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Brad Baldridge is a late-stage college planning specialist. He helps parents of high school students plan and pay for college using strategies such as merit aid, need based aid, tax planning, savings and investing for college, negotiating with colleges, scholarships and loans.
Over the past 10 years Brad has directly helped hundreds of families plan and pay for college. He has provided in-depth college plans resulting in increased financial aid, scholarships, identification of the right schools at the right price, and better loans.
Brad’s expertise is featured weekly on his podcast, Taming The High Cost of College. Since 2013 Brad and his expert guests have explored and shared great information related to college planning. Brad received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1990.
On Today’s episode Brad gives parents advice on how to better manage their child’s college education.
Did you know? Brad built a specialty in college planning.
What do families do wrong with college planning? They start too late! The key to start early enough.
Did you know? College will cost you between 10 and 70K per year or more!
Brad’s words of wisdom: Do it on purpose instead of by accident. So if you go to college, figure out where you plan to go and what the plan will be when you get there. Don’t just show up at college, get good grades and think it’s all going to work out for you.
Make sure to go back and listen to episode #31, my interview with Celeste Horton about Creative Ways to Pay for College
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Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more present in the moment.
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Today on episode 142, I’m talking to Marc Hoberman, Founder and Director of Grade Success Inc. Marc is a Keynote Speaker, Seminar Leader, Consultant, and author and has trained students, teachers, and corporate executives nationally through a variety of Personal Improvement and Training Methods. As a freelance writer for NY Parents Metro Magazine, Marc has shared his wealth of educational expertise with thousands of parents each year. From the classroom to the boardroom, Marc continues his mission to “help people realize their full potential.”
On today’s episode, Marc gives us his best tips for how students can thrive at school and become better students.
Marc’s studying tips: Study for 20 minutes at one time, then take a 5 minute break away from study area, then go back and review same material for 20 minutes to best retain material.
Marc’s study tip no no’s: Don’t cram and don’t lie in bed while studying.
Marc’s best ways to get an “A”: 1) be in tune with your teacher (go office hours and seek extra credit) 2) form a study group with other smart students who you can learn from 3) do the best you can
Marc’s advice for teens: you are who your friends are. If you are emailing people who are not nice then you need to move away from that. And set a goal and ask yourself what you are going to do for the next ten years to achieve your goal.
For another related conversation check out my podcast episode # 38 with Jeff Leiken on The Power of Mentoring
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On episode 140, Alexis Avila talks to Dr. Delvina Miremadi Founder & Chief Resilience Officer at Realize Your Resilience a company dedicated to helping individuals, groups, and organizations build upon their strengths and foster resilience so they can grow, succeed and thrive. Dr. Miremadi completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Simmons College, focusing her research on academic resilience in higher education.
On today’s episode Delvina shares ways teens can develop the mental tools to overcome any life challenge that comes their way. She also teaches us how to follow the 50-40-10 rule. Listen in!
Fact: Delvina herself struggled with self-esteem issues and learned to conquer her struggles and now empowers others to do the same.
What parents can do to help their teens? Support them but don’t rescue them.
Advice for teens who put a mask on in school? Be kind to yourself, replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and don’t be afraid of failure.
Delvina’s words of wisdom for teens:
Believe in yourself and your abilities
Believe that your mind and you have control over your behavior and you can set that in a positive direction (leads to resilience)
Continue to learn and grow and make effort that will lead to increased resilience
Follow the 50-40-10 rule and work on the 40%. (50% of happiness is genetics, 10% is circumstance, 40% is determined by what you do everyday)
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On episode 136, Alexis Avila talks to teen expert Louise Palanker an LA-based writer/producer/performer/film-maker/author and host of Journals,a podcast and itunes app where she fields questions from teens about growing up and allows kids to connect safely with one another. With her Journals community, Teens and tweens all over the world are joining the conversation, creating their own profiles and collectively building a safe space to read, write, learn, share, encourage, interact and give and get advice. On today’s episode, Louise talks about the problems teens face today and shares some of the creative ways she helps teens thrive in today’s society.
