This podcast is for YOU. We'll cover everything from high stakes exams, and high school success to the early years of college and everything in between to help you help your teen graduate debt free.
2 College Applications: Personal Essay Content
An interview with Ethan Sawyer, The College Essay Guy, on how to find our teen's personal essay topic.
3 The PSAT-Don't Leave Money on the Table
4 Home School vs School at Home. Choose Wisely!
5 College Admissions & Activities in the age of COVID
6 Stop putting it on your transcript! A message to Homeschool parents
7 What makes a good personal essay, with Ethan Sawyer
8 Parent Role Model Lifestyle Mastery an Interview with Dr .Ali Lankerani
9 FAFSA 3 Big Mistakes and Why Everyone Should File
10 Test Optional: Should My Teen Bother with the ACT or SAT?
11 Screen Time Battles and Internet Safety with Lisa Honold & Brandi Taylor
In this episode Director for the Center for Online Safety, Lisa Honold, and Personal Security Expert, Brandi Taylor, join me in a panel discussion on how to keep our children and teens safe in the online world. You'll be surprised to learn what parents can do to not only protect our children but also help them learn how to take responsibility for their own safety.
12 Parent and Teen Boundaries What It Means for Your Relationship. Interview with Christine Grauer
Your relationship with your teen is evolving during these last few years of them being at home. It's typical to have strife in the teen parent relationship. Some of that is needed so that your child starts a life of their own and doesn't live with you forever. But how do we ensure the relationship is a positive one for both of us? My interview with Christine Grauer will open your eyes to challenges and strategies that will blow you away!
13 The College Degree Dilemma-An Interview with Dr Moses McCutcheon
50% of high school seniors have no clue what they want to do after high school. 47% think they do. But 85% of college students change their major at least once! This causes a loss of credit hours and usually an extension of their time in college, costing more in tuition and fees. And since 80% of working adults are unhappy in their jobs, it's probably safe to say they never figured out what their best career in life really is. Join me as I interview Dr. Moses McCutcheon as he tells us about a system that hones in on that best life career for your child. Believe it or not, the earlier you start the better! Why? Because then you can help your teen craft their high school years with more focus and passion. This is what colleges and scholarship boards are looking for! Register for his workshop here: https://www.getaheadoftheclass.com/college-degree-dilemma-workshop-registration
14 Scholarship Q&A
15 You Won't See the Signs-Teen Suicide
"It's like playing Russian Roulette with your child's life." Jackie Simmons is intimately acquainted with the topic of teen suicide. She is co-chairman of the Teen Suicide Prevention Society and a mom who knows the feeling of asking, 'What did I do wrong? How could I have missed this?'
We occasionally see in the news about the child that brings a weapon to school or injures others. But no one is talking about the child that harms himself. This is where the epidemic lies. The numbers are staggering. This is where you can prevent your child from becoming a teen suicide statistic. Your child IS at risk. But there's an easy way to prevent it.
Listen as Jackie explains why we've missed the mark when it comes to teen suicide prevention and the 4 easy steps you can take to prevent it in your own home.
16 Divorced Dads Co Parenting Courts and Dating with Kids
Divorce for dads comes with unique challenges. Whether in the thick of it, recently divorced, or years passed, Jude Sandvall, The Divorced Dadvocate assists dads in creating a clear vision and path for life after divorce.
Jude holds regular workshops for dads as well as coaching and advice on his podcast and youtube channel.
Jude is a divorced, single father of 3 children. His divorce and the subsequent years are a case study in facing and overcoming the most difficult challenges in learning to thrive after divorce including the court process, parenting skills, co-parenting, dating with kids, and more!
As an Integrative Wellness & Life Transformation Coach and Integrative NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, he uses cutting-edge approaches to coaching dads. Jude assists dads in creating a crystal clear vision for their life after divorce, uncover hidden challenges, and leaves dads renewed, re-energized, and inspired.
