your Teenager for College

You’re excited that your child is headed off to college at last! Most likely, you’re a bit worried and anxious, too, and so is your college-bound teen. Follow these tips to prepare your child for the first year away from home.

Determine How to Finance College Costs

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Finalize college financing before your teen heads off to school. Help your child fill out federal and school financial aid forms and apply for scholarships. You may also need student loans to cover remaining costs. Remember that financial aid and grants don’t pay for some expenses, such as clothing, food, and car insurance. Consider taking out a private student loan to have extra cash on hand to cover such expenses.

Boost Emotional Skills

Right now, when something goes wrong, you’re right there to help your child through tough times. At school, your teen must manage emotions and challenging situations alone. Sit your teen down and talk about how to handle life events, relationship issues, and stress. Work to build your child’s confidence in handling emotional issues.

Review Basic Life Skills

Does your teen struggle to keep the bed made and the bedroom clean? Most likely, your child will share a room. Review how to clean, do laundry, go shopping, and cook some light meals. Make sure your college student will be a welcome roommate.

Discuss the dangers of alcohol and drugs, too. A college campus is a fun place that can be full of temptation. You won’t be there to help your child say no to risks like drinking and trying party drugs. Prepare your teen to make the right decisions when you’re not there.

Create a Budget

Teens who have not managed their own money will be in for a shock when they head off to college. Create a budget to show your child how much money to spend each month. Review how to track debit and credit card spending, and discuss the importance of paying bills on time.

Focus on Health

Immunizations must be up to date before your teen arrives on campus. Your child should also have a health insurance card and know where to go for help in case of illness. Review how to use campus health services, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms.

You won’t be on hand to make lunch or dinner.  Teens will have a lot of food options, not all of them good ones. Help your child avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15,” which refers to extra weight college freshmen tend to gain. Review nutrition guidelines to help your child make healthy choices when you’re not around.

Make Your Expectations Known

Make it clear that your child is in school to learn. You’re not footing the bill or helping with loans so your freshman can hang out and drink beer. If you expect a report card with all A’s, make sure to tell your teen to work toward those grades.

Put your child on the path to living independently before your teen leaves for school. Review these tips with your college-bound teen to give him or her the necessary skills to be successful while living away from home.

Fashion, Gift Guides, Mother's Day, Reviews

Mama’s Jewelry NANA “Infinity Love” all White Mother & Child Necklace – Review

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Did Mom or Wife appreciate their Mother’s Day gift? You are not done yet, you still have birthdays, the holidays and perhaps a ‘just because’ gift to go this next year! Perhaps you have a grad or daughter that deserves something special. No matter who you are shopping for, if they like jewelry they will love a personalized piece from Mama’s Jewelry and prices start at only $69!

Mama's Jewelry NANA "Infinity Love" all White Mother & Child Necklace - Review

I am one of 4 siblings so with my Mom’s birthstone and the 4 of us we all fit in the 5 stone, NANA “Infinity Love” all White Mother & Child Pendant/Necklace. It arrived fast and very well placed in the little black box. The stones look great and seem very secure in the pendant. It hangs on an adjustable box chain and comes in sterling silver, 10k or 14k gold.

Connect with Mama’s Jewelry at their website and on Facebook. And shipping is free!

Children's Books, Giveaways

Children’s Book Giveaway – My BIG Book of Beginnings

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My BIG Book of Beginnings!

My BIG Book of Beginnings! 

by: Carmel Stoesz

The book is meant to inspire children to turn to themselves for reassurance, encouragement, and comfort. It falls in line with Attachment Parenting and Conscious Parenting principles that aim to teach the children how to feel secure in themselves. The text is written in an imaginative way that leaves a lot to be interpreted by the reader.
For instance, no gender is used in the book so that both boys and girls can easily identify with the main character. Instead of focusing on the identity of the character, the book focuses on the possibilities of the adventure the character is on. The accompanying dreamlike illustrations are absolutely beautiful and really make the book.
The author not only aims to impact positive change in the homes of children all over the country, but she also aims to help others in the process. For every 10 books sold, 1 book will be donated to children in less fortunate circumstances such as women’s shelters, orphanages, and refugee camps.
Buy the book: Available on Amazon
It’s a really sweet mission and I’m so grateful to share it with you, so we are hosting a giveaway of the book!
Click HERE and use code: ParentingHealthy to enter!
CONGRATULATIONS TO Peggy N!
Giveaway Ends on June 21, 2018. Good Luck!