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  1. How America Pays for College in 2015

    How America pays for college infographicHow America pays for collegeIn July, financial services company Sallie Mae and the global independent market research company Ipsos released the eighth annual “How America Pays for College” study. The report focuses on how much money parents and students spend for a college education, where they obtain the funds to pay for the expenses associated with college, and their thoughts about the cost and value of higher education.

    Perhaps the most surprising finding is that parental income and savings surpassed scholarships and grants for the first time in five years, and is the number one source of paying for college.

    For more insights from the How America Pays for College study, check out our accompanying infographic:

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. The Common Core: What Parents Need to Know

    Students Learning in the ClassroomA new study from the University of Connecticut polled parents about the Common Core, the new education standards that have been enacted in 44 states nationwide to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow. Of the parents who responded, 39% weren’t even aware that the standards existed.

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  3. 5 Reasons to Have Life Insurance (and Why It Can Cost More Not to Have It)

    life insurance reasons infographictop 5 reasons for having life insuranceAccording to the 2015 Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and the life insurance association LIMRA, more than 40 percent of Americans don’t have life insurance. That equates to more than 128 million people without coverage.

    Reasons that people give for not having life insurance vary, from “life insurance is too expensive” to “I still have time, I don’t need life insurance yet” to “I don’t know how to get coverage.” However, its purpose remains the same: Life insurance can provide loved ones with financial protection when they need it most, just like automobile insurance, health insurance and home insurance.

    If you don’t have life insurance, here are five reasons for life insurance that you may have not yet fully considered:

  4. Child Passenger Safety: What Parents Can Do to Protect their Precious Cargo

    reduce risk for child passengersOne of the most important roles that parents play is as protector for their children, tasked with keeping them out of harm’s way and equipping them with the ability to protect themselves when they become adults. This includes protection and safety in automotive vehicles.

    Keeping your child safe while you or someone else is behind the wheel is crucial. The number of child-related automobile injuries is staggering, but there are steps that you can take to protect your most precious cargo.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. The Best WORST Dad Jokes of All Time

    the best worst dad jokes of all timeIt often seems that a man’s sense of humor evolves when he becomes a father. He develops a remarkable and uncanny ability to work puns and cheesy one-liners into everyday conversations. His family, often lovingly (and cringingly), is likely to refer to such quips as a “Dad joke.”

    Some people find that Dad jokes are so bad that they’re actually kind of good.

    To celebrate the sense of humor of fathers everywhere, whether it’s corny or wonderful, we’ve compiled some “Best WORST Dad Jokes” supplied by five dads who’ve used them.

    One has to admit…the jokes have “Dad” written all over them.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips