#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Chrissy Gaetke

She’s bold. She’s bright. She can leap tall buildings in a…wait! Well, maybe she can’t leap buildings, but she can eloquently and professionally report the local news and interview guests on live radio. She’s got the gift of gab and knows how to use it. Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is living her dream as a news reporter and talk show host. I had

How do I keep my college student safe?

You survived move-in day. Your student is engaging in college life. You are at home missing the flurry of activities and perhaps even the backpack on the hallway floor or the dirty dishes on the counter. Even though you are excited for your child, that doesn’t mean you don’t worry. You’ve seen awful news stories and heard of kids making

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Abby Kitto

Compassionate, creative, resilient and strong are words friends use when describing today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. Abby Kitto is all of these and so much more! I believe today’s post will educate you, entertain you and make you really really hungry for lemon pie! KR: Tell me about what brings you joy and fulfillment. AK: I find fulfillment in helping people communicate a

Big Announcement Today!

I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it! Today is THE DAY that I get to tell you about a spectacular partnership and show you what can happen when two crazy entrepreneurial gals put their heads together.  For a couple of years, I’ve been dreaming about providing you some tangible products to help parents and students stay connected through the

Packing for college–what you need to know for smooth sailing on move-in day

Moving into the dorm room is one of your child’s first fleeting steps into collegiate life. What can you, as a parent, do to help make this transition a smooth one? Follow the 3 BEs! Here are some tried and true tips for smooth sailing on move-in day taken from Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman

10 Must-Haves for the Dorm

If you’ve got a student heading off to college this fall, then you are probably elbows deep in lists and worries. But one thing you don’t need to stress about is what to pack for the dorm. I’ve got you! There’s a complete checklist of what to pack (and NOT pack) in my book Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Brooklyn Harren

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with the 2018 Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador candidates about character, kindness and leadership. In addition to meeting the current candidates, I was introduced to a delightful young woman named Brooklyn, who was just completing her term as a Sauk Rapids Community Ambassador and is currently preparing to compete in the

Wear Sensible Shoes and Other Observations of College Graduation Day

Our oldest child graduated from college over the weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, which may sound silly since I’m a college graduate myself. I graduated several decades ago from a mid-sized public university in the era of Aqua Net and patent leather pumps. I remember the fashion, but honestly, I can barely remember the ceremony. It’s likely sandwiched

Meet the Intern: Adam

Today, you have the privilege of meeting another awesome Radi to Write intern! Adam Valley is a junior at St. John’s University. He’s creative, funny, and thinks his parents did a pretty good job helping him launch. Read on and get to know Adam. Area of study: Major: Global Business Leadership. Minor: Economics Clubs & Extracurriculars: Intramural Basketball, Marketing Club Fun

Meet the Intern: Gabrielle

In a previous post, I shared how the Radi to Write team has grown. I’m excited to introduce you to one of our amazing college interns today. Gabrielle is super-sharp, detail-oriented and hard-working. Read on to get to know Gabrielle and to learn what her parents did well in helping her transition from high school to college. Year in School:  Sophomore Area of study: