Service Learning: What I Saw in the Slums of Nairobi

Summer for a college student can mean any number of things: rest and relaxation, family time or perhaps a busy work schedule. But for me, last summer meant a journey halfway around the world on a service learning trip – where I got to experience a new society and culture and tried to leave a little impact on the people I would meet. I lived at the edge of Nairobi, Kenya and walked to work in different primary schools in the Kibera slums ....more

College Application: What Happens to Your Heart After “Submit”

Our son, Sam, has applied early decision to college. “We” have not applied early decision to college, as I recently heard myself say, like couples who say, “we’re pregnant.” Sam...more

Learning From My Mistakes: 4 Things I Want Our Kids to Remember

I figure the statute of limitations on telling my most embarrassing moment has run its course, so maybe I can repeat the story with confidence knowing there will be no retribution by any parties involved. But as with anything in life, there are lessons to be learned from my mistakes…. I’ve been known to drop my children off at school carpool while I was still in my pajamas ....more

All I Need to Tell My Kids is in Their Childhood Books

I sat on my bed, pen at the ready, trying to think of something to write that hadn’t been said in random texts and snapchats that week. When I was in college, I loved getting mail. It changed the energy of the day, the voice on the paper coming from afar ....more

Was I the Best Mother I Could Be?

I friend recently tagged me on the Facebook Motherhood Challenge. It’s a feel-good activity: you post a picture that makes you proud/happy to be a mother and then tag other friends to post their pictures. Normally I love Facebook photos – beautiful babies, newly minted teenage drivers, pictures of weddings and graduations, even the ubiquitous selfies! ...more

How to Tell Your Daughter Goodbye at College: 50 Steps to Take

So, it’s been just over a month since you dropped your child off at college! How many checklists did you make?...more

College Rankings and How They Create False Hope

It’s fall in America. Besides resisting the urge to buy Halloween candy in September, we are again faced with college application season, and the strategically timed release of the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best College Rankings. ...more

Missing What’s Not Missing

I have a confession to make. For the past few years I’ve been consumed with my older daughter’s college journey. From the emotional turmoil of graduation, the preparations for college, and the adjustment of living a day-to-day life without her for the past two years, it seems I’ve neglected a few things ....more

Preparing for College is Bringing My Family Closer

She has come back to us, if only briefly. She was the little girl who fought bedtime to stay up with us a little longer, who told me I worked too much and didn’t spend enough time with her. The girl who seemed to have a flashing neon sign turned on throughout childhood: Engage with me ....more

When You See That Your College Kid Has Found Their Tribe

My son has been away at college for about a month now. Hard to believe, but the calendar doesn’t lie. Here at home, we are still adjusting to the reality of his being gone, each in our own way ....more