Where to find Jude: Website: http://www.thedivorceddadvocate.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCbyvUNEv039idaisdgSf8A Podcast: http://www.thedivorceddadvocate.com/webpodcast.html
17 Post Covid College Success Formula for First Year College Students
Stress. Anxiety. Overwhelm. More than ever before, our college kids faced new challenges that previous college students couldn't imagine. Now that we are emerging from the Covid lockdowns how can we help our kids be successful in their high school and college education pursuit? This is my second interview with Dale Troy, College Success Coach. Get Dale's Free Download!-- Six Secrets For A Successful First Year:
18 Gain College Admissions Based on Your Values
There’s more to gaining college admissions today than GPA and test scores and it begins long before your child begins filling out college applications. Most parents, teens, and high school counselors are believing outdated notions of what colleges are looking for. In today’s interview with Steve Gardner, Harvard grad and high-performance athlete trainer, we’ll colleges are REALLY looking for and how your teen can begin now.
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Your Debt Free Degree Show host, Denise Thomas, is an International best-selling author, TEDxTenayoPaseo speaker, and coach to parents of college-bound teens. Denise Thomas inspires, educates, and equips parents to take an active role in supporting their children to live a life of financial freedom. Her mission is to ‘flip’ the student debt statistic in the U.S. Denise is a 20-year homeschool veteran having homeschooled her two children from Pre-k through high school. Using her proprietary repeatable strategy both attended their first-choice college on 17 scholarships exceeding $199,000, walking out of college with cash in hand. Denise says you can keep your money. Send your kids to college on other people's cash! “College doesn't have to be a DEBT sentence.”
Talia Dashow has been using creativity to heal, learn, grow, and connect all of her life - it's how she's wired. Listen, to find out how creativity and play can dispel the inner gremlins, the negative self-talk we all have.
20 Prevent That 5th and 6th Year of College by Doing This
More than 80% of college students change their college major at least once. More than 60% change 3 times! You can prevent that wasted time and tens of thousands of dollars by listening to this episode of Debt Free Degree. Greg and Beth Langston have a unique background and approach to helping your teen determine what they should be doing with their life.
My guests today are Beth and Greg Langston. For the last 20 years, Beth and Greg have empowered students to master their self-discovery, allowing them to successfully activate their life’s purpose.
Beth graduated from Purdue University in Education, and Greg also graduated from Purdue's Krannert School of Business. Greg pursued an international business career which allowed him to mentor hundreds of young professionals while leading businesses over $1 billion and working in 65 countries. By the time their kids were 13, they had been to 12 schools and lived in 5 countries.
Find their gift for parents here: The Parents' Starter Kit to Teen Self Discoveryhttps://collegeflightplan.com/guide/
Don't have a mentor to guide you through the high school to college process and doing it debt-free? Let's get on a call.
If you haven't begun helping your teen apply for scholarships, NOW is the time! Scholarships begin in kindergarten! But before you hit that "SEND' button, use this checklist to be sure your teen's application doesn't end up in the trash. https://www.getaheadoftheclass.com/scholarshipsecrets
21 Family Finances for College Costs with Candice Bakx-Friesen
Today's guest is Candice Bakx-Friesen.
Candice is passionate about helping people reach their financial dreams. She is a mother of 4, a top-performing realtor, entrepreneur, money coach, and speaker. Candice’s approach to family finances gets past the fluff and directly to the root of each challenge. This has led to her becoming a highly sought-after coach within the finance and real estate industries. She coaches/trains/mentors on money topics, from basic budgeting to real estate investing. Candice is a sought-after speaker, enjoys teaching and helping you reach your financial dreams.
A Fairytale Fortune for College is my story of how the Cracking the Code to Free College strategy came about. I didn't set out to build something I could share with the world. No. That came much later. I only wanted to save my own children from the burden of college debt. When friends, and friends-of-friends, learned that my two homeschooled kids attended college on 17 scholarships and essentially got paid to go to college, they began emailing and texting me, asking how I did it. I realized that this strategy is too valuable to keep to myself. "College doesn't have to be a debt sentence," became my slogan, and Cracking the Code to Free College became the method by which other families could gain the Fairytale Fortune for College. Share this with other families who need this information. The earlier you start, the more opportunities there are. I'm Denise Thomas, TEDx speaker, and creator of Cracking the Code to Free College.
