The Container Store College Savings Weekend: A Review

This is a sponsored post but the opinions expressed are ours, truly. My first attempt at college dorm shopping with our eldest child was a bust....more

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Close While You Grow Apart

College kids and young adults communicate and share more with their parents than in past generations. Some of this is the changing relationship between the generations and some of it is technology. Research shows our children are happier to talk with us and more comfortable sharing information about their friends, relationships and finances than we were with our parents ....more

The “Sibling Factor” in College Choice

High school seniors are influenced by many factors when selecting a college to attend but new research suggests an additional influence: siblings. Researchers from Harvard* found that an older sibling’s college choice had a measurable impact on younger kids in the house, particularly if the siblings were the same gender, close in age and academic ability. The study found that fully 20% of siblings follow their older brother or sister to the same university and fully 31% applied to that same university ....more

What Parents Worry About When Their Kids Go To College

Letting our kids go can be hard. Part of the difficulty in watching them go to college is simply the pain of separation from those we love so passionately. But for many parents, (hand raised) worry, or maybe just concern, is a big part of the challenge ....more

Dad, Alcohol and the Dipping Birds

On the main street of the town I grew up in, there were two restaurants – the Edelweiss and the South Seas. How a small town in Connecticut ended up with these dining possibilities I do not know, but in any case we never went to the Edelweiss (where I imagined the women wore lederhosen and the sound track to the Sound of Music was played in a perpetual loop). On the other hand, we did venture with some regularity to the South Seas where the drinks, with alcohol and without, came with paper umbrellas and where we ate puffy fried things in sweet sauces ....more

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 ....more

Until I Saw the Clover

It was the clover that got me. I thought it would be the college acceptance letters, or the graduation ceremony, or the graduation trip with just the two of us, but it was none of those. It was the clover I noticed in the backyard tonight while I was outside with the dog ....more

Going to College: 7 Big Talks to Have Before They Leave

When we send our kids off to college it is all too easy get caught up in the whirlwind of graduation, dorm shopping, packing and moving. They try to squeeze in every last second with their friends and we may succumb to some nostalgia and sadness. But motherhood means looking forward and preparing, not for doing their own laundry and signing up for classes, but for the real challenges ahead ....more

First Apartment Cooking: 5 Fab Recipes from Katie Workman

When we sent our kids off to college, they lived in dorms and ate in the cafeteria. But soon, some of them found their way into their first apartments. With their tiny kitchens and equally tiny budgets, they needed some suggestions for cheap, easy, quick, yet delicious meals ....more

Lessons for a Ninth Grade Son

You are about to embark on life clinging to the lowest rung of a well-organized social food chain. A ninth grade boy occupies the bottom spot in a pecking order that was established many generations ago. You will inevitably rise from this spot ....more