#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Hannah Lucas

I first learned about today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman when I saw an article written about how she and her brother created an app to help kids in crisis. The notOK app is essentially a panic button that sends a text to trusted contacts when a user needs support. But it was the story behind the story that made me want to meet

PARENTS AS PARTNERS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Parents of college students and future college students: I have terrific news for you! Your students are in good hands. Please, let me explain… I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference for an association of higher ed parent and family program professionals. Who are they, you ask? What do they do? These are the staff on your students’

Winter break survival skills for parents of college students

Winter break is almost here. It’s the time of year when parents eagerly anticipate their college students returning home. They have visions of sugar plums and expectations of Norman Rockwell-like family moments—gathering around the fireplace, playing games, telling stories and eating popcorn. They will be disappointed. Winter break is often the first time students return home for an extended period

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Shannan Younger

I met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman through professional channels. She’s a talented writer and the founder of the website betweenusparents.com. Shannan believes parenting, and life in general, is better when you have a sense of humor, a dose of perspective, and some good hard facts. This Midwestern mom and recent Jeopardy contestant is active in both politics and parenting. I recently caught up

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

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

College: Then & Now

Our daughter is a senior in high school, so we’re swimming in a sea of admissions brochures and ACTs. Of 529s and budgeting spreadsheets. Of unpredictable emotions and fear of the unknown—ours and hers. And yes, of college visits. It’s overwhelming, a little like buying a car. We’re kicking tires at campuses around the country, trying to help her narrow

Cruisin’ the Midwest

Life’s been a bit of a whirlwind here since Out to Sea set sail. During the past two weeks, I’ve had the privilege of spending time in Des Moines, Brainerd, Fargo, Grand Forks and St. Cloud for book events, speaking engagements and marketing. It’s still a little surreal. And very exciting. I’m not the best at posting my activities and