College Bound, Education, Parenting

Successfully Supporting Your Child at School Through College

supporting your child at school

A whopping 80% of college students say that they feel stressed, according to The American Institute of Stress. The cost of college, as well as new living and working environments, can really take its toll on college kids. But so long as you offer advice, and guidance, as you are supporting your child at school they will be sure to flourish during the critical college years.

Discuss financial responsibilities

An average year at college will cost between $10,116 and  $36,801, depending on whether the college is public or private and in-state or out-of-state. Most kids will have had very little financial responsibility prior to heading to college, so make sure you financially prepare them. This should include making it clear how much of the cost (if any) you’re prepared to cover and how much you expect them to contribute. Be sure to stress the importance of getting a part-time job during their studies and help them to write a CV, apply for vacancies, and prepare for interviews.

A helping hand

28% of college students worry about their academic performance, according to the American Psychological Association. There’s no need for students to worry, though, as they can obtain college essay help easily. Many students use online resources that show them how to write, structure, and edit essays so that they can be confident about receiving a good mark. As a parent, it’s a good idea to point your child in the direction of these types of useful resources. It can also help to offer to read through your child’s work before they submit it too.

Maintain contact

50% of college students attend a college that’s more than 100 miles from their parents’ home. While this can benefit their independence, it can also make your child feel isolated and alone. It’s a good idea to set up regular phone calls, video calls, and visits with your child so that they can ask for your advice and support if needed or just have a general chat. This also allows you to check that your child is doing okay and to see if there’s anything you can do to help make college life a little bit easier.

Heading to college is an exciting but often stressful experience for most kids. As a parent, it’s essential that you play a supporting role in this transition and guide your child in the right direction during this period of their life.

Best Buy, College Bound, Deals, Reviews

Back to School with the Jetson Quest Electric Scooter at Best Buy

This reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.

In the middle of the 21 mile trail that runs along the gorgeous view in the foothills of Mt. Rainier sits my small town. Most of the newer neighborhoods enter along this trail line. Because our schools also line the trail through our town the majority of kids from kindergarten to high school ride, walk or scooter to school. You will find bike racks overflowing with bikes on nice days, so many there is not enough room along the bike bars so they lay around the grass.

Below is my son’s view when he walks or rides to school. How do you not get out on the trail and do the mile walk with a view like that?! Being in a small town where everyone walks and bikes around I have noticed that scooters are becoming more and more frequent. The older kids and teens seem to love using electric scooters.

A great scooter in that mid-price range is the Jestson Quest Electric Scooter and you can find it at Best Buy. Best Buy has many quality scooters and this one I am featuring really has all you want for riding day or night at a great value.

For a lot of the school year it is dark early. By the time after school sports practice or clubs end it is already getting dark in the late fall and winter. The Jetson Quest Electric Scooter‘s headlight and taillight have LED lighting that is ultra bright which is great for visibility and safety of riding after sundown or before sunrise. Our trail crosses over neighborhood entrances and with kids trying to get to and from school activities and adults leaving to work at the same hours, having bright LED lighting is an important safety feature.

When it comes to scooters and bikes, quality parts are important as well so the rider is not left stranded. This electric scooter has solid tires that absorb shock when you’re riding on roads and sidewalks. The Jetson Quest also has disc brakes so you get the stopping power you need.

For the mechanical riders, you’ll love this electric scooter engine. The 250W hub motor will help you get up to 15mph. Operating it is as easy as pushing off with your foot and pressing down on the thumb throttle. That’s it and it gets you where you need to go – school, work, across campus – in no time.

The battery is rated to last you 18 hours between charge on average use. It will also hold anyone up to 220.5 pounds and is safe for ages 13 and older.

How about storage you may be thinking? Manual scooters just lay flat with the activation of a fold button so how do you store or carry the Jetson Quest Electric Scooter? Not much differently is the answer. As you can see below it folds up easily for storage in the trunk or even under your school or work desk.

If you compare the specs, style and safety features with other electric scooters you will love what this scooter has to offer for the price. Living near Seattle, electric bikes and scooters are gaining a ton of popularity among students and workers. We live near a lot of hills so having a motor on your rideable is so popular now and Best Buy has a lot to offer if you are looking for a no-gas, easy way to school or the office.

Ride Responsibly:The purchaser and rider of this product are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. It is highly encouraged that you read and follow the product instructions including all safety precautions and use protective gear. Protective gear can be found at http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear.

