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You Don't Need to Save the Whole Enchilada

Saving for College – You Don’t Need to Save the Whole Enchilada

By Optimum Ed Everyone agrees. Parents need to save for their child’s college education and to start that process early. However, no one college saving strategy will work well for every family because the right approach is dependent on several variables: Tax bracket Student age Anticipated financial aid (both need and merit) How much control […]

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Tales of a PTA President

Tales of a PTA President

Oh Man, those PTA ladies are the WORST. We’ve all heard it as newbie parents entering the school system. We’ve all seen the bake sales, the volunteer sign-ups, the fliers, the fundraisers. It has become a movie stereotype: this Pinterest-loving, over-achieving, unreal-expectations mom with too much time on her hands. The mom with the pearls and […]

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3 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

3 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

    As public schools finish the first marking period, most of us face the same upcoming event on the calendar: Parent-Teacher Conference Day. I have a confession… This teacher hates Conference Day. Don’t get me wrong, I like meeting with parents. We schedule conferences all year and welcome collaborating with parents and providing consistency […]

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Kindergarten Tears...and Smiles

Kindergarten Tears…and Smiles

Kindergarten is a word that stirs many emotions in a parent’s heart. Even if your child has previously been in full-time daycare or preschool, it’s a big milestone. Things become more formal, more systematic, more grown-up somehow, and of course, cheaper (if your child is attending public school). Raising a child is a very personal […]

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My Kid is Not Stupid

My Kid is Not Stupid

  Fair warning that this blog post might be half rant and half helpful. I’d also LOVE your comments and opinions on the matter as we all know there is no go-to manual for these situations, especially with child #1. In August, we made the decision to leave a Montessori school that our daughter had […]

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