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Thursday, September 18, 2014

6 Reasons to Take Your Kids Out of the Country and 6 Ways to Make It Happen

The Huffington Post – AK Turner

“Starting a family doesn’t have to mean an endless routine mired in domesticity. If you had the travel bug before kids, you can and should continue to travel as your family grows. Exposing young children to other countries is an invaluable experience. Here are six reasons why:” (more)

Kids’ indoor, outdoor fitness strategies

Daily Herald – Staff Writer

“No matter the season, it’s important to ensure kids get up and moving so they stay on track with their physical fitness. Here are some tips with many that offer the opportunity for some good old-fashioned family time.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Report: Young Families More Educated, But Earning Less

Education News – Grace Smith

“The newly released 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that the median family with a head who is under 35 years old earned $35,509 in 2013 dollars. When adjusted for inflation that amount is 6% less than similar families reported in the first survey like this one in 1989. Floyd Norris, writing for The New York Times, says that though young families are better educated, but they are earning lower incomes.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third of parents are unhappy with local schools

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The level of parental dissatisfaction with the education system has been laid bare in new figures that show more than a third of mothers and fathers are not happy with standards at local schools.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Julia Steiny: We’re Crippling Our Kids with Fear

Education News – Julia Steiny

“I hate to date myself, but when we were 9 or even younger, my friends and I were off into the big bad world with only strict orders to be home when the street lights when on. Often we rode our bikes to a commercial street at least a mile away from the house.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sibling bullying increases depression risk

BBC – Staff Writer

“Being bullied regularly by a sibling could put children at risk of depression when they are older, a study led by the University of Oxford suggests.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why You Might Want More Than One College Savings Account

Time – Kerri Anne Renzulli

“The good news: There is no difference in how Coverdell ESAs and 529 savings plans factor into your child’s student aid, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, a website that helps people plan and pay for college.” (more)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching!

NPR – Aly Seidel

“Millions of families are heading to Target or Wal-Mart this month to make sure their kids have what they need for the first day of school. And, as many parents know, those glue sticks and gym clothes can really add up.” (more)

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

The Huffington Post – David Scott Clegg

“If we are walking this planet, breathing life into our lungs with each new breath, then we are playing the dual role of educator and the educated. Teacher and student — with preferably a greater emphasis on the latter to be more effective in the former.” (more)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3 Financial Firsts All Parents Should Prepare Their Children For

The Huffington Post – Andrew Plepler

“As parents, some of our greatest joys come from witnessing those “first-time” milestones in our children’s lives. I’m experiencing one right now: My daughter is buying her first car. All she can think about is hanging out with her friends. Meanwhile, I’m thinking this is a great time for the two of us to talk about the financial responsibility that comes with car payments, auto insurance and ever-increasing gas prices.” (more)