What Does Your Child Want to Be? Let this Issue Help You Help Them Decide

This month’s 4-year-old cover model, Finley, one of our summer cover search winners, loves Waffle House! She and her family eat at Waffle House in their neighborhood two to three times a week. Finley says she wants to one day be a Waffle House server, but more importantly, she wants to OWN a bunch of waffle houses. That’s her dream.

Maybe Finley will finish high school, go away to college, get a degree in business and do just that. Maybe she’ll work her way up through the ranks to accomplish her goal, and maybe her path is somewhere in the middle.

This month, in our College & Career Planning Guide, writer Paige Townley explores some of the different paths today’s kids can take to success. College is always an excellent choice, but sometimes it isn’t possible because of costs or even a child that is just not interested in college for various reasons. We take a look at 4-year colleges, junior colleges, trade schools, construction, law enforcement, cosmetology and more. When parents know what great options there are for their particular student, they can better help their child make good choices.

If college is on the horizon for your child, check out the information for the International College Counselors Association on ways to negotiate more financial aid. And if the recent news of cheating to get into college has concerned you, they also weigh in on that.

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Birmingham Parent May 2019 Issue

And as you celebrate Mother’s Day this month, let us wish you a very happy Mother’s Day! I am a mom myself, but my mom passed on years ago. Her legacy lives on, though, and I’ll always be grateful for the things she taught me and the love she gave me. She lives on in my children.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and have a Happy Mother’s Day! Summer is knocking on the door.

Carol Muse Evans

Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA

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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).

Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.