Wednesday’s Parent: Favorite lines and tips

Blue Ribbon favorite lines and tips Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Blue Ribbon favorite lines and tips Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

If you enjoy a fun read where you get helpful information and insights, check out some of my favorite lines and tips from past posts. These twelve cover parenting issues of stress and preparing children for college and beyond. I threw in a bonus to make it a baker’s dozen.

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  1. Button pusher’s resistance guide to parenting Some topics push buttons and both parents and children react. Emotionally it feels like an alarm that keeps ringing. This changes a teachable moment into a lesson in frustration for all. Sometimes, parents’ own buttons are pushed. The result isn’t any better. Read on for 12 ways to resist the button push and spark a dialogue.
  2. Parental peer pressure You may want to boast about the colleges on your student’s list, those she got into, and the one he chose to accept admission from but bragging rights shouldn’t be part of any of these decisions. Read on for examples of parental peer pressure and some good advice from Thomas Edison.
  3. Valuing academics From the first time parents hold their newborn to the good-bye hug at the college dorm, parents want their child to succeed. Books are often the first formal learning tool parents share with their offspring. Babies may chew on them but children’s minds savor the knowledge contained on the pages. Read on for how parents may show the importance of academics to their children and ignite a life-long love of learning from preschool through high school.
  4. Adding the extras Colleges want interesting, motivated students who show commitment to their passions and will not just fit in but will contribute to their campus. And parents want their children to be happy, full-filled and successful in school and beyond. Read on for 5 ways parents may help their children explore, learn and thrive with all the extras to make this happen.
  5. 10 out-of-the-gift-box ideas for a healthy lifestyle If only chocolate was a leafy vegetable, ice cream sodas were fresh water, lounging on a beach burned calories and tanning was good for your skin. Read on for 10 out-of-the-box gift ideas to encourage good health any time of the year.
  6. Will your child be a good citizen? As teens transition from high school to college, college to the working world, the decisions they make have greater and greater consequences. Will they maximize their higher education opportunities? Will they remain curious and become life-long learners? Will they make sure they are informed about current issues? Will they be able to support themselves? Will they care about others? Will they do a good job picking out our nursing homes? Read on for how parents may help.
  7. 7 Shakespearean steps to good decision-making Life is full of choices and the quality of life depends on the quality of those decisions. Read on for seven steps to making good decisions based on Shakespeare’s timeless quotes.
  8. Passing the responsibility torch He’s got his mom’s eyes. She has her dad’s smile. He’s got his grandpa’s sense of humor. No one ever says, “She has her grandma’s sense of responsibility.” Maybe it’s because many react to the concept like responsibility is a four-letter word. Read on for a list of typical problems and preventive solutions for parents to teach responsibility now before their children go off to college as young adults.
  9. 6 Circus lessons for balancing the budget Many kids and parents are fans of the circus. They marvel at the skills of the aerialists, acrobats and animal tamers. They laugh at the antics of the clowns, consume tasty treats and watch the sideshows. Read on for the powerful financial lessons that may be learned from these performers to help teens learn about managing money.
  10. Stressing out the college process Reactions to stress vary from fatigue to frenzy. Some may be frozen in a state of inaction, unable to be motivated. Others may find themselves so agitated they can’t concentrate. Read on for the best ways to handle, use and break from stress.
  11. 6 great examples to cure Senioritis This troubling “disease” is usually associated with high school seniors but the joy of the passed holiday season, vacation breaks, and winter doldrums can afflict parents and students of all ages. Read on and take a cue from six great cultural examples to get well quick and cure senioritis.
  12. 6 antidotes for spring fever First senioritis then spring fever. These are the two non-medical maladies that plague students and their parents. Read on for 6 flowery antidotes.

Here’s a bonus post for Mother’s Day for those who believe this should be every day:

Embracing your almost adult-children on Mother’s Day

Read Suzanne’s post: Stress, Stress and More Stress


Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Suzanne Shaffer and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start!

The bonus is on the fourth Wednesday of each month when Suzanne and I will host Twitter chat #CampusChat at 9pm ET/6pm PT. We will feature an expert on a topic of interest for parents of the college-bound.

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