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  1. Dorm Packing List for Freshman Year of College

    Young woman moving into dormAs your child prepares to leave home for his or her first year away at college, you may be enlisted to help pack since your child may be unsure of the specifics of what to take.

    Before you begin packing, however, you may want your child to coordinate with his or her future roommate so that they avoid having duplicates of large items that could be shared, such as a television set, microwave oven, or small refrigerator.

    Now you can get down to packing the essentials. To help you and your child avoid overlooking anything, you may find it helpful to refer to this dorm packing list, to which you can add or delete any items to match your needs.

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. Help Safeguard Your Children’s Privacy Online

    child-online-privacy-previewIt’s hard to keep information about ourselves off of the Internet. Social media and other factors have increased the likelihood that personal photos and information will appear online, even if we don’t want them to. Parents face the double challenge of managing both their own and their children’s online privacy.

    The task starts before the children can even log onto a computer. Although they may be too young to share their information and photos on social media, their parents may want to share photos with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures concerning their children’s online privacy.

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  3. Buying Life Insurance: A Guide to Getting Started

    mature couple doing online researchBuying life insurance means facing a lot of choices. Your family’s financial future may ride on your decision. How to make the right decision for you, your budget and your family?

    You’ll have to calculate how much insurance you need; research insurance companies and the different kinds of insurance policies available; decide on an insurance company and insurance policy that best meet your needs, and then cross-check your research to be sure you’re getting the best value for your money without undermining your core needs.

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  4. Generational Differences in Use of Social Media

    Millennial social media post exampleSocial media has been changing how many people communicate, including the way that different generations communicate online. Although members of a family might speak a shared language, they‘re likely to speak differently online – so differently that three identical posts by three family members of different ages could appear to say three different things.

    For instance, maybe a teenager has chuckled when grandpa posted something on the teenager’s wall that he meant to post on his own wall. Or maybe an older relative has struggled to decipher the emoji use of a young niece or why she uses “100” so much.

    Could this portend a rising demand for skilled multilingual translators of generational speech? Or higher salaries for the savvy who can fluently communicate both grammatically and in ungrammatical social media-ese? Or a return to The Stone Age, where tonal grunts worked just fine? Or simply today’s version of yesterday’s “slang”?

    Here are some fanciful general perceptions:

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  5. Strategies for Choosing the Right College

    young woman in dorm roomIf you and your child are in the process of researching and selecting colleges, you know that it can be a long process. One of the things that can contribute to the length of the task is that you’ll want to find a happy medium between a college that your child wants to attend and one that is financially feasible for you.

    The rising cost of college makes the search all the more difficult. As the cost continues to rise, more and more students are becoming saddled with an excessive amount of debt.

    Two excellent solutions to the dilemma are public state universities and two-year community colleges, both of which you’ll want to consider when choosing the right college for your child. Here’s why:

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    Categories: College Planning