Post Holiday Blues: I Would Kill For Some Peppermint Bark. Really...

 I'm starving. Seriously starving.  I want some peanut butter so bad.  And I'm so tired.  Like I've been on "Survivor" for three days starving and tired.  I'm also bored senseless.  I've been staring at the Christmas tree, my brain reeling from competing arguments for leaving it up or taking it down. And although, as I've said, I'm incredibly bored, I've opted to continue to stare at it rather than take it down. I just don't have the energy.  I have no fuel, remember.  I'm starving....more
I'm on board for banning January. Let's do it!more

Are You A Helicopter Parent? 5 Times It's A Good Thing

 Are you a helicopter parent?I know I am. I am even ashamed about it sometimes, yet I still can’t seem to quit even realizing it might be hurting my child....more

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

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