College Bound, Fashion, Giveaways, Kids, Money Saver, Reviews by Anthony, School, Tips and Tricks

5 Reasons You Should Thrift Shop for Back to School #Giveaway (Wa. State)

I graduated high school in 1995 and I remember the stigma around ‘Goodwill clothes’ as a teen. Back then it was not considered cool to thrift shop. You were singled out as ‘poor’ or teased for wearing worn clothing. You felt that not only was name brand what you needed, but it was also where you bought it. Had I known back then the tips to thrift shopping, no one would have ever known where I bought the name brands I was wearing. Today is different!

Today, thrift shopping is trendy. That is because the styles are lose, colorful and a step back to the ‘Stranger Things 80’s’. Recently, Anthony and I attended a media fashion event at our local Goodwill store. This invent included teen models and aspiring fashion students who were able to talk to Mom’s about the in’s and out’s of todays fashion and how Goodwill offers the choices needed to put together your child’s style. From ripped jeans to Converse, we saw it all there.

So, how do you thrift shop? We were not caught dead in a thrift store 25 years ago and now our kids style tells us to shop here. It can be overwhelming to step inside a thrift store to racks and racks of clothes. Where do you start? Anthony and his school friend paired up with a College student for the shopping experience at our local Goodwill. Here is what he (and I) learned.

You will find what you are looking for! Because donations come in daily, the clothing arrives on the racks daily. If you become a frequent Goodwill shopper you will find yourself coming back more than once a week at times because you realize how quickly new stuff arrives on the rack. If you have a list of wants and needs for your kids, you can get it all and keep checking back to fulfill their lists.

You save more than you think you would! We all know that thrift stores prices are low due to the clothing being pre-owned and sometimes never even pre-worn. We found a lot of items with new tags still attached on the racks. On top of the everyday thrift prices, they have tag sales. When we were there Goodwill had 2 different tag sales – a yellow .99Cent and a red 50% off. On top of lower thrift prices and tag sales, most Goodwill regions offer discount calendar days like Student Sundays, Senior Tuesdays, Military Wednesday and Fan Fridays for additional savings on most items. It doesn’t stop there! Our local (South West Washington) Goodwill stores have a Denim BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon runs Aug 19 – Sept 1 (and) a BOGO mug for college students that expires Aug 17 (Coupon).

Thrift shopping relieves daily pressures! If you have older kids you may realize that as they move through high school and into College their style changes. It almost relaxes. They hit years of harder homework, tighter deadlines and now jobs and having to spend their own money so suddenly cheap and comfy is in. It is in because it is easy. They stayed up all night getting that assignment done and nothing feels better than a favorite pair of sweats and hoodie in the morning to head out the door. Goodwill is a place to offer these options for your older teen. Comfy, big and worry-free from high prices.

Thrift shopping teaches a budgeting lesson! What is that lesson? There are options with your money. At age 15, all parents are ‘loaded’ and wanting the big brands at large department stores is no skin off their back because they have no clue. If you walk into a thrift store and hand them an envelope and challenge them to check everything off their list and stay within that budget it is fun to see what they can put together. If they really want ‘name brand’ head to the mall after the thrift store and hand them the same envelope (as a tool) and challenge them to spend the same $50 or $100 there). These are teens, they don’t get it until they see it actually drawn or played out. Reminding them they are getting 2 items at that department store versus 10 is the difference that opens their eyes. It did for Anthony.

The last reason for thrift shopping is that your clothes are already worn in! No multiple washing or the discomfort of new and stiff. Whether you find a great pair of jeans or new jacket, it has the break in already and nothing feels better than a great, relaxed pair of jeans ready to bring you comfort all day right from the start.

These local teens made thrift shopping fun and cool! One of these gals has even been noticed by the European fashion community for her tips and topics as she makes finding trends in Goodwill enticing. You now see celebrities and Instagramers thrifting and it is now OK to be seen in Goodwill, so take advantage of that. You’re wallet will thank you. Make sure you sign up for the deals and offer announcements.

One more way to save that I forgot to mention is to donate! Bring those old items in and grab your 30% off 1 item so that when you find that piece you like and it is not currently on sale you have a coupon.

Looking through displays like our Goodwill store has of outfits and styles is great inspiration like the ones in the above collage that our student models picked out around the store. They found styles from the Skater, to the Stranger Things 80’s, casual and the soft female. Don’t forget the backpack, dorm supplies and school supplies while there. They have it all and Goodwill has a Back to School DIY page for inspiration.

Giveaway

1 lucky Western Washington reader will win a $50 Goodwill Gift Card. (see this store locator to see if your area qualifies, note Seattle and North does not qualify). Giveaway ends on 8/27. Enter below and good luck!

$50 Goodwill Gift Card