advice for parents

By Erin Eagan
Parents often tell their children they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. A rocket scientist? Sure. A world-famous surgeon? No problem. ‘The world is your oyster,’ they say. But is it really? Not necessarily, according to psychologist and parent educator Dr. Erica Reischer. Author...
By Nathan Bossow
If you or your child received an email offering a 25 percent discount to any Wisconsin college, I’m guessing a majority of you would assume the email was a scam. However, a 25 percent off discount to a Wisconsin college is within reach of almost every high school student in Wisconsin. Despite the...
By Susan Pohorski
The mother of a soon-to-be high school student recently admitted she doesn’t want her daughter to go to high school. She’s afraid of what her sweet girl will become, afraid of the changes as teens struggle to separate from their parents and become more independent. Her confession started a lively...
By Susan Pohorski
Often teens don’t know what they want to do as adults because they were not exposed to different careers when they were young. Career exploration can begin with a preschool picture book. Bob the Builder is not the only career role model for young children. Many children’s books feature characters...
By Kyle Schwarm
We have all seen this course of events. Someone we know has earned a four-year degree but they are now bagging groceries or waiting on tables to make a living. A growing number of economists, employers and academics say the post secondary education system in the U.S. is producing too many four-year...
By Susan Pohorski
“I’m bored!” How often do you hear that? And how many of us jump to provide activity or entertainment for the complaining child? Mom and Dad, you do not have to be your child’s chief activity officer. When was the last time you let your child play with other children without a structured program?...
By Susan Pohorski
The advertisements for dorm room furnishings have started to arrive. It is time to step up preparations to launch your child into college life. Even students who will be staying home and attending a local community or technical college need to get ready and prepare for what’s ahead. You may not...
Wondering where to start in advising your child about future careers? Ty Jury, a guidance counselor at Waunakee Middle School, tells students and parents their career development is a “slinky” model rather than the traditional “ruler” model. “Just knowing the process by high school and where to...
By Susan Pohorski
On behalf of all Baby Boomer parents everywhere I want to apologize to our children. I’m sorry I said you could be whatever you want to be. I’m sorry I told you a four-year degree was the only way to get a good-paying career. I’m sorry I let you borrow all that money to spend on tuition. Now you...
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