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5 things you can do to make the back-to-school transition easier
(BPT) - The first day of school is coming fast. For many families, that means saying goodbye to lazy mornings, impromptu afternoon adventures and late night movies. Soon, you and your kids will be waking up to alarm clocks, school buses and maybe a few butterflies in the tummy — for both of yo ...
Go to the top of the class with stylish PCs for back-to-school
(BPT) - From study groups to semesters abroad and internships, each new school year provides a list of endless opportunities for a student’s personal growth and development. With to-do lists jam-packed with course work, social events and extracurricular activities, the best way to succeed is t ...
Want to earn more money? Ways a degree will help you get ahead
(BPT) - College is an investment that will more than pay for itself and then some. The earnings gap between millennials with bachelor’s degrees and those with just a high school diploma is wider than it was for prior generations, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. People ...
George Washington could be a big fat liar
(BPT) - One of the great legends of the nation’s first president was created by biographer Parson Weems. In his account, George Washington chops down a cherry tree and later admits the act to his father, claiming he “cannot tell a lie.” According to author Steve Yoch, not only is t ...
Making the jump: College living to real world working
(BPT) - As recent college graduates trade in their old futons for more grown-up couches or hand-me-downs and become acclimated to living in the real world, the realities of adulthood may begin to take hold. The jump from college to the real world can be a difficult one to make, as college grads are ...
Getting schooled: 5 ways to save on supplies
(BPT) - The long, hot summer vacation is almost over for most students. A new school year is here and for parents, the rush to load up on supplies can be expensive. In fact, the average family with school-aged children will spend $630 on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Fede ...
Dorm dwelling? Tips to make the move go smoothly
(BPT) - There’s no traveling light when you’re moving into a dorm room; college calls for a lot of stuff. Smart storage options can help you find a place for everything once you’re there, but transporting your belongings from home to a far-off campus – or even one close to ho ...
Fueling education: Every penny matters when it comes to a child's education [Infographic]
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Six ways to help your little one fall (gracefully) into a new autumn routine
(BPT) - Back-to-school time isn’t just for the backpack-and-pencil-box crowd. With the season’s new routines, it can also be a challenge for babies, toddlers and even parents.Whether your child is graduating from the infant room to the toddler room, starting a new tumbling class or stepp ...
5 college packing tips to take the fear out of back-to-school
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, packing for college always seems like a last minute endeavor. Most often, packing up for a move to a dorm is haphazard. You toss your belongings in boxes thinking it will survive the jaunt to your dorm. But what happens w ...
7 life hacks for the college freshman
(BPT) - The transition to college is the first step into a new world and a new you. This is the time for empowerment and individualism, from moving out of your parents’ home to making those lifelong friends the first night in your dorm — college is a world of fast-paced changes. It& ...
Teachers: the resource students need most remains in short supply
(BPT) - The role of teachers in today’s society cannot be understated. Outside of a child’s parents, teachers are often the primary adult influencers in a young person’s life. Yet this essential role is getting harder and harder to fill as school districts across the nation face si ...
Diversity and a strong tech industry
(BPT) - Last year, a number of tech firms released reports on the demographic makeup of their employees and highlighted how diversity is severely lacking in the industry. Google indicated that 61 percent of its employees were white, 30 percent Asian, 4 percent identified as two or more races, 3 perc ...
Helmet safety: 7 tips for parents and coaches this football season
(BPT) - As coaches and athletes gear up for games underneath the Friday night lights, training camps are in full swing, complete with tackling techniques, agility drills and conditioning. Now is the time to get your head in the game when it comes to your athlete’s helmet.The National Operating ...
Back to school: A child's success starts with a good night's sleep
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe another school year is already here. After a fun summer of outdoor activities, vacations and plenty of late nights, it’s time to get your family back into a routine — specifically a regular bedtime routine. While sleep is important for adults, it’ ...
What's the Makers Movement about? Reinventing the world one child at a time
(BPT) - Can kids playing with Legos make the world a better place? Will children who build their own rocket ships or dollhouses go on to be the adult innovators of tomorrow, who take on the world’s challenges with technology and creativity? If 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is an example of youn ...
