Cue the Tears: My Eldest Son Is Off to College

On the day my eldest son left for college, my youngest son got his first zit. This had to be some kind of sign, I thought. Time marches on or some such thing ....more

Cue the Tears: My Eldest Son is Off to College

On the day my eldest son left for college, my youngest son got his first zit. This had to be some kind of sign, I thought. Time marches on or some such thing ....more

Brussel Sprouts: What Do We Really Know About Our Kids?

What does cooking for a family and an apartment full of twenty-something hungry roommates have in common? ...more

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 ....more

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 ....more

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 forward to spending one-on-one time with my over-scheduled son. A few of the schools were farther than seven hours away, so we flew to each one ....more

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? ...more

This Sorority Girl Was Okay With Her Daughter Not Rushing

When I think back to my college days, almost every memory that I have is tied to my sorority. From the crazy-themed casual exchanges to the excitement of formals; from the late-night meetings to the meaningful impact of initiation; from the long-lasting bond of sisterhood to the reason I haven’t been able to drink tequila for the past 28 years, sorority life and the myriad of experiences it gave me are far and away the most memorable part of my time at Arizona State University. As the first person in my family to go to college, I was clueless as to what Rush and sorority life were all about ....more

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 ....more

After August: Learning To Parent A Young Adult

A while back, our two oldest children left for college one week apart. Jarring, yes. And yet, I remember thinking, I’m not upset enough ....more