Louise’s advice for parents: Don’t judge so much. Give teens a chance to fail a little bit, and become the person they can go to to talk if things aren’t going so well.
Louise’s advice for teens: Go for your dreams and dream big, but be realistic.
Louise’s words of wisdom: Continue to work on your skill sets, work on becoming an interesting person (because interesting people gravitate toward each other) and work on becoming a good listener. Do these things, and life opens up for the better.
For another related conversation, check out podcast episode #90 with Annie Fox, Effective Parenting in the 21st Century http://preppedandpolished.com/annie-fox-effective-parenting/
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On episode 134, Alexis Avila talks to John Hupalo CEO of Invite Education and writer of Plan and Finance Your Family’s College Dreams; A Parent’s Step-by-step guide from Pre-K to Senior Year from the Co-Founders of Invite Education. John is a nationally recognized expert in education loan finance and private credit student loans. On today’s episode, John talks about some key strategies families should employ when planning and financing their child’s college education. For a free three month trial of Invite Education’s college planning and financing tool go to: www.inviteeducation.com and type in “3Free”
John’s words of wisdom for teens: The most successful people don’t typically draw straight lines from college to career. Be as flexible as possible, be open to opportunities, and find what inspires you.
For another related conversation, check out podcast episode #19 with Jodi Okun, Finding College Cash, http://preppedandpolished.com/jodi-okun-finding-college-cash/
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Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished discusses 3 middle school parenting tips.
1. get the inside scoop
2. make respect a priority
3. engage in thoughtful conversation
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Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished talks about some things parents should consider when choosing a private school for their child.
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Alexis talks to parenting expert Erika Katz. A parenting and beauty expert, Erika is the author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust (Greenleaf Press, March 2011) and Bonding Over Beauty: The Beauty Recipes. Erika Katz uses her expertise to help moms bond with their ‘tween and teen daughters. Erika can be seen as a guest of The Today Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, Hollywood Live, Inside Edition, and Telemundo. She discusses and gives seminars on parenting, social media, beauty, lifestyle, and how to keep your child safe. Erika is a graduate of Dartmouth College. On today’s episodes Erika gives parents tips on how to talk to your teens, how to relate to your teens, and how to help your teens make more friends.
Parents, help your kids stay current.
Invite kids to have friends over, and have lots of snacks ready. Talking happens over food.
Get your kids involved in activities, THAT THEY LIKE
Don’t tell your kids “How can you be so stupid!”. Instead say, “How could you do better in that situation”.
Advice to avoid getting bullied? Encourage kid not to post too much.
Erika’s advice for teens entering young adulthood? Figure out what your’e good at, figure out what it’s going to take to get there, and don’t let any negativity get in your way.
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Alexis talks to Mike Berry. Mike’s a speaker and writer of the widely successful blog, Confessions of a Parent, a blog committed to helping overwhelmed parents find hope and humor on the [sometimes] difficult journey of parenting. In the pre-adoptive phase? Get Mike’s Free video series, Creating your adoption roadmap. Mike’s been married almost 16 years and raises 8 amazing children, all of whom have been adopted. Along with being adoptive parents, Mike has also served as foster parents for 8 years. On today’s episode Mike shares his experiences raising 8 adopted children. You will learn a lot about the adoption process, some of the best ways to raise happy adopted children, and some of the challenges adopted children face today.
Mike’s biggest adoption process obstacle? Not knowing where to begin!
Mike’s biggest adoption myth? Having the hero complex. Adoption is not about rescuing a child, but changing the life of the child!
Mike’s other adoption myth? Thinking you can’t love a child that’s not your own. Don’t underestimate your heart!
Mike’s best advice for managing time and stress when raising 8 children? Have a shared calendar to manage activities, and communicate!
Remember to always work with a credible adoption agency!
Mike’s advice for raising a happy adopted child? Don’t treat him any different than your biological child. See all your children as equal.
Mike’s tips for all teens? Stay calm and be patient in your journey.
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