5 ways to support your student and your school this year
(BPT) - It’s back to school season again. Time for schoolwork and sports, plays and parties, friends and field trips. For students, parents and teachers, this is an exciting time of year. Yet for teachers, the start of a new year can also be unnecessarily expensive. Research shows that each ye ...
5 of the hottest trends for back to school this year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again – time to trade summer break for lunch break, road trips for recess and home in bed for homework instead. Yes, back to school is in full swing and if your kids are going to start another year, they need the latest gear. Here are the five hottest trend ...
Comforting touches can ease back-to-school transitions for both parents and kids
(BPT) - Every school year brings new beginnings, whether your child is going to kindergarten, entering middle school, or heading off to college. New environments, people and challenges can create anxiety for parents and kids, no matter how much a child might be looking forward to the school year. Ch ...
Simple ways to ease kids into back-to-school season
(BPT) - Excitement and dread are common feelings for both children and parents when back-to-school season arrives. No matter how much they look forward to seeing friends and buying a new school wardrobe, children can be afraid of the changes a new school year can bring. Fortunately, parents can do a ...
Smart lessons: Three ways to make your college experience more affordable
(BPT) - You’ve seen the number - $1.2 trillion in unpaid student loan debt hangs over this country. For many college graduates, loans have become another monthly expense of everyday life, like their mortgage and their car payments. If you’re considering higher-education, college may be t ...
Tips for parents to help students gain the edge in STEM education
(BPT) - As students prepare to head back to school each year, parents face the same question: How can they help their kids advance in school, develop into creative, collaborative thinkers, and make for an overall less stressful experience?What’s more, as students progress in school, the subjec ...
Back to school: Get a smart start to the school year
(BPT) - The start of the new school year is fast approaching. It’s a time when kids will rush back to the classroom, ready to see their friends, enter a new grade and jump back into sports. While the last month of summer can be eaten up by never ending to-do lists, there are plenty of ways to ...
5 amazing things you didn't know about your favorite cup of joe
(BPT) - If your morning simply doesn’t begin until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Americans everywhere love their joe, and research shows 37 percent of American workers can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. Nearly half of A ...
Tips to help your teen transition to college
(BPT) - Heading back to school can be stressful for a number of reasons, from new routines and lengthy shopping lists to preparing your students for the year ahead. It becomes even more stressful when you’re faced with the tough task of outfitting a college-bound teen for dorm life. But there& ...
Aviators to divers, more adventurous job opportunities opening up to women
(BPT) - Women now represent nearly half of the American workforce, and more than half of all American women work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only are more women working, more are earning college educations, and more are entering fields once considered male-dominated. Young wome ...
Paper and learning remain bound together
(BPT) - As technology continues its expansion into every aspect of our lives, a new survey from the Paper and Packaging Board has found the best-performing students are still actively choosing to learn on paper.According to 3,200 students, parents and educators surveyed for the just-released 2015 An ...
4 top technology degrees for today's career seekers
(BPT) - The career outlook for technology professionals remains highly promising. With so many emerging employment opportunities, The White House announced the TechHire initiative in March to encourage American cities to offer training to prepare the workforce for careers in growing tech fields.The ...
Cultural diversity of healthcare workforce key to improving nation's health
(BPT) - By 2060, the American population will be older and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any other time in our history, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of people older than 65 will double, and the need will grow for healthcare and registered nurses to p ...
Tech jobs are booming! How to help your daughter ride the tech wave
(BPT) - Virtual reality headsets, super sophisticated smartphones and 4K TVs with images as sharp as the view through a clean window — technology just keeps getting more amazing. Don’t forget, however, that behind all that awesome technology are the people who are innovating and producin ...
George Washington's bloody death
(BPT) - School children are taught that after a life of action and harrowing battles, George Washington died peacefully in his bed at Mount Vernon. In fact, the nation’s first president died a slow and bloody death. In his book “Becoming George Washington,” author Steve Yoch says t ...
Did George Washington sound like a wimp?
(BPT) - We all know what George Washington looked like. There are many well-known paintings and the museum at Mount Vernon even displays a painstakingly accurate facial reconstruction to definitively show his appearance during his lifetime. We know he was a big, strapping guy (6’ 3”, whi ...
