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Leaving the Nest

3 Last-Minute Things I Need To Teach My Kid Before He Leaves For College

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 08.21.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

We are packing to take our 18-year-old son off to college at the end of this week. A small pile of 'Don't forget to pack!' items accumulating by the back door serves as a startling reminder that I have less than a week to tie up a few loose parenting ends.

Do We Ever Really Leave the Nest?

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Elizabeth A. Havey

"Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others." -- Virginia Woolf Is that why so many people write memoirs--to hang on to the illu...

Sometimes the Tears Take You By Surprise

Katie Morford | Posted 10.02.2016 | Parents
Katie Morford

Bittersweet, that's what it was, sitting with my husband and oldest daughter across a desk from the counselor at school. Not the school psychologist, mind you. Or the academic counselor. The college counselor, for my daughter, who is in her senior year of high school.

Saying Goodbye to My College Bound Kid

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 08.31.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I know there are many mothers out there that can't believe that beautiful little child they birthed 18 years ago has left the nest for their freshman year at college. And took their heart along with their computer, iPhone, and dorm trappings. I was in that club too.

11 Things to Think About As You Start Your College Life

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

So many of us parents are worried about the wrong things as we prepare our kids for the start of a college career. We fail to use this seminal moment as an opportunity to share values. The reasons are many.

31 Things Your Kids Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out

Emily Mendell | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Emily Mendell

Since we grownups have a bucket list of things we must do before we kick the bucket, our kids have a bubble list of things they must do before they leave the bubble of our home and our protection.

Let Me Tell You Why I Don't Want a Real Job

Charli Moore | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Charli Moore

I'm not sure perpetual traveler is a recognized job description. However, adventure addict, house sitter and freelance travel writer might just be an accepted combination of viable employment possibilities.

Sometimes You Have to Leave to Grow

Lindsay Henry | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Lindsay Henry

Leave the nest. Expand your comfort zone. Stretch yourself. If you know it's the best thing, if you know you can only grow by leaving, the answer is often hard yet so simple.

What a Mother Knows

Leslie Lehr | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Leslie Lehr

It's one thing when your child is safe in her bed down the hall. It's quite another when it's time for them to flee the nest. How far do we let them fall before we catch them?