2020 Holidays, Books Reviews, College Bound, Education, Giveaways

Book Review: Success Skills for High School, College, and Career, Rev Ed.

2020 has been a rough year for students. All the more reason to take a moment and focus on skill building. Success Skills for High School, College, and Career is now revised and ready to help students plan for success.

What makes Success Skills for High School, College, and Career, Rev Ed. a great read and perfect gift to include for the Holidays?

There are 8 chapters focusing first on Getting to Know Yourself and ending with Embracing Mentoring. By reading through this book you get to know your strengths and weaknesses. You are inspired to properly challenge yourself in various ways for your career path. As you move through the chapters you learn how to communicate and form business relationships. Then tackle what it means today to look and act in a professional way all while balancing your personal life.

Less of a book full of inspiring quotes and motivation, it is more of a road map to cover all you can think of when getting to and staying in your goal profession and making it work for you beyond the road you took getting there.

I have read a few success books that told me ‘aim high’ or ‘take notes…” but I have never been told in a success book that College students can visit their school’s student center on advice on how to dress for an interview and even help you acquire such clothing. This makes a great gift for students with plenty of skills and advice for 2020 and beyond!

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Name Stories personalized name print

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Name Stories personalized name print

Last week we tore up our tweens game room and to reorganize that room it meant using his bedroom for extra storage. We are distance learning to start the school year in most of Wa. state so we needed to create him a home learning space. He is 12 and heading into the 7th grade so we did our final sweep of toys and little boy ‘stuff’ – he wants sports and gaming. I would love to hold onto the memories and toys and prints that meant so much to him at different times in his life, now he says, “Mom. Just toss it”.

Aside from basketballs and gaming themes I hung my piece of special, his Name Stories personalized name print so that he remembers exactly who he is and meant to be by his name. Anthony – it means Son of Hercules, strong, independent, wise. A strong Italian name connecting him to his genealogy and defining his spirit. This is a keeper and will stay with him on a wall forever.

Name prints

These name prints are available at Name Stories and I was even able to personalize it by adding the top line, Our Amazing Son…Anthony. I chose the white on red as red is his favorite color. His personalized name print came wrapped well and undamaged, ready for a frame.

Whether for baby’s room or to add something special to your teen’s space, this personalized name print will remind them of the meaning of their name. When we are rearranging the home and our lives around distance learning or perhaps you will switch to homeschooling to keep social distancing, this can be a special personalized name print to hang in this space.

At a time of new normals and a huge shift in schooling or even for the teen heading to College on top of a virus which adds worry, perhaps this gentle reminder to ground them in the meaning of their name and who they stand for is needed more than ever. Name Stories has your child’s name and meaning ready to print and send. Customize your child’s personalized name print today at NameStories.com

College Bound, Home, School

College Care Packages: Succulents Subscription Boxes

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College Care Packages: Succulents Subscription Boxes

I remember the day we drove our son to College for the first time. It is exciting and there was so much planning that built up to that day, but again it is a bittersweet time as well. I went crazy on care packages. I found a local baker who would deliver cupcakes for special occasions, I would order pizza to his dorm, mail snack and med packs. College care packages are a fantastic tether with your child away at school.

If you have a daughter heading off to school or even need a care package for someone ill or going through a change the Succulents Subscription Boxes are so well done and my favorite way to receive the succulents is in their clay pots so they are ready for new spots in my home right away.

centerpiece succulents

I was sent the 4-pack of succulents this month with clay pots. They came wrapped very well, none were damaged. Then I got to walk around my home and cheer up a few spaces that needed a small plant as company. My dining table got a pot (above is my favorite: Baby Necklace, a Crassula) and so did my mantle (a Dancing Bones and Moonglow).

dancing bones

Can you imagine being away in your first place or dorm and each month a new small succulent arrives to add some fresh decor to your space? This is why I think of students who are in need of fun college care packages to look forward too.

I also think that make great gifts to send to a new Mom or as a housewarming gift – new homes and new babies are a lot of work and succulents are so easy to care for. I think every hanging basket and plant IO was given at my house warming died in days because I set it down and was just too busy and overwhelmed with unpacking to give them care at that time.

succulents box

When you visit Succulents Box you will fond 5 subscription plan options and over 200 succulents. They have your favorite succulents as well as some rare ones also. Order your succulents or choose a subscription plan today at Succulents Box.

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.