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Drinking In College: The Family Conversation To Have Before You Drop The First One Off

Beverly Low | Posted 08.02.2016 | College
Beverly Low

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfectly scripted conversation when it comes to college drinking. A lot of students will choose to drink alcohol at some point during their first year. That's the reality.

3 Questions to Ask if Your Student Gets in Trouble at College

Shanlon Wu | Posted 05.20.2016 | College
Shanlon Wu

Disbelief is the most common reaction parents have to news that their college student is in trouble. Most parents think, "What's the big deal? We all ...

What to Expect When Your Kid Leaves for College

Lora Bumatay | Posted 09.23.2016 | Parents
Lora Bumatay

My husband and I were seniors in college when we had our first one. She just graduated from UC Irvine this past June and our middle child is in her third year at UC Berkeley. Some of our friends' children are just now leaving for college. These are my words of wisdom on what to expect when you drop them off to the dorm and live through those college years.

The Summer College Search is Like House Hunting

Beverly Low | Posted 06.29.2016 | College
Beverly Low

Exploring a variety of options, finding a good match, and making it your own place to think, create, and grow. That's what the college search process is all about.

Will Hipster Parents Tap Private Liberal Arts Colleges?

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Apparently, there is a huge market for craft beer. I needed to learn more. So, I did a little research and discovered a number of sources that claim the craft beer craze is largely fueled by the so-called hipsters.

4 Clean Ways to Care for Your College Kid

Becky Blades | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Becky Blades

I confess that I have invited myself into my daughter's dorm room and done her laundry. Don't judge me. It was an exceptional situation.

An Important Talk About Life, Death and the Responsibility of Friendship

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter | Posted 08.03.2015 | College
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter

We're still in the earliest weeks of the fall semester, during which new students are most acutely at risk for alcohol-related injury, death and other incidents. Though physically distant, parents remain the biggest role models in their students' lives.

Empty Nesting Season: Letting Go a Little at a Time

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

When I looked at those parents and children, I heard the anguish in my friend's heart. The joy and pride of one moment. The emptiness and confusion of another. My own tears as I watched my son drive away.

What If I Don't Like My Roommate?

KnowMore TV | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Many of the young men and women I speak to all week long in my practice are panicked about the same issue: the stranger with whom they will be sharing the tiny space called a dorm room

Top Five Tips for Parents Whose Students Are Off to College for the First Time

Keith Wade | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Keith Wade

We've seen a lot of anxious parents over the decades. Take a deep breath -- it will be okay, we're going to take good care of them -- and read these top five tips.

Top 10 Things Not to Say to Your 20-Something

Elizabeth Fishel | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Elizabeth Fishel

As parents of 20-somethings, you may be idling uncertainly between Mother's and Father's Days, wondering where you belong, until you realize: you are not out of business yet.

Ten Ways to Soften Spring Break

Beverly Low | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Beverly Low

Write a thank you note -- not a text or email message. Even if you're lounging poolside in Cancun, buy a postcard and show your gratitude to at least one person.

Add Applying for Financial Aid to Your Holiday To-Do List

Mary Johnson | Posted 02.15.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

While you are making your holiday list and checking it twice, don't forget to add a reminder to apply for financial aid. What better gift than knowing you'll have enough money to send your child to college?

Homesick? Take a Deep Breath

Beverly Low | Posted 12.16.2013 | College
Beverly Low

For a first-year student adjusting to life away from home, the smallest inconvenience can feel like a dramatic, earth-shattering event. First-years live in a world of extremes. Many arrive on campus expecting the college experience to be perfect immediately.

The Spring Tradition That Causes Anxiety For Parents

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 06.14.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

As annual duties go, completing the FAFSA in spring is as pleasing as having a mammogram while filling out your 1040. Warming winds lure young and old to neighborhood cafes and parks as middle-aged parents of college kids collectively growl at computers.

The College Declaration of Independence

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 05.06.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

College is a time of transition. Adolescents are ready to take on more responsibility for themselves and have to learn sometimes that there are consequences for actions. But college is a relatively safe space to learn those lessons.

The Visit

Grown And Flown | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Grown And Flown

As parents, we can stop worrying about the transition to college and plan the visit. If you live close enough to your college age child and do not want to wait until Thanksgiving to see them, well, it's time for a little journey.

Growing a College: Why Parents Matter

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As we slowly come to the end of the great economic recession, now is probably the right moment for American colleges and universities to take stock of the role of parents in the life of the college.

Facebook Outed Me

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Hegland

Like a toddler with no impulse control, I keep waddling toward the socket with my curious, sticky fingers. It's only Facebook, right? How dangerous can it be?

Families Continue to Matter More Than You Think

Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi

However, other parents find themselves feeling as if they need to do a "search and rescue mission" because their college students have been maintaining "radio silence" for days or weeks.

Bye Bye Baby -- Seeing a Child Off to College

Mindy Utay | Posted 09.29.2012 | College
Mindy Utay

Starting next month, approximately six million young adults will be heading off to their freshman year at college. To look at it another way, about six million American mothers will be in some stage of meltdown.

Quick and Dirty Advice for Soon-to-Be College Students and Their Anxious Parents

Susan Herbst | Posted 06.30.2012 | College
Susan Herbst

There's no shortage of advice in this area, but in all the time I've spent as a student, faculty member and administrator, three simple pieces of wisdom I've picked up along the way stick out to me as being the best and most worthwhile.

College Brings New Freedoms -- For Parents

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 11.23.2011 | Parents
Carolyn Bucior

"We're supposed to be making wild love in every room of the house," my husband said to me after our son went to college. I set down the crossword puzzle. He was right. It was time to party.

Note To Parents On College Move-In Day: Please Leave | TRIP GABRIEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As the latest wave of superinvolved parents delivers its children to college, institutions are building into the day, normally one of high emotion, ac...

When the College Kids Go Back, What's Left?

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

Except for our youngest child, who just started middle school, my husband and I are almost alone. When you're used to raising a loving family, the house feels huge and empty without it.