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How to Tackle the Common App Essay

Pondering the Common App Questions….What Question Should My Rising Senior Chose?….None! As the end of the semester winds down, and high school juniors start to think about the looming mountain ahead of…

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3 Reasons To Begin College Admissions Work Now!

Imagine what it would be like if you could wave your magic wand and hear your rising senior proudly comment to you, “Mom, I know exactly what I need to do for…

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Top 10 Habits of Parents with Successful Kids

We try and we try. We read books, articles, and blogs about how to raise happy, healthy kids. Sometimes, it’s best to put the books down and just be yourself. Here are…

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Priorities

Eight months ago, we moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina due to my husband’s company relocating to Charlotte. It was a rough departure, leaving behind 17 years of memories where we raised…

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Work, Punish, Sleep: Not Me!

Cathy Markey         I’m sure you, like me, view yourself as a pretty darn hip parent.      After all, we use hipster social media (facebook, snapchat, twitter), sprinkle our…

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Life Lesson: Fear of Failure Leads to Success

It was December 1998, and only four months prior, my husband and I moved our family halfway across the country from Maryland to Wisconsin. We settled into a lovely community outside Milwaukee…

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How do I make sense out of this novel?

Help Your Child Spin Difficult Text Into Success  Now what?!? Smart solutions for your child’s reading disasters. Whether your child reads with ease or struggles to make sense of a book, the…

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Competition and Parental Involvement for the Perfect College Application

What Kind of Backseat Driver Are You? By Cathy Markey As your son or daughter settles behind the wheel on the road toward building a high school resume, as parents, it’s our…

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Boost Reading Scores Effective Annotating

5 Highly Effective Tips for Annotating Reading Material You know your son likes to read but fails to earn top grades on simple English class reading quizzes; how can you help him…

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3 Tips to Help Your Child’s College Essay Stand Out!

If you have a high school student, you know it’s never too early to start thinking about college. This time of year, students are perusing college options and narrowing down their choices…

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Climbing Steep Hills

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first” – William Shakespeare It is no surprise that Shakespeare, the great giver of advice on love, sadness, and emotion, also has some…

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Summer Time Skill Building! Don’t Forget about the Writing.

By now, the entire country has become aware of the importance of reading during summer break. Libraries and schools prioritized preventing the “summer slide,” encouraged by concerned parents, who described summer learning…

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