Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

Mother Nature Network

  • Why We Need to Make Math Relevant to KidsDecember 2016

    American kids lag behind their international peers in math skills, but STEM jobs are growing, and prepared kids will benefit. Tips here for making math as relevant as reading and getting kids comfortable with it.

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  • 11 Ways to Save Money on Medical ExpensesNovember 2016

    Medical care is expensive, and health insurance is tricky stuff. Tips here for cutting costs on prescriptions, unnecessary procedures, and even hiring a billing advocate if you're in over your head.

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  • 10 Ways Today's College Students Can Lower Their Student DebtOctober 2016

    College is expensive, and most students can't pay their own way unless they live at home. Here's what families should know as they research colleges.

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  • 6 ways to Clear Physical and Mental ClutterSeptember 2016

    Clutter is stressful, whether it's a garage packed to the gills or too much screen time that fragments your brain. Here's how to deal to de-stress your family.

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  • Why Kids Should Work (and 10 Ideas for Jobs)September 2016

    Kids learn all kinds of skills from working, and they don't need to wait until they're 16 to start. Tips here for younger kids.

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  • 7 Personal Finance Skills for College KidsSeptember 2016

    College students need to learn how to budget and live within their means to get off on the right foot when they graduate. Here's what they should know.

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  • For a Happier Family, Stop Overspending on KidsJuly 2016

    It's so very easy to get caught up in keeping up with the Joneses, but our efforts can tank our bank account and don't necessarily benefit our kids. Here's how to drown out the cultural noise.

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  • Teen Driver at Home? Here's How to Keep Insurance Costs DownJuly 2016

    Car insurance premiums can double when you add a teen to your policy, even if your kid gets good grades. It's hard to escape the hefty increase, but there are a few things you can do to keep it from being even worse.

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  • 4 Things Teens Really Need from Their ParentsJune 2016

    Connecting with your teens isn't easy when they ignore you, shut you out, or head off with friends all the time. But they need us as much now as when they were little. Here's what to know.

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  • In Praise of Exercising with FriendsJune 2016

    Exercise was always easy when I was younger, before my joints got creaky, but these days I find I need friends to keep me accountable.

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  • Would You Put Mom or Dad in a Granny Pod?April 2016

    Helping out an elderly parent can be tricky if they don't want your help but need extra care and don't have the money to handle it all on their own. Granny pods are an interesting new phenomenon that might be an answer to a family's dilemma.

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