The Bittersweet Reality of Facing An Empty Nest

This is a year full of changes for our family. The biggest change is to see our daughter's last year of high school end and sending her off to college in the fall. When your children are babies and you are waking up for 2 a.m. feedings, it seems like the time that they go out on their own is in the very distant future. Let me just say that that time goes very fast and before you know it, you will be through the first day of school, through the adolescent years, and finally seeing them off to adulthood. ...more

5 Ways To Find The "Right" College For Your Kid

Of late, my Facebook feed has been chock full of pictures and words that looked and sounded a lot like this:"On the Southern states college tour and OMG, Clemson is just faaaaabulous! So wish schools looked like this when I was 17!" "So overwhelmed! With so many choices, how is Bobby The Brilliant Future Brain Surgeon ever going to decide?" "We are so proud of our little Been Precocious Since She Could Walk, who just took 7 summer courses at Yale for over- achieving high school sophomores and got straight A's."Holy crap....more

Becoming a Proud Witness

The Top 5 Ways To Prepare For Dropping Your Child Off At College

Two weekends ago I took my 18 year old daughter to college.We flew out together to a campus on the other side of the country, where I helped her move into her dorm room, bought her a veritable sh**t load of dorm supplies at Target, helped her buy her text books (meaning I provided the credit card), attended a few orientations and met her room-mate; the one person on the entire campus that my daughter knew (and they'd really only texted and Facebooked each other a few times during the summer.)...more

They're Baaaack! 6 Tips to Help You Survive Summer with Your College Student

Over the next month or so, college students will be returning home to spend the summer with you. Within a few days, several of your conversations will begin with any or all of the following questions: Where have you been? It's 2:00am.When did I say you didn't have to call?Why would you take the car without asking?What do you mean you don't have a job?Who said I'd do your laundry?Who is that sleeping on my couch?Why are there empty beer bottles in the back of the garage?It's 2:00 pm, are you ever going to get out of bed? ...more
I love #6 and especially love this part: "I can't get those days back, but I can relish the new ...more

I Always Said I Wanted An Independent Daughter, Just Not Independent From Me!

I just had to comment on this… My daughter went away to college and it was one of the most ...more

A New Language

I have discovered a new language in college.  It's not Spanish, French, or even American Sign Language.  No...those would all be too easy.Where did I discover this language?  In the pages of my macroeconomics textbook.  Whatever this language is, it is completely incomprehensible.  I've never seen anything like it!Luckily, I have a professor who has given us plenty of time to study each chapter.  Well...I'm hoping I'm lucky because right now I'm just lost!...more