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23 Meaningful Communication: Parenting with Purpose
Meaningful communication and parenting with intention. Melanie Studer is the founder of Parenting High Schoolers, where she shares ideas for parents of teens, mom self-care, resources, insights, and inspiration for you as you travel this road called life. She's a wife, mom of 3 great kids in their teens and early 20s, educator, speaker, and parenting mentor. Join us as we talk about raising teens.
24 Critical Thinking is Necessary for Adult Life-An Interview with Ian Foster, J.D.
Ian Foster is a long-time government attorney whose extensive education and training in critical thinking have served him in both life and business. Unfortunately, colleges and high schools are no longer teaching this essential component of adult living and decision-making. Check out my interview with Ian Foster, J.D. about his FREE training for teens and adults next week!
25 Study Smarter not Harder-An Interview with Dr. William H. Hoeneke
I’m excited to have Dr. William H. Koenecke with us today. He is going to talk to us about his top ten suggestions on how to Study Smarter, Not Harder. With over 45 years of experience in education as a teacher, school principal, superintendent of schools, and teaching at three universities, he has written and published two books that he’s going to talk with us about today. His first book is a simple guide on English grammar & punctuation. His second book is studying smarter, not harder. He holds five university degrees from three different universities including his Ph.D. and two M.S. degrees. He was a high school principal at the age of twenty-three and a school superintendent at the age of thirty-four. He has published numerous journal articles on educational topics and retired in 2012 as a tenured professor at Murray State University in the College of Education.
Use Notecards Create your own practice tests Cornell Note Taking System To-Do List-Order of priority Keep a Notebook with key points
Gift for you! Email Dr. Koenecke for this resource: How to read a textbook chapter more efficiently.
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26 IT IS POSSIBLE-2 Debt Free Degrees!
Jason Brown is the author of Margin Matters: How to Live on a Simple Budget & Crush Debt Forever. The book chronicles the journey of his and his wife’s efforts to pay off $75,000 of debt in three years. Additionally, the book shares Jason’s thoughts on how to create more margin in your life no matter how much money you make. In 2021, he released IT IS POSSIBLE!: How I Earned Two Debt-Free Degrees...and How You Can, Too. The book serves as the answer to the student loan debt crisis and provides strategies, tips, and hope to individuals who desire a higher education without debt.
The Margin Matters Minute (YouTube) - https://www.youtube.com/c/JasonBrownYourMarginMatters/featured
Looking for a mentor to guide you and your teen toward a debt-free college education? Let's get on a call to see if Cracking the Code to Free College is right for you.: https://www.getaheadoftheclass.com/apply
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27 Declutter & Organize YOur Life with Julie Coraccio
For years, Julie Coraccio worked as a professional organizer and taught people how to clear clutter, whether it was for hire, barter, or rescuing family and friends from their clutter nightmares. What started the professional organization and clutter-free living ball rolling? Many years ago as a nanny in Massachusetts, she juggled two children and their busy schedules, as well as running a household. From her experiences as a nanny, her need to organize grew. Soon, not only was her home organized but family and friends were asking for my help. It’s been her experience that being organized and clutter-free brings peace and reduces stress. To get the best results from Cracking the Code to Free College you need to be organized. You can start now with Julie's "10 actions you can take right now to declutter your life". Grab it here: https://bit.ly/GAOTCPod You can find more about Julie and her services on her website.: https://reawakenyourbrilliance.com/ ======================= About your host, Denise Thomas: Denise coaches parents of college-bound middle school, high school, and college kids on the little-known strategies she used that got her 2 homeschooled teens 17 scholarships totaling $199,000 for 4 years of college debt free with cash left over. They got paid to go to college. TEDx speaker, international best-selling author, and coach to parents of college-bound teens, Denise Thomas inspires, educates, and equips parents to take an active role in supporting their children to live a life of financial freedom. Using her Cracking the Code to Free College strategy, her mission is to ‘flip’ the student debt statistic in the U.S. Denise says you can keep your money. Send your kids to college on other people's cash! Connect with Denise and become a Cracking the Code to Free College client.: Website: https://GetAheadOfTheClass.com Articles: https://www.getaheadoftheclass.com/blog TEDx Talk- College Myths that Cost You Money YoutubeLink Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParentsTalkCollegeAndScholarships Facebook @denisethomasdebtfreecollege https://www.facebook.com/denisethomasdebtfreecollege Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/debt-free-degree/id1527024935 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisethomasdebtfreecollege/
28 Healing Parent-Child Relationships with Riana Milne
Your relationship with your child and your partner other has a significant impact on the success of your child and in this interview, Riana gives us some things to look for to identify if our child is having problems and some parenting strategies to help.
