Preparing for Your Child’s Education
We’re right in the midst of the busy back-to-school season, and that includes getting our 3-year-old daughter, Ava, ready for school. She’s only in preschool right now, but before we know it, she’ll be grown up and going to college. Until then, we’ll continue to cherish the moments that Ava has as our baby girl, including my first experience taking her to school. Now, every parent knows their big milestones — first walk, first word, first laugh, and first day at school. We weren’t worried, per say, about Ava’s first day of school, but every parent feels anxious about sending their kid off to that shining beacon of education, right? It’s a necessary first step towards building their education and their future, but we just don’t want to let go.
Thankfully, we did send Ava to pre-school without (too much) hesitation, even though I was seriously contemplating creating my own preschool at home and keeping her there. Plus, we really, really wanted Ava to spend more time with children her own age, since that’s an incredibly important step in every child’s development. There’s only so much we can teach them at home, and much more they have to learn from their peers and their lessons at school. Besides, Ava was excited to make friends, and of course I would never deprive her of such an opportunity. She’s an extremely smart, funny, and capable kid, but external stimulus is essential for further growth – and education has always been of paramount importance to me and my husband, Daniel.
That leads me to my next point: you should invest in a Heritage RESP. For those who don’t know, Heritage Education Funds is one of Canada’s leading Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) providers. The company has been around since 1965, and they have a rich history of helping thousands of families save for their children’s post-secondary education. Basically, investing in the RESP will guarantee that your son or daughter gets financial assistance once they get to university. Like I mentioned, education is of the utmost importance to us, and we are thrilled that using RESP will allow us to send Ava to a University of her choice one day. And again, as all parents know, saving now will only help offset the cost in the future, where prices of universities will undoubtedly have been multiplied. In addition to being a tax-sheltered savings vehicle, RESPs can also help you qualify for various government grants, which can also help with saving for your kid’s post-secondary education.
Now, we’ve already subscribed to an RESP, and taking that step was extremely important to us. Just like when we sent Ava off to preschool, we are preparing for her future in the best way we know how, and a Heritage RESP allows us a small sense of relief that, no matter what, at least her future is secure – barring an unforeseen apocalypse, of course.
Want a chance to save more for your children’s education? Heritage Education Funds is currently holding their Annual RESP Draw. You have a chance to win 1 of 8 contributions of $2,500 towards a Heritage Education Funds RESP plan. To enter, visit the Heritage Education Funds Win a RESP website. The draw date is December 31, 2014.
Don’t forget to visit the Heritage Education Funds website to learn more about their plans. You can also contact one of their Dealing Representatives, who pride themselves on exceptional personal service. They speak several languages, including English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Hindi. If you would like to contact a representative, visit here.
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Heritage Education Funds.