Why Teens Should Avoid Student Loan Debt Like the Plague

And What They Can Do Instead

With high school graduation on the horizon for so many teens, and paying for college looming just beyond, I want to revisit the topic of avoiding student loan debt like the plague that it is. It breaks my heart to hear the horror stories of young people – teens and millennials – who are burdened […]

Guiding Your Teens versus Pushing (or Shoving) Them

Have you ever known parents who push their teens to the point of stress and detriment? Of course, sometimes teens do need a little nudge in the right direction to keep them on course. And, depending on the teen and his or her tendencies, some may need more than a nudge. That doesn’t mean they […]

Just Let Me Catch My Breath! – Dealing With the Rapid Passage of Time

Okay, just hold everything for a minute. I need to compose. A little time to digest how quickly life flies by without waiting or pausing for anyone to catch up. You all will be proud of me for, once again, resisting the urge to turn into a blubbering idiot this past week. This time was […]

Help Your Teens LAUNCH Their Career Paths!

What Will They Be When They Grow Up?

How many times do people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up? The answer is – a lot! It’s a good question, and one that can be a bit hard to answer for teens who may not be familiar with all of the job and career options available to them. The […]

Where Should Your Teen Go to College? The Answer May Surprise You.

There’s a chill in the air. Time for those campus visits, and time to fill out college applications. Time to zero in on a major course of study, and time to hunt down and apply for scholarships. And don’t forget about the FAFSA. Fall is the time for falling temperatures, football games, and pumpkin spice […]

What Are the Rules For a College Kid Who Lives at Home?

Parents of college kids are in a unique spot, especially compared to what they’ve experienced up to this point in raising their teens. Now those teens are officially “adults,” and proceeding from this point may get a bit tricky. Recently, someone asked me what the rules should be for a college kid who lives at […]

Does My Teen Need to Go to College to Be Successful?

Getting a sense of direction

The 7 Year Adventure encourages positivity and enjoyment of all aspects of the process of raising teenagers. A huge part of that process includes helping them wade through the thousands of possibilities for career and life path choices that lie ahead of them. No small task, indeed. I had a conversation recently with a woman […]

Why Teens Should Avoid Student Loan Debt Like the Plague

And What They Can Do Instead

Teenagers in high school often dream of going to college and pursuing a degree. But what if a teen goes into a huge amount of debt in order to make that dream a reality? All four years, the student is racking up thousands of dollars in debt just to pursue that dream. Then she graduates, […]

Saying Goodbye to Your College Kid Without Turning Into a Blubbering Idiot, Again

I published this article several months ago when I had to kiss my college-aged son goodbye and send him back to college after a long and wonderful Christmas break. Now, after an even longer and more wonderful summer break, I find myself in the same predicament. Only this time it’s even harder. When he leaves […]

Your Child Is Turning 20 – The 7 Year Adventure Ends

...But The Life Journey Is Just Beginning!

Where did the time go? I ask myself this question every time I see pictures of my kids when they were little, which is pretty often. Parents do that. We can’t help it. There’s something about those chubby, baby cheeks that tends to make us wax nostalgic, sometimes to the chagrin of our kids. But […]