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 […]

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Become Self-Sufficient

Ah, self-sufficient teens and millennials. It seems to be a running joke in today’s world for these two groups of people to be anything but self-sufficient or self-sustaining. But upon closer observation, one can actually find and identify this small but strong demographic. The beauty of the situation is that we have control over how […]

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 […]

7 Steps to Help Your Teens Prosper

and have a Happy New Year and beyond

What does it mean to prosper? According to Merriam Webster, the first definition says it is to succeed in an enterprise or activity, especially: to achieve economic success. The second definition is to become strong and flourishing. These are wonderful and even noble aspirations. Prosperous teens now mean healthy, happy, financially sound adults later. And […]

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 […]

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, […]

Exceptional Teen Feature – Andrew Pfluger, August, 2016

What do YOU want to be when you grow up? Every kid has been asked this question at some time in his or her life. The answers are usually predictable. Doctor. Teacher. Veterinarian. Nurse. Firefighter. Astronaut. Entrepreneur. Wait… what? We don’t usually hear that last one. But an entrepreneur is exactly what Andrew Pfluger has […]