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When is “Enough” Enough?

When is “enough”, enough?  To answer this question, let’s define “enough”.  In my experience, an outside (read: someone else’s) definition of “enough” may provide a starting point, but knowing when I’m “enough” is an inside job.  Clients and friends time and again have reinforced the notion that “trusting my own experience” will be the true …

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It’s Never Too Early (or Late) to Plan for College Costs

After talking with News10 Sacramento this morning about financial aid and paying for college, thought I’d share a few additional tips and expand on a few points we discussed: Understanding the Family’s Finances: The more parents can understand the family finances, the better planning can take place for the additional expense of college tuition.  Some …

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From Reluctance, Blossoms an Impassioned Papa

All of the things I thought I would become, a father was never one. My marriage having failed in my early thirties, only helped to solidify the idea that fatherhood was for everyone else, but me. The last thing the world needed was for me to be in a position of influencing a member of …

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What Trends in Public University Tuition Means for College Bound Seniors

Public universities and colleges are partially funded by student tuition and partially by state and local government revenues (i.e. taxes collected), alongside subsidies by the Federal government and private donations.  Public funding is then allocated per full time student, as shown in the map below. Alaska contributes the most per student at $14,837, while the …

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“Summer Reading” Is Not An Oxymoron

As summer vacation begins, so too does the back and forth negotiation to complete summer reading assignments.  Even for avid readers, summer reading assignments can sap the pleasure derived from reading. Both parents and teens know all the logical, rational reasons TO complete summer reading sooner rather than later, but there’s that part of the …