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LIFE August 23, 2017

How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


5 ways to re-engage high school dropouts
(BPT) - For Christine Wilkins, now 16, freshman year of high school was an ordeal. The same students who bullied her in middle school were at her new high school. Just approaching the school entry filled her with angst. One day, instead of going in, she turned around and went home.'The idea of walk... More >>


5 ways to save money on back-to-school shopping
(BPT) - The new school year is quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend $83.6 billion dollars on clothing, supplies and other school items according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. The study also found that the average family surveyed plans to spend $687 on back-to-s... More >>


Clean clothes lead to success at school [Infographic]
(BPT) - As children around the country are heading back to school, schools are focusing on supporting students who struggle with absenteeism. According to the Department of Education, more than 6 million students missed 15 or more days of school in 2013-2014. There is one surprising factor causing ... More >>


4 back-to-school basics for a successful school year
(BPT) - With the summer months starting to cool, one thing is certain - it's time to store the beach toys for next summer and dust off the backpacks and notebooks for the upcoming school year. Whether back-to-school season means returning to the routine of nightly homework or packing lunches in the... More >>


5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school
(BPT) - Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet.Big soundStudies show that listening to music whi... More >>


Help support education and inspire positive classroom experiences nationwide during the back-to-school season [Video]
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Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn't have to be.Marley Dias, ... More >>


Credit union or bank: What's right for you?
(BPT) - The banking and credit union worlds are as much the same as they are different. Both are eager to earn your business and to provide you with loans, mortgages, savings and checking accounts. With that said, there are some significant differences between the two financial institutions. In tod... More >>


Getting ready for back to school: How setting goals can help Generation Z students excel in the new school year
(BPT) - Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, is the first generation to grow up with a widespread use of digital tools. While technology is now part of everyday life, it's important to remember that writing things down can be the first step to getting them done, especially when it comes to ide... More >>


5 ways to help kids start the school year strong
(BPT) - The beginning of the school year isn't just about getting backpacks and school supplies ready. It's also a time when parents check to make sure their children are ready for success in their next classroom.According to a national survey of K-8 parents conducted by the parent organization Lea... More >>


5 secrets of success: Traits to help you live without fear and reach your full potential
(BPT) - Do you ever wonder what's holding you back? A lot of people have all the skills and opportunities they need to reach their personal and professional goals, yet they fail to truly succeed.In reality, the path to success isn't so clear, and when you add fear and doubt into the mix, it's easy... More >>


5 hassle-free tips for protecting your child's valuables at school
(BPT) - From phones and tablets, to computers and headphones, technology has quickly become an integral component within the daily lives of students of all ages.A departure from the contents of students' backpacks as little as 10 years ago, these pieces of technology have, on the one hand, made stu... More >>


Preparing for classroom success starts with being tech-ready
(BPT) - The back-to-school season is equal parts excitement and stress. Busy parents often find themselves overwhelmed running around town trying to get all the supplies needed so their children have a successful school year - all without breaking the bank.Considering the growing role technology pl... More >>


5 tips for taking the stress out of 'back to after school'
(BPT) - As kids and teens head back to school, working parents are also preparing for "back to after school." Despite the fact that 60 percent of parents report having flexible work hours that allow them to take care of their children once the school day ends, a survey from Boys & Girls Clubs o... More >>


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids - seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it's important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or she is up to... More >>


6 sanity-saving tips to make college moves go smoothly
(BPT) - Every year, thousands of young Americans move out of their bedrooms in Mom and Dad's house and into a college dorm or off-campus apartment. In fact, 68 percent of students at four-year colleges and 56 percent of two-year college students either live on campus or in off-campus residences, ra... More >>


Purple Heart Day: The Purple Heart Battalion
(BPT) - August 7 marks the third anniversary of Purple Heart Day and commemorates the creation of the Purple Heart medal in 1782. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the United States military who are wounded or killed in combat. The predecessor to the Purple Heart medal was the Badge o... More >>


'Removable' labels present sticky situation for 8 of 10 shoppers
(BPT) - You know the feeling. You buy an item you're excited to use or give as a gift. But that excitement quickly turns to frustration when you can't remove the label. Even if you do manage to pry it off, a sticky glue-like substance remains, marring the item's appearance.You are not alone. Eighty... More >>


How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy
(BPT) - The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you'll... More >>


3 reasons to study abroad during high school
(BPT) - Think about how your teenager will spend their next summer vacation.What if their months off from school could include something much bigger than the usual lineup of part-time jobs, sports practices and hanging out with friends?Picture this: Your teenager wakes up in a different bedroom in ... More >>


Seedless watermelons: The taste of summer
(BPT) - For many people, seedless watermelons are a symbol of summer. Crisp and refreshing, this beloved red and green striped fruit represents a true slice of Americana.So it may be a surprise to learn this summertime classic hasn't been around very long. Until the 1960s, seedless watermelons were... More >>


Looking for an alternative to college? Pursue a well-paying trade career instead
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ALA Girls Nation: Lessons in Leadership That Last a Lifetime [Infographic]
(BPT) - Since 1947, more than 6,000 aspiring young women have gathered on Capitol Hill to attend American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation. On July 22, 2017, 100 high school juniors from all 50 states will continue this tradition and meet for the week-long government training experience. ... More >>


Finding success in direct sales
(BPT) - What's better than being your own boss, setting your own hours, determining your own salary and having an office wherever you happen to be? It's a Utopian idea that is reality for tens of thousands of people working independently in direct sales worldwide. But getting there isn't easy. It t... More >>


