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Getting Started with Your Child’s Financial Aid

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When beginning to think about paying for your children’s education the first thing to do is to stop crying, pull yourself together, take a deep breath and call Lance or your therapist. The next thing you should do is follow these steps to start the process of exploring some financial assistance programs that are available.

You should always start with the FAFSA  http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa. No, this is not a typographical error, but the acronym for theFree Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the form you complete to determine the amount of money you are qualified to receive from federal assistance programs and grants, as well as federal loans. It is also used for many state, regional, and private student aid programs.

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When Should Your Child Begin Thinking About Their Career?

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Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions your child will make in their lives. Yes, even more important than whether to go Android or iPhone. So, how do we normally handle this milestone(the career, not the phone)?Well, for most of us parents we wait for the decision to fall into our child's lap;some sort of heavenly immaculate career reception.

Parents can begin early in their child's life, exposing them to different experiences followed by career focused discussions that center on their thoughts and impressions. A great place and time is when the family is gathered at the dinner table. There's nothing like slipping in a quick career question, while simultaneously passing the potatoes.

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Summer Job Ideas for Your Teen

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Are you worried that you teenage children may have acquired the dreaded diseases of"affluenza"or"entitlementia."The common traits of these sydromes are frequently found in speech patterns involving statements such as"I need...", "I want..." or "Give me..."  Or in habits such as staying up late, waking up late(are we detecting a pattern here?)partying at the beach, and hanging out with friends, just to name a few.

If you think your teens have contracted one of these debilitating diseases, there is only one known cure which is to go "old school" on them. That's right, it may be time to add some more productive items to the list which will provide growth, respect for money, a bit of discipline and experience combined with some income opportunities for them.

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