College is the best four years of your life (at least, theoretically). It’s about freedom, independence, and eating cold pizza for breakfast just because you can. It’s our first foray into the “real world,” which is pretty exciting, but for parents, I suppose it can be a little frightening to watch the nest empty out. Hi. My name is April and this fall, I’ll be a college … [Read more...] about Ground Rules for Parental College Visits
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As we head into Halloween, I want to offer a few cautions based on 18 Halloweens as a parent. First: Feed your kids dinner BEFORE they go Trick or Treating. This took me five years to learn. Children will not eat peas and chicken after 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Second: Please do not limit your kids’ Halloween candy to five pieces or force them to sell their loot to … [Read more...] about Halloween Tricks (for Parents)
It’s one of the most startling, and at times most delightful, biological gifts of parenthood: when you unexpectedly see yourself, or your beloved, or Grandma Ellie, reflected in your own child. Maybe it’s a talent for taking apart a car engine, the ability to dunk a basketball, the resurgence of one of your mother’s mannerisms you never thought you’d see again. There is an … [Read more...] about Do Parents Pass on Our Neuroses to Our Kids?
Once upon a time you were fascinated by politics, intra-office warfare, tummy control slips, and how to dump a frenemy... and then, voila! You had a baby and you entered a new subculture where everyone talks about store-bought versus homemade baby food, the best playgroups and the alpha moms who stalk the playground making certain their child is constantly happy.However, when … [Read more...] about The Modern Mom’s Guide to Party Small Talk