Coach Riana Milnewas Selected as “One of the Top Coaches to Follow in 2022” by Wealth Insider Magazine and is also featured in FORBES Magazine. She’s a Certified, Global Life, Love Trauma Recovery & Mindset Coach, Advanced Certified Clinical Trauma & Addictions Professional (CCTP-II), a #1 Bestselling Author, the Host of her Podcast called Lessons in Life & Love™, she’s an Educational Speaker, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for over 23 years living in Palm Beach County, Florida.
There’s more to Cracking the Code to Free College than just getting good grades and test scores. In order for your teen to succeed in high school, college, and in life,
You can start now with Riana’s Free eBook - How to Have the Love You Deserve
Grab it here: https://bit.ly/EbookonLove
You can find more about Riana and her services on her website.:
Riana has a fabulous training this week that you don't want to miss!
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About your host, Denise Thomas:
Denise coaches parents of college-bound middle school, high school, and college kids on the little-known strategies she used that got her 2 homeschooled teens 17 scholarships totaling $199,000 for 4 years of college debt free with cash left over. They got paid to go to college.
TEDx speaker, international best-selling author, and coach to parents of college-bound teens, Denise Thomas inspires, educates, and equips parents to take an active role in supporting their children to live a life of financial freedom. Using her Cracking the Code to Free College strategy, her mission is to ‘flip’ the student debt statistic in the U.S.
Denise says you can keep your money. Send your kids to college on other people's cash!
Connect with Denise and become a Cracking the Code to Free College client.:
TEDx Talk- College Myths that Cost You Money YoutubeLink
Riana just won the 2022 GIVA International Award for Top Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Top Global Wellness Coach; and was selected in 2021 as “One of The 100 Most Successful Women Around the World” by The Global Trade Chamber. She was also a Life & Dating Coach for the 12-show Docu-Series; Radical Dating – Finding Lasting Love Over 40 (and her client is now happily married!). Riana specializes in those who have had past Childhood or Relationship Trauma and offers Group & VIP Coaching programs for Singles & Couples globally.
Riana’s 5-star rated books; the #1 Bestseller, LOVE Beyond Your Dreams – Break Free of Toxic Relationships to Have the Love You Deserve - and - LIVE Beyond Your Dreams – from Fear and Doubt to Personal Power, Purpose, and Success addresses Life Difficult Transitions, Personal Transformation, The Mindset for Success, and having Loving, Conscious Relationships with yourself and others.
29 Domestic Trafficking: How to Prevent Your Teen or College Student From Becoming A Victim with Lynda Harlos
Lynda Harlos is a ‘Sex Trafficking and abuse Prevention Educator’ for Parents and Professionals who are in contact with children between the ages of 2-25. She is also a Keynote speaker, Author, and Family Coach and has hosted a Parenting Talk Show. As a mother of a sex trafficking victim, she endeavors to turn their ‘Pain into Purpose’ globally in the hopes of preventing victimization. In doing so, she works with many organizations, including several Victim Services across Canada, Covenant House, and many more. She is an ambassador for ‘Courage for Freedom,’ ‘Timea’s Cause Inc,’ and ‘Global Presence.’ She has given many interviews to spread awareness with CBC, Global News, CTV North, 360 Kids, the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, the Toronto Star, and many more. You can check out her work and watch training videos on her website or YouTube channel, ParentWithPurpose.ca.