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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.

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Decorating with Your Kids

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As we enter the final countdown to Christmas, here are a few ideas to help while away those hours. If you're like me, your kids have a solid week or two of vacation this holiday. Why not spend that time having fun and teaching your kids about the holiday spirit.

Tis The Season- For Wrap Rage!

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This is again where e-tail giant Amazon has once again struck a blow for the little guy. With its certified Frustration-Free (tm) Packaging, Amazon has created another niche market. Gone are the impossible clam shells. Gone is the 30' of plastic coated wire. Banished are the plastic clips and staples holding Barbie's hair to the box lid. Amazon has gotten the manufactures to put products in sensible, consumer friendly, and even environmentally friendlier packaging. Those products are easy to find, and will reduce your blood pressure, your kids' frustration, and your footprint. Win Win Win.

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!

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....

Reinstalling Windows 7: Not a Genuine Version of Windows

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Frustrated Computer AgainFor some reason my HTPC got corrupted and gave me the great message of "Not a Genuine version of Windows."  - Great!   After poking around for a few minutes, I saw that my Windows Update was no longer working.  Oh Great!  I spent an hour trying to restore Windows Update with various suggestions I Googled.  No luck.  Even went back to the Microsoft Technet site.  Now, we're getting deep.  Still nothing was working.  I tried various fixes, patches, and registry hacks.  No dice.

Benefits of Reading To Your Kids

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Reading kids mom dad booksWe used to read to our boys all the time when they were little. It was a special time for each of us as parents to have a quiet time to connect with them. The rush and worries of the day were put aside and we all took the time to relax and recharge our batteries. And the boys loved it because we were giving them all of our attention and meeting their emotional needs. This simple act was a critical time for us as parents since we both worked full time jobs.

Tricks and Treats of Move out Day

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The dizzying atmosphere of sleep deprived college students moving out is the polar opposite of move in day. With finals over and friends saying goodbye, the last thing a college student wants to do is linger and be the last one to leave. Simplify move out day with these tried and true tips....