How to prevent “summer melt” for your high school graduate? Give ’em a nudge!

Many of you know I’m currently a mom of a high school senior. My “baby” will graduate in two weeks and head off to college in the fall. A few months ago, our high school sent out a notice about a program called Summer Nudging. It is sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education designed to help college-bound students

A Lesson in Ink

Young people today are sprucing up body parts with ink and adding holes to their heads (and elsewhere), all in the name of individuality and expression. Please understand—I have no issue with tattoos per se. In fact, I find many of them very beautiful, and I love the stories they tell (unless the story includes a fifth of Jack Daniel’s

If We Could Do It All Over…

Today’s post is a personal blog written by a very special young woman. Brooke Stier is a Radi to Write intern in the midst of completing her final weeks of college. Not only does she work with me, she serves as president of her college marketing club and works off-campus as well. In case she didn’t have enough on her plate

Advice for Parents: 8 Things I Learned my Second Time Around

It’s that time of year. Spring has sprung and graduation season is nearly here. Again. We’re about to launch our second child. And I’m okay with it. You heard me right. It’s a good thing. She’s ready. And—believe it or not—so am I. Click HERE to see today’s post on Grown & Flown that shares my thoughts as I head down

You’ve ordered the cap and gown. Parents, are you ready for what comes next?

Does the melody of “Pomp and Circumstance” cause a small lump in your throat? Does the thought of your child wearing a cap and gown bring tremendous pride AND an undercurrent of fear? If you’re both excited and scared about your student’s upcoming high school commencement (and pending adulthood), you’re not alone. The transition from high school to college stirs

10 life skills to learn while you’re still in high school

Our blogs are usually written for parents, but today we’re changing gears and sharing some information useful for high school students. So parents, please share this post with your teens! Today’s guest blogger is Adam Valley. He’s a junior at St. John’s University and working toward a Global Business Leadership major and an Economics minor. Adam’s been on the college scene for nearly

The Benefits of a JOB in College

College coursework is a student’s primary job. However, many students find it helpful (or necessary) to work while attending college. With the cost of education rising alongside the cost of living, holding down a job while in school is increasingly common among today’s college students. Some parents are concerned about a job negatively affecting academic success. They don’t want their

Meet the Intern: Sabrina

I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina Schultz last September following a speaking engagement. As we talked, she explained that she was vice president of the CSBSJU Marketing Club and asked if I would consider taking on some interns to help market my book. Well, as they say, the rest is history. Thanks to Sabrina’s persuasive pitch, we now have a Radi to

Meet the Intern: Shaelee

Shaelee Tripp brings a bright smile and even brighter ideas to Radi to Write’s Intern team. She works hard, balancing course work with jobs and extracurricular activities on campus and in the community. Read on to learn more about Shaelee and how her parents helped her navigate the transition from high school to college.  Year in school: Sophomore Area of study: