Attending college is a useful step for many who want to pursue professional careers. Studies show that those with a college degree will make $2.1 million vs those who don’t over their lifetimes. However, paying for college is no simple feat. With student loan debt at an all-time for recent college graduates, finding alternatives to save on the cost of college is a common goal. While attending a state school, applying for scholarships and grants, or having parents who began a 529 plan shortly after you were born are great options, here are 10 ways to save for college that may not have appeared on your radar yet. Read more
A long time ago, I thought an app could only help with parenting if it could produce two extra arms for me or add 12 extra hours to the day, but with this batch of helpful apps, I was proven wrong.
From helping me navigate dinner to creating a family budget that’s easy to use, these apps are there to make my life easier. Even though it’s not an extra extremity in the literal sense, I can always count on them to lend me a (figurative) hand. Read more
I write about kids and parenting a lot, but it might surprise you to know that I am not actually a mom; I’m an aunt – an aunt who has been very involved in my nieces and nephews lives and has helped raise them; a backup parent of sorts. So, I feel like I know my “mommy” stuff. While I’ve dealt with many mom type issues like rocking crying babies to sleep, sick kids, and tantrums in the store, I’ve never had to deal with the highly controversial issue facing all moms of babies – breastfeeding.
It sometimes seems crazy that breastfeeding has such a negative stigma attached to it. It’s the most natural thing in the world, next to pregnancy, yet there are still people who are off-put, even disgusted by the process. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little more than uncomfortable with the issue myself. My sister has had four kids and has breastfed each one, and my reaction to her taking out a boob and putting a baby on it has always been met with a “GEEZ cover up!” from me.
Why do I feel this way? It not like I don’t know what boobs look like since I have them, and they are far more useless than those of moms who are nourishing babies with them. And I’m not the only one who feels this way, there are countless other people who feel the same way. It’s crazy, right? There is actually a simple answer to this phenomena – socialized stigma. There is a whole history behind the stigma of breastfeeding, and it dates back to ancient times.
A constant companion in the form of your four-legged best friend may be less than thrilled when you bring home a new, little bundle of joy. While some of our pets may become anxious when we leave them at home while we’re away, imagine how they’ll feel when we bring home something that requires almost constant supervision and care.
While the majority of pets will make this transition smoothly without incident, there are some ways we can make this process more tolerable for our pets. Check out these tips for bringing baby home that will make this unexpected appearance more pleasant for them: Read more
It happened; your high schooler came up to you and said they don’t want to go college. For years you dreamed and assumed your kid would graduate high school and move on to the hallowed halls of university to solidify their future successes. Unfortunately, college is an expensive venture that isn’t always a guarantee for success, and pressuring your teen to go isn’t going to motivate them, it’s going to stress them. Read more
As parents, you want your kids to grow up to be successful. You think about their academic abilities and make sure they are getting a good rounded education. But the truth is, your kid could be the smartest one in the class, but if they don’t have any social skills, they might still not get far in life. Social skills are necessary for building and maintaining relationships, whether they be personal or professional. But how much more socialization do kids need outside of school? If you ask me, a lot. Read more
Many families these days rely on two working parents to support the household. For many moms, and dads too, there can come a lot of guilt with wanting to maintain a career while also being a good parent. If you’re struggling to find a balance between work and spending quality time with your kids, you’re not alone! Learning how to balance work and home life is simple if you keep the 3 “P’s” in mind—planning, preparation, and prioritizing. By planning and preparing for your day in advance and prioritizing tasks, you’ll make time for your children where you never thought possible. Follow these tips to put the 3 “P’s” in action and get down the balancing act of work and kids: Read more
Summertime isn’t just for kids anymore. As the stresses of work pile up throughout the year, more and more adults are saving up vacation time and planning for holidays during the warmer months so they can spend time with family and relax a bit. Cookouts and pool parties are some of the most popular ways to celebrate summer, but making preparations can be costly and time-consuming.
There are several things you can do to have a fun fete and keep costs down, however, and your guests will never know you didn’t spend a fortune on food and decorations. Here are some of the best tips for planning a pool party on a budget. Read more