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You vs. GRE

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A senior in high school perseveres through the SAT/ACT by saying “I’ll never have to do this again.” Wrong. Most aiming for graduate school must overcome the GRE monster. It is a four hour soul sucking exam that literally determines the rest of your life. Unlike undergraduate schools, graduate schools mainly look for three things; high GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation, and an above average GPA.  Grab a notebook and jot down these tips to help your college student survive tidal waves of vocab, essays, and critical thinking.

Picking a Summer Camp

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One way to conquer part of summer boredom is summer camp.  Summer camps, when chosen properly, can provide wonderful experiences for your child that last a lifetime.  Parents who do their research before the camp experience can rest assured as their child spends time away from home at camp.

Paint the Town Neon

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Target is the hot spot for summer shopping. Neon trends, tribal prints, page turners, and must-have technology are assembled for your convenience in one place. Shopping for your teenage daughter does not have to be a mystery with the top ten Target items she is sure to use all summer long from pool side to car rides.

Lessons on Saving and Spending

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piggy bank money savings kids learnI’ve always told my kids that if they learned this one simple trick they could double any money they earned. “Just fold it in half and stick in your pocket!” Today that advice is not so easy to follow since everyone uses credit cards and debit cards and eChecks or PayPal. But this time-honored and wealth generating logic still holds true: there are only two ways to financial well being. You either make more or spend less….and doing both is even better. Let me show you how we taught our boys to save and spend responsibly….

College hunting: The Excel File

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College hunting is serious business. State of the art gyms and dining commons have allure, but do the academic challenges rise above? Use one Excel file to keep yourself in line and organize deal breakers and shiny attractions of the Universities at the top of your list. Then, navigate overwhelming University websites with ease and focus. These tips will leave you calm, cool, and collected in the midst of accumulating brochures and looming decisions.

Creating A Better Password

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PasswordIf you’re like me you probably have passwords for nearly everything.  Work email; home email; online forums; banking; ebay; twitter; Facebook; and dozens of others.  As a parent (and a busy one – right) you need to make sure that the cute little techno wizard you’ve raised doesn’t hack into your PC and start using or viewing stuff that you’d rather keep secure.  A good password is important, but a great password is even better.  Here are some hints and tips for you to create secure passwords.....

Help for Helping with Homework

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Dads might have left their calculus problems and English papers behind, but now their kids must endure the same torture. From kindergarten to senior year, kids are given homework assignments, and they are going to need help, even if they don’t ask for it, during all those years.

So, how does a busy dad help his befuddled first grader with very simple worksheets?

Intentional Random Acts of Kindness

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Flowers GiftI have a personal issue with the term “random” acts of kindness. Why must they be random? Why not make them deliberate, intentional, or planned? Remember the movie “Pay it Forward”? Very inspirational and motivating… but the acts were not random. So with the literary nit-picking aside, what would I or could I do to make a positive change?

Parent Teacher Conferences

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teacherI have a unique perspective on parent-teacher conferences (PTC). I’ve been attending these little academic dances for many years now - First as a student, and obviously now as a parent. However that does not make my perspective any different than yours. But being married to a teacher has given me a deeper and a much greater appreciation and understanding of the process. Let me share some tips and give you some free advice on how to make the most of these meetings....

Your Kids' Bedrooms -- Cool Themes Are Easier Than You Think!

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Kids' décor? Let's face it. We dads aren't Martha Stewart. We don't have craft parties, we don't sit around watching HGTV (at least so far as our wives know), and we don't know the first thing about color palettes.

But we do want our kids to have cool bedrooms. Why? Their bedrooms are their first "territory", the first flag they plant in the ground of independence. Having that bit of control can be the same feeling of sanctuary that we feel when we soak up that extra hour of sleep on a Sunday morning, or flip on that Chuck Norris movie as a guilty pleasure.

So, when your toddler proudly proclaims that he's a "big kid", here's how you can turn his baby's room into a cool big kid sanctuary -- all without losing your mind!