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December 2014

By Susan Pohorski
As your children mature and become less dependent maybe it is time to think about your own dreams and career. When you don’t have to spend every waking hour tending to your children’s needs, you can stop for a few moments and think about your own needs and desires. When her children were both in...
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
How will you spend the last week of 2014? Many of you will sleep in and spend hours playing video games or binge watching Family Guy or Pretty Little Liars . Hopefully, you will find some time to get off the couch and go outside for some physical exercise. (Skiing anyone?) After you check your...
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,...

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