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Leaving for College

My Heart is Breaking as Daughter Heads off to College!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.15.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I am having a hard time with the fact that my daughter is leaving very soon for college. She is my first and I feel like my heart is breaking. I can'...

Rules for Adult Life

Nicole Scobie | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Nicole Scobie

A few pearls of wisdom from a mom as her grown-up child moves out and far away...

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.

Dear Parents, Before You Leave Your Kid At College

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2015 | College
Jennifer Wolfe

People ask me what it's like to leave your kid at college; they say they can't imagine the time when their now-little child will leave them. In the middle of naps and Cheerio snacks and sippy cups, they can't envision ever having their child not hanging all over them.

What I Want My Daughter To Know As She Heads To College

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 09.03.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

We face so many transitions in midlife and our children leaving the nest is one of them. It's bittersweet. We're excited for them as they embark on this next stage, I remember my excitement leaving home. We also dread the silence, the emptiness, yes, even the dirty washing.

College Reinvention

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

College-bound kids worry about a lot more than their shopping trips. Many of them are talking about and considering how they can reinvent themselves. After all, college is a fresh start and the perfect place to do that.

College Visit With My Firstborn

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Last week, my son and I did what many have done before us: We visited a college campus. We spent the night in a hotel, took a tour the next day, spoke to some students and ate some college food.

5 Creative Ways To Say Goodbye Before Leaving For College

| Posted 09.03.2014 | Teen

You’re so close the best time of your life: college! This upcoming academic year is going to be awesome. You’re going to push yourself to accompli...

5 Things I Didn't Buy My College Kid

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

My son is leaving for his freshman year of college in four days (but who's counting?). I may have blogged about it a few times here and there (OK, maybe more than that).

5 Reasons I Need To Go Away For College

Roberto Perez | Posted 10.08.2014 | Teen
Roberto Perez

You'll miss me, but you will also see that I can survive on my own and respect me for it. I hope you'll be proud. So let's start missing each other now -- we have so much more learning and growing to do apart, but together.

A Mom's Illustrated Life Lessons For Her College Freshman

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

To deal with my nagging mind, my heavy heart and the lump in my throat, instead of texting my college freshman every day with bits of advice, I started to draw pictures of things I wanted him to know.

Should Parents Begin Choosing Their College-Bound Kids' Majors? Possibly!

Laura Wellington | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

When a child goes to college today, it means the entire family goes to college... both literally and figuratively. It is a monumental commitment for all to undertake.

Withdrawal Jitters: A Mother Writes About Her Son Leaving for College

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'm close to the edge. I'm teetering between feeling abandoned and like the richest girl in the world -- rich because he chose me to be his mom, to give me that smile and that laugh.

Leaving My Twin Sister Behind

Tayler Held | Posted 11.04.2013 | Teen
Tayler Held

I was scared. Knowing my twin sister and I were going to be separated soon was terrifying. It must sound like we are conjoined twins. We might as well be.

Help! My Youngest Is Leaving for College (But First Wants to Pierce Her Bellybutton)

Nan Silver | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Nan Silver

"Don't freak out but I'm getting my bellybutton pierced after work. Just letting you know." That's the text my 18-year-old daughter sent me from her summer job at a frozen yogurt shop, while I was in our living room, aka: College-Packing Central.

25 Things This Empty Nester Is Glad Never To Do Again

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

So maybe you're an empty nester for the first time, and maybe you're feeling a little nostalgic -- or maybe you're crying a river of tears that reaches from your living room to your kid's dorm. In the meantime, take a look at this list of 25 things that I haven't missed about being the parent of school-aged children.

The Season of Goodbye

Stan Duncan | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Eighteen years are far too few to have in your life someone you love with all of your being and might, but to hold on to them would be worse. Holding close, then letting go; holding close, letting go.

Sweetie's Empty Nest

Candy Schulman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Candy Schulman

How do you stop annoying, also known as mothering, a daughter you've loved for 18 years? The one you affectionately called "sweetie?" How do you ever get used to the empty seat at the dinner table once she's gone?

New College Parents: Lost in the Transition

Brian Harke Ed.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Brian Harke Ed.D.

The goal is not to stop being a parent, but to evolve into becoming a parent who supportively enables and empowers their student to solve problems and understand the responsibilities of independence.

Little Sister's Note To Sibling Will Make Your Heart Burst

Posted 09.06.2013 | Teen

Little sisters tend to get a bad rap for being annoying, but just when you think you're about to rip your hair out, they do something unexpectedly swe...

Hey, It's OK If You're Breaking Up Before College

Posted 05.20.2013 | Teen

Breaking up is hard to do -- and even with the excitement of college in the air, parting ways with your high school sweetheart because you're both hea...

Senioritis and 'Soiling-the-Nest:' 3 Coping Tips for Parents

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Ann Rasmussen

Second semester Senior year brings out the worst and most complicated in all of us, parents and teens alike. Why? Our identities, roles and relationships suffer a seismic shift when a child leaves home.

5 Things You'll Miss About Home When You Leave For College

Cassidy Hopkins | Posted 03.09.2013 | Teen
Cassidy Hopkins

If you haven't gone off to college yet and are just itching to leave home... well, I have to tell you, be careful what you wish for. There are a lot of things you might miss.

Saying Yes to College

Linda Katehi | Posted 03.07.2013 | College
Linda Katehi

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg became famous after walking away from college. I needed my college education to discover how to walk toward what was possible in life.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

Emily Truong | Posted 02.12.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

The real reason I'm dying to go to college is that I cannot wait to get away from my parents. Don't get me wrong -- I love my mom and dad with every fiber of my being. But man, can they cramp my style.