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How parents can help when their college freshmen get sick

When College Freshmen Get Sick

College freshmen, and all other students, get sick — a lot. “Every year freshmen come into my office and say, ‘I have never been sick like this in my life. There must be something wrong with me,’” said Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, director of medical services at the University of Connecticut student health center. “And I […]

Lessons learned when your teen can't text, call or email.

No Phone Calls, No Emails, No Texts

Turns out getting all wound up about my kids’ compulsive phone use was actually a cover for my own incessant communication addiction. I’m as bad as they are. It hit me this summer when my 14-year-old son took a two-week backpacking trip in the Wyoming wilderness. Apparently the National Outdoor Leadership School doesn’t buy the […]

The unexpected college road trip that was meant to be

The Unexpected College Road Trip

This past year, my younger son and I toured a few of the colleges on his wish list. After visiting schools two years ago with his older brother, I knew these college tours were going to be as exciting as waiting in line for 26 hours to get a driver’s license, but I was looking […]

Cookbook author, Katie Workman, suggests 10 kitchen essentials

Kitchen Essentials for a First Apartment

So, your kid has his or her own first real kitchen. Maybe it’s at college, maybe they are in their first apartment, but aside from the sample sized bottle of dishwashing liquid, there’s not much there. Where to start? Here are the 10 kitchen essentials I would buy for a beginner cook. Are these the […]

The questions a high school teacher asks herself before she writes a letter of recommendation for college.

Letter of Recommendation: What Teens Need to Know

Senior year means a lot of stress for twelfth graders. These stressors all revolve around the college application, of course, or the application to a gap year program, or for a job or internship. All of these options require at least two recommendations from teachers. One of the problems with this process, however, is that […]

How parents can help their college kids drive safely back to college

25 Ways to Help Your Teen Drive Safely Back to College

This is a sponsored post by Liberty Mutual Insurance, but opinions expressed are our own. Saying goodbye to our college daughter on the steps of her freshman dorm last fall was a moment marked with a long hug, a few tears and a dollop of heartache. This fall, she will have a car at college […]

Drop Off after freshman year is all the sadness without so much worry.

College Drop Off After Freshman Year

I have seen three sons off to college and each time my heart broke and I beat myself up for feeling this way.  As each college drop off approached I listened to the chorus of those who reminded me that this was college, a good thing, a great thing, and that my pride in my son’s […]

Advice for College Move In Day

It’s Here: College Move In Day

It’s here. The day you have anticipated, dreamed about and maybe even dreaded for 18 years has arrived.  While college move in day is a proud moment for any parent that does not mean it isn’t a day filled with stress and more than a little sadness. While we have written about why we will miss […]

A letter from a mom to a daughter before freshman year.

“Love, Mama,” A Letter to My Daughter Before Freshman Year

My daughter left for college last August. This is the letter I gave her during our last family dinner at home. We laughed…we cried…and surprisingly, we let her go. Dear Daughter, Don’t go. Love, Mama Dear Daughter, No, of course that’s not my message to you. That would go against every article I’ve consumed over […]

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“Dear Mom,” From Your Off to College Daughter

In examining the off to college process we have heard from the parents. We have looked at dorm shopping, adjusting to life without our kids and the silver lining that just might exist in the empty nest. But up until now we have not heard from the kids. How does it feel to be 18 […]

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How parents can help their college kids drive safely back to college

25 Ways to Help Your Teen Drive Safely Back to College

This is a sponsored post by Liberty Mutual Insurance, but opinions expressed are our own. Saying goodbye to our college daughter on the steps of her freshman dorm last fall was a moment marked with a long hug, a few tears and a dollop of heartache. This fall, she will have a car at college […]

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Grocery Store Grieving

Lisa writes: For weeks I stood in the grocery store and cried.  Usually it happened in the produce aisle, but sometimes it happened at the deli counter or in front of the calcium fortified orange juice. Casually I would wipe the tears away as I tried to make weeping in a supermarket look like the […]

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Lisa writes: As a kid I thought New Year’s Resolutions were magical, like wishes made while blowing out birthday candles. On this one special night of the year, I could hope and dream for something to be different and a year hence, it would be. As I got older I made resolutions, often failed to […]

Empty Nest: Would You Do it All Over Again?

Broody in the Empty Nest

Lisa writes: In England they call it being “broody,” the clock ticking feeling that the one thing in the world you want to hold is your own baby.  It strikes women in their twenties and thirties and if not dealt with can bring on a sense of panic.  But I am in my fifties, almost […]

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Cookbook author, Katie Workman, suggests 10 kitchen essentials

Kitchen Essentials for a First Apartment

So, your kid has his or her own first real kitchen. Maybe it’s at college, maybe they are in their first apartment, but aside from the sample sized bottle of dishwashing liquid, there’s not much there. Where to start? Here are the 10 kitchen essentials I would buy for a beginner cook. Are these the […]

A letter from a mom to a daughter before freshman year.

“Love, Mama,” A Letter to My Daughter Before Freshman Year

My daughter left for college last August. This is the letter I gave her during our last family dinner at home. We laughed…we cried…and surprisingly, we let her go. Dear Daughter, Don’t go. Love, Mama Dear Daughter, No, of course that’s not my message to you. That would go against every article I’ve consumed over […]

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Spring flowers and a reminder of the intensity of college application season.

Oh, No, It’s Spring

Today is the first day of spring. Even the google doodle is celebrating! Fantastic – the first daffodils are finally blooming at our house. Only one plant, it is a mini variety and sits on the edge of the lawn, next to the street.  Blankets of green stems with encased blossoms stand nearby, waiting their turn […]

5 ways to connect with busy teens

Parenting Teens During the Busy High School Years

Like most teens, my 17 year-old daughter is busy. Even though she lives just a few rooms down from mine, some days I feel like I have barely seen or spoken to her. On weekday mornings she is out the door by 7 a.m., has full day of school followed by a two-hour track practice. […]

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Back on the Career Track, pt. 2

Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of irelaunch, returns today with some concise words of advice for anyone looking to reignite a career or maybe change direction. She gives us some great personal stories that we hope will provide inspiration and direction. If you want to hear more, click here for Part 1 of our interview with […]

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Four Most Dreaded Words for a Stay-at-Home-Mom

What comes to mind when you hear that an educated woman, a woman who once had a burgeoning career, has stepped down to become a stay-at-home-mom?  Really, what do you think?  That she is a great mom?  That she wasn’t really all that successful and found the hidden trap door in the floor?  That she […]

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