How much Does a Teenager Cost per Month ?

Tara Cunningham Teen Issues, Uncategorized

Teenagers can be expensive. They all want the latest gadget or newest fashion trend. But the cost of this can spiral so we need to budget how much is enough each month. From birth to 18, the average cost of a child is $241,323. The monthly cost is $1200. This varies on location and parental income. These expenses include 1. …

Disadvantages of Private School

What are the Disadvantages of Private School

Tara Cunningham Uncategorized

Early last year my son decided he would like to move school. He had attended a private school for four years. It was a surprise to me as he announce he would like to attend a public school from the next fall. Private school was something I never questioned when choosing a school. I went to one and so my …

College Accommodation

Where do College Students Live?

Tara Cunningham College Life

If your child is moving to college you will need to think about where they are going to live. You want them to be happy but also safe. Choosing the correct place is key. College students can choose from a selection of different accommodation choices 1. On Campus – Dorms 2. On Campus – Apartments 3. On Campus – Sorority …

How late should I let my teenager stay out?

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues, Teens Friends

The time comes for every teen when they want to be out with friends. This is the natural course of events, pushing the boundaries. But they still need to be safe. Here’s how we have monitored it. Times for teenage curfew should be age appropriate. Younger teens should be home by 8pm and older teens (17) by 11pm. Of course …

College Dorm

Do you get to see your dorm before you move in?

Tara Cunningham College Life

You’re moving to college and have decided that you are going to live in dorms. Dorm rules are different from college to college so check out what applies to your chosen college. Most schools do not offer tours of halls or dorms prior to move in. You can see a virtual tour online on the school website. While visiting a …

Losing Friends after High School

Losing Friends after High School

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Leaving high school is one of the first milestones as you transition into adulthood. Change is inevitable after high school. Friends go their different ways and lose touch. It’s part of growing up. For some the thoughts of leaving high school and moving on is just too much to handle. We need to think of this time as the start …

Can't Afford College

Accepted to College but Can’t Afford It

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

You’ve gone through the whole college application and have been offered a place. Well Done! You now realise that the funding is not there. Here’s some advice. If your financial aid package is not what you expected it would be there are other routes to continuing your education. 1. Student Loan 2. Scholarships 3. In State college options 4. Join …

Teen Playing With Dog

Can a 13 year old take care of a dog?

Tara Cunningham Teen Issues

Deciding to get any pet is a big decision. Buying one specifically for a tween / teenager will take some further thought. Here’s some tips to help you decide. A 13 year old is an appropriate age to get a dog. The care of the animal needs to be clearly explained for success. 1. Create a plan 2. Careful selection …

Should I go to college out of state?

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Going to college is a life changing decision. Where you choose to attend is also very important. Let’s look at what might be involved in that decsion. You should go to college out of state if you have the resources to do so. You won’t be limited by course choice but financially it is more expensive. There are just over …

Getting into College After Gap Year

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Deciding to take a gap year after high school is a time when a teen can mature, figure out who they are. But is it for everyone and what difficulties might arise? Getting into college after gap year is harder than going straight from high school. The best solution is to apply as normal and defer your place. The process …