Parents: How to Build Empathy and Prevent Bullying

By StatePoint Sixty-two percent of 9 to 11-year-olds say they have been bullied at least “once or twice,” according to a recent national survey. The survey, commissioned by the Cartoon Network and designed by VJR Consulting in consultation with the Making Caring Common project (MCC) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, found that the […]

How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams

(StatePoint) Average college costs have doubled in the last two decades, and this financial pressure along with new technologies makes today’s students particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. “Scammers know to take advantage of those who are stressed,” says Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit scholarship […]

5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life

By StatePoint Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady […]

Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options

By StatePoint While mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they have been slowly rising over the last year, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers. Home buyers concerned about higher rates have other options to consider: an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), which provides an initial lower monthly payment, or a 15-year fixed rate […]

3 Tips to Raise a Drug-Free Child

By StatePoint By the time teens graduate from high school, about 45 percent will have tried marijuana, according the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And while marijuana is one of the most used substances among teenagers, it is not the only one of concern today. The drug epidemic is an expansive and very real public […]

3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting That Job Offer

By StatePoint Many people view their job search as an opportunity to prove their worth to potential employers. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that finding the perfect match goes both ways, and the right job needs to work for you, too – especially in today’s economy where employers need to work hard […]

How to Recognize and Avoid College Scholarship Scams

By StatePoint Average college costs have doubled in the last two decades, and this financial pressure along with new technologies makes today’s students particularly vulnerable to financial aid and scholarship scams. “Scammers know to take advantage of those who are stressed,” says Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit […]

How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Business

By StatePoint Whether you’re looking to pick up a side hustle or make the leap into starting your own business, there are many ways to be your own boss. No one knows how to trailblaze better than the motivated individuals who run their own businesses, according to Avon, the iconic beauty company with an over […]

5 Life Insurance Myths Busted

By StatePoint Life insurance. It’s something that most people need but a topic that no one wants to discuss, leading to many misconceptions.   To help you make sense of it all, here are five common myths debunked — just in time for National Life Insurance Awareness Month in September:   I’m single; I don’t […]

How to Create and Spread Hope in Your Daily Life

By StatePoint With seemingly constant negative news reports telling of school shootings, suicides and more, you may feel like there is little to feel hopeful about these days, but experts say that having hope can be a powerful tool in good times and bad.   “Whether you’ve lost a job or a loved one, or […]

Traveling With Pets? What to Know

By StatePoint Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike. Prep your pet: Traveling can prove stressful to animals, so don’t catch your pet off-guard. Before leaving town, practice taking short rides in […]

Top Tips and Decluttering Insights for Your Next Move

By StatePoint Moving can be emotional and the ways you manage it – including the downsizing of your possessions – may be influenced by your age, suggests a new study. “From heirlooms to kitchen gadgets, moving is one of the few times in life when you’re forced to consider all your possessions and decide what […]

Connecting With Your Spouse

By Melody Kraemer-Stillwell   I looked at my husband sitting on the couch and wondered to myself, who is that man? He almost felt like a stranger living in our house. Then it dawned on me,  when was the last time we had a meal together that didn’t involve picky eaters, feeding a child, cutting up meals, […]

The Ultimate Summer Dining Out Guide: 10 Tips for a Healthier You

By StatePoint With summer, comes BBQs, beach days and dining out with family and friends, if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate summer dining […]

Giving Back on Your Summer Vacation

By StatePoint Hitting the road this summer and want to do something good for the world along the way? Consider using your summer road trip as an opportunity to give back to the communities you visit. For some inspiration, check out these great ways Americans are rethinking vacations to include a touch of philanthropy. Driving […]

What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill

By StatePoint Summer is officially here and with seven in 10 U.S. adults owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, for many, that means it’s time to cook up mouth-watering dishes and invite friends and family over for a barbeque.   But be careful. Grill fires are all too […]

Tips to Stay Safe in Summer Weather

By StatePoint Getting outdoors this summer? Keep in mind that weather patterns can be extreme at this time of year, introducing new safety hazards. Get weather-ready in the following ways. Prepare for the Heat When planning a day outdoors, most people pack items such as sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. However, summer heat can be […]

Don’t Let Your Personal Data End up on the Dark Web

By StatePoint Consumers today give out personal information all the time — from shopping online to signing up for special promotional offers to filling out job applications. However, there are millions of identity theft victims each year, and when your information is stolen by a cyber-criminal, it will likely be sold on the dark web. […]

Easy Ways to Boost Your Family’s Veggie Intake

By StatePoint Nutritious, delicious and low-calorie, vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store’s freezer aisle.   Go frozen: […]

Plastics in Water, From Your Cup to the Oceans: What to Know

By StatePoint   You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of plastics in water — both in the water you drink, as well as in rivers, lakes and oceans.   Know the Problem   According to recent investigations by Orb Media, 90 percent of bottled water and 83 percent of tap water is […]