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

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Melissa Sturm-Smith

Wonder Woman inspires me with her grit and determination. She fights for truth and justice and possess super-human strength. Yet, she has the heart of a woman. We encounter passionate, fascinating women every day. These women may not chase down bad guys in shiny red boots and may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives,

10 Things to Teach Teens Before They Move Out

If you’re a parent of a recent high school graduate, there’s a good chance your child may be moving out in the upcoming months.  Wait! What? This is the same kid who is incapable of getting dirty socks into the hamper.  How will he keep up with his own laundry?  She has no idea how to read a map or

Clever Care Package Idea: send your student a day at the beach

Is your student feeling the mid-winter blues? Then it’s time to send some love in a shoe box. Yes, you can send sunshine ! It’s called a care package. Your student will be thrilled to receive one and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Not sure how to get started? Don’t worry! Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to

Keeping Students Healthy

Getting sick at home is no fun, but getting sick at college—without mom or dad there to bring cough syrup, chicken soup, and sympathy—is way worse! Cold and flu season is in full swing, so share these simple reminders with your students to help them stay healthy at school.  

FROM CLINGY KID TO WORLD TRAVELER, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

I stepped off the plane, exhausted and a little disoriented from the nine-hour flight. After navigating my way out of the terminal, I scanned the crowds of people, searching for a familiar face. There she was! My baby, my world traveler. I scrambled to break through the barricades of humanity to reach her, to hold her again. I’d waited 98

New Year’s Resolutions for Parents of Young Adults

I used to be a big New Year’s resolutions gal. Each year, I’d make resolutions like these: Drop 15 pounds Cut out ALL sweets Work out at 5:00a.m. EVERY day Fit into my swimsuit by the fourth of July I always started out strong.  A vision of discipline on January first, I’d jump out of bed and squeeze into my

Gift Guide for College Students

Ho! Ho! Help? Once your kids move away, it’s hard to gauge what they want or need. How do you fill their stockings this holiday season? Instead of guessing, I went straight to the savviest shoppers on the team…our college interns. I asked them to create a holiday wish list to help parents shop for their college students. Happy Holidays from the

‘Tis the Season to Model Gratitude for Your Teen

Holiday displays are up, Black Friday pre-sales have begun, and I’ve already heard my first Christmas carol on the radio. ‘Tis the season! But before we jump into the chaos, I’d like to take a moment to remember Thanksgiving—the holiday that originated out of the spirit of gratitude. Let’s talk about gratitude and what it can mean to our nearly