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Empty Nest

  • Money Management 101 for College Kids

    I graduated high school with a ton of bad advice on establishing a credit rating and almost no concept of financial planning beyond “How to Operate a Savings Account.” I don’t want my kids to do that.

  • Only Eighteen Christmases

    Eighteen gets to be a gut-wrenchingly small number when you realize that’s the number of times you have to make significant memories with your kids.

  • Navigating The Summer Before College

    If your daughter is heading to college next fall, you’re probably in the same place I was last year. It was my daughter’s last summer before college.

  • 9 Reasons I Love Having Adult Children

    rather than dwell on the growing pains of change in our relationship, I prefer to celebrate the positive side of being a parent to my adult kids. And there are so many reasons why…

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    7 Ways I’m Preparing for an Empty Nest

    Before the kids have moved out completely, I’ve decided to try to start preparing for an empty nest – when it’s just my husband and me at home.

  • I’m Not Ready for an Empty Nest

    The great big book of parenting (which none of us actually receives) never warned me of the absolute fear I would have of an empty nest.

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    How I Failed to Ruin my Son

    Jonathan, my middle child, graduated from high school this month. Like millions of moms this graduation season, I wiped the


The Internet People My Parents Warned Me About

Some of my best friends are people I’ve never met. I don’t mean that in a “strangers are just friends you haven’t made yet” sort of way. They’re from the internet.

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