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My Tween is Growing Up! #UFundDreams

I partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all opinions are my own #UFundDreams.

As my daughter finishes up fourth grade in a couple weeks I am full of mixed emotions. I for one, have NO idea how or when she grew up. She walks around in my heels like she’s been doing so for years! She is finding what makes her heart happy and is focused on helping others. I never thought I’d hear my daughter happily exclaim – Mom, I helped clean up my teacher’s classroom today! Who-is-this-child?! And why can’t the same enthusiasm be found when she cleans her room at home? She is shedding her baby layers and emerging into the most amazing human being.

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Like so many other parents, I want to bottle up her youth and innocence and shield her from the darkness that the world can bring. Protect her from heartache, rejection and disappointment. Letting go is not something I excel at. And as she grows taller and becomes more confident I cry a bit on the inside while also feeling so incredibly proud of the person she is growing up to be.

There are only a limited number of years until senior year and then real life, and I’m scared. She is so excited to grow up and travel and experience the world on a deeper level. I strive to support all of her aspirations, but it can be difficult without the right planning and resources. Part of setting her up for success means investing in her future and ensuring that higher education is within her reach and is not a burden to our family. Living in the heart of Massachusetts has given us exposure to the 200 colleges and universities that call Mass home and it’s instilled a sense of lifelong learning in my curious tween.

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Did you know Massachusetts has more colleges per capita than any other state? Given the variety of higher education options there is an organization committed to ensuring parents and students feel empowered to smartly save for college in a way that is aligned with what their family can contribute. Saving for college panics me, to be honest. I didn’t save properly and as a result will be paying student loans off for many many long years. Just think about it – what if there was a way to invest in your child’s higher learning through making small contributions every month? Yes, it is possible with MEFA. I encourage everyone to check out MEFA’s UFund Dreams which is an interactive experience for parents to learn more about the programs  offered by MEFA while your kids get to have fun through play while peaking their curiosity for learning. A total win-win for everyone.

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While I’ll be soon wiping away the tears as we say goodbye to fourth grade, I am looking confidently towards the future excited to support my kiddo in pursuing her dreams.

 



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U.Fund Dreams Tour: A Smart Way to Save for College!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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If you’ve been following our summer adventures you know this past weekend my kiddo and I enjoyed a beautiful summer weekend in Boston at Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, and checked out the Fidelty & MEFA U.Fund Dreams Tent. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the present, soaking in our kids every smile and move, however part of cherishing the now is helping them grow into who they’ll become tomorrow.

20150718_153001Do you know the cost of public and private colleges by the time your kids are entering college? For the longest time I avoided talking about my daughter’s attending college, not because I didn’t think higher education is important, but because I had no idea how in the world I would be able to afford it. I know there are other parents out there who feel the same, and you all should visit MEFA’s website to further understand that the most important way to prepare for the cost of college is to save. With rising tuition costs, scholarships and grants just aren’t enough.

I know, I know, intimidating! But, trust me it’s not! Even for a college scaredy-cat like me, I love attending the U. Fund Dreams Tour events around Boston because I don’t feel intimidated learning about saving for college. In fact, I end up feeling very hopeful.

 

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Yes, hopeful. Hopeful because there are resources available in a really fun environment, geared toward making the thought of college savings seem like a reality for families. Not only can your kids leave with a goodie (no not candy thank goodness!), but they can literally try to shoot for the moon while you simulate how college savings really adds up. A little planning can go a long way!

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Check out the MEFA website often to stay updated on where the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent will be next, and to learn about all the benefits of the U.Fund plan.

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Saving for College Is Possible with the MA U.Fund & ‘Grace for President’ Book #Giveaway #DreamsTour2014

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With the end of another school year upon us (we’re counting down the final TWO days of school) it’s been fun to look through the projects, pictures and poems my daughter created over the year in 2nd grade. Along with a special book of poetry and projects learning about her Jamaican and Colombian heritage was a packet asking her what she wanted to be when she grew up. I’ve asked her over the years what she wanted to be when she grows up and she hasn’t been shy about her varying desires.

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“Mommy, I want to be a Police Officer like Daddy and help people. I also want to be a Teacher. Oh and I love music, and Michael Jackson is my favorite artist, and I want to be on the Disney channel and be a singer and dancer. Mommy – why aren’t there any female Presidents? I think I could do that too.”

Do I want my baby girl to grow up? Sometimes…but not really. Am I looking forward to seeing the woman and advocate she will be when she grows up? Absolutely. Listening to her speak of her future gives me butterflies. I’ve always encouraged her to be creative and engage in diverse activities so she has a well-rounded childhood. Did I tell you she’s running a triathlon at MIT next month? I don’t want any opportunity to be out of her reach – and if I’m able I want to provide her with varying experiences to show her all that the world has to offer.

Growing up as the youngest of four children I don’t remember having conversations with my Mother about my future or career. I wasn’t encouraged to think about the future or college, I knew I had greatness within me, but didn’t know how to tap into it. I completed college applications on my own, didn’t receive any monetary support for college, and actually didn’t participate in sports my senior year of high school so I could save for college. I still remember moving into my dorm room 11 years ago with less than $20 in my bank account. My future didn’t seem very bright at that time, and I wish with the support of my Mother we could have planned for my college journey.

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As I think about my daughter entering 3rd grade in the Fall (yikes!) and eventually graduating high school and moving onto college – it makes me quite nervous! As a single Mom who isn’t yet 30 I’m still building my life, and figuring out where the road will take me – but my daughter’s education is a priority because I don’t want her to have any barriers accessing higher education as I did. But I can’t plan for her future alone, which is why I’m thrilled that the U.Funds Dream Tour and their Dream Tents will be engaging with families around Massachusetts this summer and fall and getting them excited about seeing their dreams come to life and saving for college.

I had the opportunity to stop by the Dreams Tent this past weekend and was so impressed at the valuable information for both kids and families and the interactive displays for kids. The most exciting part for my daughter was being in front of a green screen decked out in rockstar attire. Given that she has big dreams of being a singer and dancer she was able to pose and see her picture printed on top of a concert background. She was able to see her dreams come to life which was great and also brought up how she can pursue her dreams – and we both know that education is key.

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The U.Fund Dreams Tour is just the beginning and a great way to get your kids involved with their future. MEFA’s Ufund is a Massachusetts 529 college-investing plan, tax-advantaged savings plan managed by Fidelity. MEFA is a dynamic local non-profit state authority working to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

My daughter’s education is an investment in herself and her future. I never want her to stop learning or stop growing and I hope through saving for her college education at an early age will truly provide her with the support she needs to dream BIG.

Speaking of dreaming big, one of our favorite books to read is a great book called “Grace for President” by Kelly S. DiPucchio which talks about one determined young girl who is upset there haven’t been any female Presidents and runs a Presidential campaign in her school – and wins! It’s a powerful educational book to read with my daughter that reinforces my desire for her to think and dream BIG and I want to offer this book to one lucky reader – enter below!

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