Are You Afraid of Being a Smarty Pants

Afraid of being labeled a Nerd?
Afraid of being labeled a Nerd?

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here, and since it’s back to school time, I wanted to talk about something that I see all the time.  As you may know, umm, so people consider me kinda of a nerd.  Yup, it’s true, but you know what I’m over it – I embrace my nerdiness.  But it wasn’t always like that.  I mean we all know that the kids at school like to make fun of smart kids.  Have you ever played dumber than you are because YOU WERE AFRAID you’d get made fun of?

Well if you have, then SMARTEN UP Sister!  Being smart is a good thing, and it doesn’t mean you have to be a nerd.  The reason other kids make fun of the smart kids is because they’re jealous – jealous of your good grades, your study habits, of how easy school is for you.  They feel bad and they want you to feel bad too.

BUT don’t let them hold you back – and if you show you’re insecure about they may tease you even more.  And holding back in school may really mess up your future – I mean after all, wouldn’t you rather be called a nerd every once a while but know you’re heading off to college?  When you’re accepting your diploma, you probably won’t even remember the names of all those kids who dared to tease you, the proud, the smart – the NERD!

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy, aka the Nerd

Back to School Clothing Shopping Tips

Back to School Clothing Shopping
Back to School Clothing Shopping

Many parents dread back to school time because of fights with their tweens over clothing shopping.  Using these simple tips, you can have a stress-free shopping experience.

Tip #1: Look through Your Tweens Current Wardrobe – Go through your kid’s closet and see what’s already in there.  Donate or discard items that don’t fit or are worn out and get a sense for what can be worn in the new school year.

Tip #2:  Discuss Shopping Strategies – Before you head out to the mall, sit down and talk with your child about what new back to school clothing items are on their must have list and what is on the need list.  They will naturally want the coolest new looks, and designer labels, but you may be thinking more about a basic pair of blue jeans.

Tip #3: Make a Shopping List – Make two lists – once of items your tween needs and one of the things she wants.  Then allocate your overall budget to the wants vs. the needs.  Your tween can pick out her own back to school clothes from her wants, but when her portion of the budget is all used up, it’s gone.

Back to school shopping can be filled with tension between you and your tween, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips above and you can have an easy clothes shopping experience this year.

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How To Save Big on Back to School Supplies

Save on back to School Supplies
Save on back to School Supplies

Like most moms are you fearing back to school time because of the expense of school supplies?  Here are some quick tips on saving big money on academic supplies

  • Use the List – most schools and teachers will put out a list of required and suggested supplies for the school year  – you can either download these on the school websites, or find copies in the local stores.  Get this list as soon as possible and map out your spending priorities.  See what you need to buy new and what you can re-use from last year.  Make your “new” shopping list before heading out to the store
  • Stick to the list – Once you have your essential list, make sure you stick to it – just having a list will prevent impulse purchasing but if you go with your tweens, make sure they know they have to stick to the list.  If there is something not on the school supply list that they really want, allow them to purchase it with their own money, or a special back to school stipend.
  • Tax- Free holidays – make use of the fact that many states now have a tax-exempt week just prior to back to school time.  This could mean that many, if not all, of your school supplies will be tax free – and this could save you up to 10% off your total bill.
  • Shop Online – Use the internet to scour for deals at the big retail chains.  You can sign up for e-coupons on school supplies or even find out if there are any free shipping deals – saving you a trip to the store entirely!

With these simple back to school money saving tips, going shopping for school supplies with for your tween can be easy and cost effective.  And soon, you’ll be looking forward to the rumble of school buses in the morning – without the fear of blowing your budget.

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How to Make Friends – Don’t be Shy Look People in the Eye

How to Make Friends
How to Make Friends

Hey GirlMoguls – it’s back to school time and maybe you’re starting a new school – maybe you’ll be going with a group of new friends, or maybe you’re going to walk into class that very first day solo and you’re sweating it – just how are you going to make friends?  Are you worried you’re too shy?  Here are some great tips on how to be friendly:

  1. Don’t stress being shy – after all, everyone, even the most outgoing person, feels shy at times.  All you need to make friends is to get your confidence on  – and you don’t need to show up – just try a simple smile and hello to the kids in your class.  Once you get that down – and get a few smiles and hellos in return your can go for the next step
  2. Strike Up a Conversation – it doesn’t have to be a long one.  You could even script it out in front of your mirror at home.  You could compliment someone’s outfit or accessory, or maybe commiserate about the killer English homework.  A small conversation starter might lead to a longer talk
  3. Get Involved – If you want to make friends, but aren’t sure where to start, consider joining an after school club or class where you’re working on something that interests you – and all the other kids in the club.  It’s a lot easier to bond when you already share some common interests – like saving the whales or drawing comics
GirlMogul Lily
GirlMogul Lily

Posted by GirlMogul Lily