Summer break: How to handle your college student’s return

I’m in the build-up stretch of summer break. The stage that comes before your college student returns home. The time period when you miss your kid and can’t wait to reunite. Ask me how I feel in a couple of weeks. Having a teenager return home for the summer after spending time on his or her own is not easy for anyone involved. The minute…

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Dating advice for my teenage son

My son has his first girlfriend and anytime I try to offer advice, he tells me I don’t understand how relationships work now. I am experienced in love and life… but maybe my son is right. The teen dating world today is not the same teen dating world I grew up in. The “terms” of relationships are foreign to me. Is texting someone all day…

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Yes, it’s possible to help your teen manage anxiety

One day in middle school my son’s anxiety was so bad I had to go to school and get him because the teacher thought he was having a seizure. I had no clue myself about what was going on. Years later, I now recognize that teen anxiety is extremely prevalent and most parents are still trying to figure out how to help our teen manage…

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The secret sauce to raising teens

Is there a secret sauce for raising teenagers? This morning I attended service at my local church and the pastor spoke about the secret sauce to life. Actually, he said there really isn’t a secret sauce to life. I got to thinking about what he said and how there really isn’t a secret sauce to raising teens either — but what if there was? Like…

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Covid and divorces are hitting families hard

2020 will be a year no one will forget. So many lives will be forever affected by COVID-19 in more ways than from contracting the virus. Lives also are affected because many families have become broken in 2020, including my own (Raquel). It feels like this year, more than in other years, couples are getting divorced. I am stunned and shocked when I learn some of…

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Where to get SAT prep help from your home

Last weekend, a friend drove her son two hours to take the SAT in another county. This madness came about because in many counties test dates have been cancelled or postponed. With fewer opportunities to take college admissions tests, teens need to be completely prepared to get the best SAT or ACT score possible when the test is offered. Today, we are happy to promote…

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9 overlooked items to put on your college shopping list

As many of us move our college students into dorms or apartments, there are the obvious things to send them with, and then there are the less obvious. Seasoned college moms, Raquel and I are using our prior experience to create a college shopping list as we both move our sons into their dorms in the next week. Raquel bought most of her son’s shopping…

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Class of 2020 Graduation was about much more than a diploma

When COVID hit, I prayed and hoped it wouldn’t affect my son’s high school graduation. But as weeks went by, I could tell we were heading in the direction of a virtual graduation. I soon discovered that sometimes, because things don’t go as planned, doesn’t mean all is lost. The Class of 2020 will go down in history thanks to COVID19. What other class can…

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