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December 2014

By Susan Pohorski
We want our kids to have a variety of experiences and provide them with opportunities to explore their interests and abilities. So we enroll them in music lessons, sports, scouting and other extra curricular activities. But when does this become too much? Yes, there are benefits to team sports like...

November 2014

By Susan Pohorski
Less than half of the states in the U.S. teach financial literacy in grades K-12. In Wisconsin, only 44 percent of school districts require a course in financial literacy. Parents: it’s up to you to teach your kids how to manage money. If these past few years have taught us anything, it is that we...
By Susan Pohorski
Is your child a natural entrepreneur? Does she sell more Girl Scout cookies than other girls her age? Has he cornered the market on lawn mowing in your neighborhood? A young man I know established a coffee roasting business when he was 13 years old. He’s moved on to selling his photography on the...
By Susan Pohorski
Are you one of the thousands of military veterans returning home to start a new career and a new life? You might be exploring the possibilities of higher education. So what are the best options for you? Local technical colleges can often provide the best educational environment for men and women on...

October 2014

By Susan Pohorski
Contrary to Cyndi Lauper's popular song, girls don't just want to have fun, girls want to do lots of things. They want to use their brains, explore their environments, make a difference, create things and help people. The number of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is...
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?...

September 2014

By Susan Pohorski
If you grew up in the 1970s you probably thought manufacturing was dirty, dumb and dangerous. Your mom probably didn’t encourage you to follow that career path. “Go to law school. Get an MBA. Become a doctor or marry a doctor,” was probably her advice. That was then, this is now. Today,...
By Susan Pohorski
When friends or family come to visit, where do you like to take them? A state park? An ethnic festival? A golf course or a bike trail? Maybe Wisconsin Dells, Door County or a Brewer game? There are so many things to see and do in our state. That’s why visits to Wisconsin topped 100 million last...

August 2014

By Susan Pohorski
As I look around in public places I am noticing more parents pushing their child in a stroller and talking on their cell phone, listening to an mp3 player or checking messages, Twitter or Facebook. What does that teach the child about communication? Someone else is more important than they are? My...
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...

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