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This week, I listened to a podcast about mothers caring for themselves and putting themselves first. It made me start thinking about how much time we spend doing, thinking, and worrying about our children. 

Yup, I was “that mom” on the college tour.

Yup, I was "that mom" on the college tour. I was the one that every kid wished their mom wasn't. The one that kids silently observed, perhaps with an eye roll, that made them suddenly appreciate their own moms for "being cool," at least for the moment.

One Size – Does Not Fit All

Some of our children hit middle school and already have their sites on college (not something we promote, but again, our kids are who they are), others get the college bug as they enter high school, some in their junior year - and others not until senior year - and while that might stress us parents out - the number one rule of a successful college admissions process is to meet our children where they are and remembering that "no size fits all - their size fits them."

My child was deferred and is devastated, I don’t know how to help.

Your child was deferred from their top choice college, now what? Here is how I handle deferrals with my students (and my own children)!

Why do all our good ideas come to us in the shower?

The other day I was on a networking call, and one of the participants said, “I wish I could find a way to keep my journal in the shower since that is where all my best ideas come.”

Leaning into Parenthood and Trusting the Journey of College Admissions

Today I leaned in. I mean, I really leaned in. As a college admissions expert, my life revolves around guiding and supporting students through the complex college application process.

August 1 . . . The First Day of The Most Awesome Year!

August 1 - The first day of your most Awesome Year! Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in. These are the words I tell my students every August.

Finding Firgun

Firgun and its benefits get me through the times when my own children may be going through a challenging time or a period of disappointments.

Let Dogs Sniff! Lessons in parenting from my research into canine curiosity!

Teenagers are constantly navigating a complex world, seeking opportunities to explore, discover their identities and make sense of their surroundings.

I renew my year with intentions not resolutions.

July 1 - the start of a new "fiscal" year for me. Most people make New Year's resolutions in January, but not me! 

Buy yourself a sticker chart.

Remember when we were potty training our children or wanted to get them to do something, and our first go-to was a sticker chart? Listen, I had three kids in 5 years - (along with reconstruction on a house and a move out of state - and then a move back) - so I was all about the bribe - and I owned it, but I digress.  

10 Things to Get Your Teenager to Smile

This has been a wonderful, crummy, joyful, yet, tearful, “terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad” few weeks! 

Buy Yourself some F-king Lilies

As moms, it's important to do small things for ourselves. We need to take care of ourselves before we take care of others.

The Pros and Cons of Choosing Your College Using the Hat Trick Approach

We have to make many decisions; in fact, research says we make upwards of 35,000 decisions a day. That's 245,000 decisions a week! No wonder our children have a hard time deciding where to go to college.

What I could have said about my son’s grades but didn’t

My son’s first trimester grades came out a few weeks ago. I had not seen the email announcing that grades had been posted, but the minute I walked in the door, I could sense that they had.

I followed My Yellow Brick road and why I want my kids to

Back when  I stepped foot on Syracuse's campus in September of 1986 (yes, I am aging myself) (GO ORANGE!)I had it all planned out. I was going to major in Retail Marketing. Yup, you read that right, Retail Marketing. 
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Grab the Official Guide to Talking About College with Your Teenager

This guide is full of tips and the approach I believe we ALL need when it comes to talking about college as a family. Trust me, when I say I know because I’ve been right where you are, it comes straight from my experiences!