7 must-have survival tools for dorm-dwellers
(BPT) - College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away). Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 per ...
The back-to-school item you may have missed: managing screen time
(BPT) - Kids are back in school, and parents have gone through their checklists to ensure their children are prepared to put their best foot forward this coming year. Children have the right school supplies, healthy snacks and are enrolled in afterschool activities to unleash energy after a day in t ...
Shooting blanks: George Washington fathered a country but not kids
(BPT) - George Washington is the “father of our country” yet, ironically, he didn’t leave any legitimate (or illegitimate) children in his wake.As author Steve Yoch describes in his recent book “Becoming George Washington,” at 19, Washington traveled to Barbados with hi ...
Learning on the go: See how students use mobile devices in and out of the classroom [Infographic]
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Today's college students rely on technology more than ever [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ninety-five percent of college students are taking laptops and cell phones to college this year, and more than half of students will also bring TVs, headphones and printers to campus. While some of these most popular tech devices are necessary for school work and others for entertainment, to ...
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5 tips to help your child have a great school year
(BPT) - They grow up fast, don’t they? One minute they’re in a car seat and the next you’re picking out a school backpack. The transition to preschool and kindergarten is a big leap for most families and sometimes it can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are some obvious ways ...
College survival tips to help you save money and reduce stress
(BPT) - College may well be one of the first great adventures of your life, but it can also be stressful on multiple levels. Meeting new people, learning new things and taking responsibility for your own life can all feel like a lot to juggle. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage the many stre ...
How to nail your job interview
(BPT) - They say you should dress for the job you want. The style experts at Faultless Starch Company couldn’t agree more.If you’re preparing for your next interview, consider the following tips to help nail your next job interview:1. Research the company cultureWhat does this company do ...
4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor ...
4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the ye ...
4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls aroun ...
Keeping teens on track: National high school graduation rate still shows room for improvement
(BPT) - It’s graduation season, and across the country many families will revel in their graduate’s accomplishments. Nationally, there’s reason to celebrate, too; 81 percent of American high school seniors are expected to graduate this year, the highest rate ever, according to the ...
Was George Washington an adulterer?
(BPT) - The roof of the Capitol Rotunda shows George Washington being lifted to heaven by angels. According to a new book, however, this Founding Father was no angel. He was once a passionate young man desperately in love with his friend’s wife. “Sally Fairfax was a beautiful, sophi ...
Truck maintenance is a growing career opportunity
(BPT) - One career field that requires great hands-on training, provides on-the-job instruction and is growing steadily is that of a diesel truck mechanic. It's a specialty job, and it’s a career that a person can easily advance with for many years.With the transportation industry seeing incre ...
Changing healthcare requirements prompt registered nurses to earn bachelor's degrees
(BPT) - Laura Gilmore earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 2012, more than five years after she got her first job as a nurse. Today, as the Magnet Coordinator for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois, Gilmore reflects on the decision to pursue her BSN.&ld ...
See the country while getting paid as a truck driver
(BPT) - One of the best ways to explore the country is by driving America's highways. You get to meet new people, learn fun and interesting stories, see the sights and wonder at how unique and beautiful the country is.Want to see America's quirky sights like the largest ball of twine or some of its ...
Savings is a top priority for parents during back-to-school season [Infographic]
(BPT) - Price is the top consideration for 86 percent of parents when buying school supplies, according to a new online survey of parents of children ages 8-18, commissioned by Staples and conducted by Harris Poll. But shoppers are also looking for a mix of both fun and function and would purchase p ...
What employers look for in the 21st century nurse
(BPT) - Over the last decade, a number of changes have transformed the healthcare industry. The Affordable Care Act has enabled more than 16.4 million Americans to receive healthcare coverage. Advancements in technology improve both diagnoses and treatment quality. Retail health offers a convenience ...
5 ways to increase your workplace safety immediately
(BPT) - For millions of people like yourself, the daily grind is all part of the regular routine. Today, across the nation, there are more than 122 million people who work full time just like you. And research shows that full-time employees work an average of 47 hours a week— sometimes it feel ...
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