10 Jobs Moms Do Better Than the Professionals

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 25 years. Recently as our nest grew empty, I have started to wonder what it is that I'm qualified to do for my second act. Upon reflection, it seems that I'm actually quite prepared and able to fulfill the job requirements of any CEO and any of the following job. And honestly, I might be over-qualified for some. God knows I have years of experience: 10 Jobs Moms Do Better Than The Professionals: ...more
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The College Prep And Pack: Boys V. Girls

If you are ever looking for evidence of gender difference, look no further than the college prep and pack.  Although, it's certainly not scientific, all one needs to do is study the looks on the faces of "the welcoming committee" at any college when a van load of girl's stuff pulls up compared to when a boy's drives into the same space.  Proof positive!...more
This is so true! I have to admit that I was the roommate that never brought the big ticket ...more

10 Things Excellent Parents Have In Common

What makes an excellent parent?  Hell if I know...No really.  Hell if I know.  I do know that I'm most likely  not one of them, but I like to think that in certain lights, and at certain times, it's possible to see that I might be doing ok, at least, so far.Parenting is an exhausting job;  one that never ends, gets much easier or lets you settle into bed feeling secure.  It does and can, however, reap tremendous rewards, and give you life's greatest pleasure.  But to get there requires work...Lots of work....more

Preparing Kids For College Means Far More Than Decorating A Dorm

 In the next month or so, kids from all over will load up cars, say goodbye to their hometown friends and families and head off to college for the first time....more

The Confidence To Be Yourself: What I Learned From My 15 Year Old Niece

As a parent of an three adult children, I've lost count of how many times over the years I told them that if they could "just be yourself everyone will like you." Honestly, I'm not sure any of them ever followed my advice and I am pretty damn sure looking back on my own teen years, I didn't....more

Emptying The Nest: 5 Steps To Making The College Drop Off A Success

 At the end of August in my 17th year, my parents loaded up their car and drove their oldest child to college.  I was nervous, but in that excited, rumbly way; worried about the roommate, the classes, the food, and all of that stuff, but anxious to start this new adventure. I'm pretty sure my dad was feeling the same as I was.   My mom, on the other hand, was psychotic, catatonic and just plain off her rocker.  Suffice it to say, she wasn't coping well....more

15 "Must Have" Books For The Perfect Childhood!

The other day my 22-year old daughter attended her first baby shower for a friend. When she asked me for some gift suggestions; having absolutely no idea that a sippy cup was not something found at a college frat party, it made me realize how long it had been since I'd been to a baby shower.  It got me to thinking about my "go to" baby gifts from years ago and it made me nostalgic for my own babies. ...more
Love your list.  My kids received books at their showers too.  Often the books were titled with ...more

Do You Like The Like A Girl Commercial? Let's Celebrate Being Girls: #ownlikeagirl

 Have you seen the "like a girl" campaign by Always?  While I love the message, it also raised some questions for me about how we talk to girls about, well...being girls....more

"Away." Our Two Weeks In Europe: A Series

 I've heard that the best blogs either follow one particular theme or are written as a series.  Since there's no way I could stick to one theme as life is just too interesting for that, I will admit that I have wanted to try my hand at a series.  So, when a few weeks ago my husband and I returned from a European adventure, I figured the highlights of our trip, or at least how we managed to spend 14 days, 24 hours a day together, might just lend itself perfectly to such an endeavor.  I hope you enjoy following along....more