Words will never hurt me?!

I‘m embarrassed to admit it, and its truth pains me, but I’m almost certain the people to whom I’ve spoken most hatefully are my own children and husband.  I’ve wondered if I’m the only one who does this. Why do the people I love most receive the worst treatment I have to offer?  Thankfully, mean (read more…)

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What’s your definition of successful parenting?

Mary Jane was the first person I ever hired, and I vividly recall her response to my question about her greatest accomplishment: “Raising my two sons to be responsible adults, both out of college with meaningful careers, considerate of and generous to others, and one now married and expecting his first baby.” It wasn’t the (read more…)

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Demystifying the college search

My first-born will begin her college freshman year later this month.  With over 4,500 colleges and universities in our country, deciding where to attend followed a rigorous, months’ long odyssey that required investigation, perseverance, and sifting through a lot of noise.  Because we didn’t begin sooner, we also had the added pressure of short deadlines. (read more…)

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15 good and (almost) perfect gifts for high school graduates

For some, gift giving is love language; they always know just what to give.  Their gifts compel Cheshire cat smiles, squeals of delight, or sometimes render the recipient speechless. Gift giving is not my strong suit. I labor over choosing the “right” present for someone; not because I’m trying to impress them, nor out of (read more…)

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Allowances: teaching teens how to manage their money

My husband is an excellent financial manager.  This has proven important in our marriage since I’m partial to words, not math or anything remotely associated with budgets.  Charlie’s excellent Warm and Fuzzy Budgeting post was preachin’ to his choir. As is often the case in marriage, the way we were raised informs the way we parent. (read more…)

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