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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Seasons in parenting: the teenage years (part 2)

On Friday I shared my first six tips for parenting teens. I can’t tell you how encouraging your responses were! We’ll continue here with seven more suggestions, and I’m already eager to hear your thoughts. Don’t be shy. 7. Don’t overreact. Whether your teenager brings home a poor grade or confides information about friends or (read more…)

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Seasons in parenting: the teenage years (part 1)

When Tsh approached me to write about teens in her Seasons of Parenting series, • It was because my three teens are perfect. • It was because she knows I’m a parenting expert. • I twirled a little happy dance, thrilled for an opportunity to encourage you and share a few thoughts in a much LARGER space than (read more…)

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