Higher education, higher expense: Budgeting tips for college students and their parents
(BPT) - (BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.High school graduation should be a time of celebration. But for a lot of families, it can also be a source of stress. College is a big step into the future for any student - and it comes with a hefty price tag.According to... More >>


6 creative ways to cut college costs
(BPT) - High school graduation is behind you, the graduation party is over and summer is here. It's the last hurrah before your child goes off to the real world. With college on the horizon, there are some important financial decisions to make.Are you ready?If your own college days bring back memor... More >>


Skip the stress with smart steps for back-to-school success
(BPT) - Just as you're settling into summer with your family, you get the welcome letter and supply list from your children's teachers for next year. You're quickly reminded that in mere weeks, they'll be headed back to the classroom. There's so much to do, you start to panic.Stress sets in as you ... More >>


Productivity tips from busy experts [Video]
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5 ways businesses are turning old problems into new opportunities
(BPT) - Today's business environment is characterized by excitement as much as it is by anxiety. As new technologies are constantly introduced into the workplace and transform how employees work, managers need to adjust in order to retain employees, streamline processes and stay competitive.'Compan... More >>


Jobs you can do with a law degree that may surprise you
(BPT) - A law degree isn't only for lawyers. In fact, earning a law degree, even if you are currently employed in an entirely different field, can prove beneficial for career advancement and may even open the door for new opportunities.These days, employers are looking for advanced degrees more tha... More >>


5 essential soft skills for a job interview
(BPT) - Picture this: After months of networking and polishing your resume, you managed to make the necessary connections, get in front of the right people and land an interview.You deserve to be here. After all, you have an impressive background, great experience, fantastic references and are conf... More >>


6 smart, fun STEM-themed camps to keep kids learning this summer
(BPT) - Summer camp season is on the horizon. Are you and your children in agreement on what you want from their summer camp this year? Chances are, you're hoping for a camp that will keep your kids occupied, active and learning throughout the summer. And your kids ... your kids probably just want ... More >>


Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas
(BPT) - Are millennials getting ready to leave big cities in droves? Some experts in demographics, economics and real estate have predicted the millennial exodus from huge urban areas has already begun. If true, the question remains: where will they go?Some may head to the suburbs, like their paren... More >>


From students to leaders: How today's youth are preparing for the future
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7 tips for balancing retirement savings and paying for college
(BPT) - Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids' educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.To he... More >>


Bridging the summer learning gap: Travel and education
(BPT) - 'The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.' - Saint AugustineThe benefits of travel have been written about for centuries, connecting the experience with cultivating awareness and expanding perspectives. The story of travel connotes a journey of self-discovery. Th... More >>


What to expect when paying college expenses for multiple kids [Infographic]
(BPT) - Helping multiple children pay for college? Managing higher education expenses can be a challenge, especially when everything from tuition to housing is multiplied by two, three or more. If you're looking for a primer on paying for college for several kids, here's an illustrated guide brough... More >>


National Poppy Day honors veterans' sacrifice for freedom
(BPT) - Even in the darkest of times, flowers still find their way to the surface to bloom. Poppy seeds can lay fallow for years, yet bloom brilliantly when the soil is disturbed or when the soil is freshly dug. After the battles were fought in World War I, the blood red poppy flourished in France ... More >>


4 simple ways to stay productive and conquer your to-do list
(BPT) - Did you know that in an average week, 75 percent of Americans skip doing something for themselves because they didn't adequately plan or allow enough time for it? Does looking at your to-do list feel so daunting that it discourages you from making any progress at all?You're not alone. A new... More >>


Healthier kids, healthier communities: 4 ways to get involved
(BPT) - It's no secret that experiences in early and middle childhood are extremely important for a child's healthy development and lifelong learning. Yet schools - the places where kids spend the majority of their time outside of the home during the week - often lack the resources and support need... More >>


Rogue retirement account? Expert advice to reduce rollover stress
(BPT) - It's happened to almost everyone: you leave a job and have a retirement account that you are no longer actively contributing to. It sits there for months - maybe years - because you're not sure exactly where to move it or what the process is like to roll it over. You know that money could p... More >>


Athletic hero's spirit and life's work celebrated at awards gala [Infographic]
(BPT) - On April 27, 2017, the International Athletic Association and Moët Hennessy hosted the 2017 Jesse Owens Awards Gala in New York City. Serena Williams and the late Muhammad Ali were honored with the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy and Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace, res... More >>


Kindergarten is the new 1st grade: Is your preschooler ready?
(BPT) - When you think back to your own kindergarten experience, it probably involved a half-day program and plenty of fun activities - finger painting, sand play and nap time. Likely the hardest parts were learning the alphabet and counting to 100.Fast forward to today. While kindergarten still of... More >>


5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace
(BPT) - Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer's best interest to make workpla... More >>


Thinking about a career in health care? Consider this
(BPT) - Medical professionals are in greater demand than ever before, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), by the year 2025, the United States could need as many as 90,000 more physicians than it actually has, and the demand... More >>


5 ways summer education benefits children
(BPT) - For months, your kids have been waiting for the moment when the final bell rings and they're able to enjoy the freedom of summer.For parents, it's a different story. Summer vacation can mean a scramble to put together a schedule of activities, day camps and more. If you're currently in the ... More >>



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