Empty Nest Practice

I always thought that I would be okay with having an empty nest. I focused on the positives: less laundry, fewer mouths to feed and the absence of my son’s sneaker collection. These past few weeks have been an empty nest trial run for me and my husband. One kid has already started college, going…

Letting Go On Mother’s Day

I am not that mom. The one who is distraught over her baby leaving home and heading off to college. I am not that mom who is upset and loses sleep when she doesn’t see her kids for a few weeks. And I am not that mom who wishes her kids would be young again.…

Heading Off to College

If you have a high school senior in your house, chances are you know what your kid is going to be doing when August rolls around. And with only a month or two left before graduation, your senior is probably having the time of his or her life. Second semester senior year is when they…

Friday Links: Hello Kitty, Frank Bruni and More

Happy Friday! We’re getting closer to college admission decisions in our house. And finishing up our spring break by spending time in the kitchen. What’s up with you? This article by Frank Bruni about kids applying to college resonated with me. And many others. How much Hello Kitty can you take? Single? Check out these…

A Mother’s Guide to Sleepovers for the 18+ Set

“I feel like I am running a brothel,” my across-the-hall neighbor said one recent morning as we opened our apartment doors for the newspaper. “There’s sex going on in every room!” It was the day after Thanksgiving, and all three of her children had come home from college with weekend guests in tow. For my…

5 Reasons Why College Girlfriends Rock

I find it amazing that we spent four years together from (the ages of )18-22 but found some commonality that has cemented us for more than 25 years… We have all been through our share of peaks and valleys in the past 25 years, but we remain able to connect without pretension or BS. That is…