Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening

I Miss My Kids When They’re Home For the Holidays

I Miss My Kids When They’re Home For the Holidays

on Nov 21, 2015

. By Becky Blades No mother should be surprised to see very little of her grown children when they come home for summer college breaks and holidays. We learn this quickly the hard way. Our budding adults want to see friends and to try out their new independence on their old playgrounds. We get it, right? We’re ready. I have been surprised to find it’s more...

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10 Messages All Sports Should Leave With Us

10 Messages All Sports Should Leave With Us

on Nov 1, 2015

. by Becky Blades My hometown baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, surprised everyone last year when after decades of disappointing seasons, they made it all the way to the 7th game of the World Series. It was the kind of Cinderella story we love talking about with our kids and neighbors. This year, the Royals came back to write the next chapter – to take their...

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College Applications: 3 Top Things to Remember

College Applications: 3 Top Things to Remember

on Oct 19, 2015

. . My daughter did not do her laundry or help much around the house her senior year of high school, but I have to say, she aced the college application process. She enjoyed it, and she got into her dream schools. Then as a college student, she worked in the college admissions office and got more insights into the application process. Though I would not enlist her...

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Note to Self: Keep Believing

Note to Self: Keep Believing

on Oct 12, 2015

Even though they are now 20 and 22, I encourage my little girls to believe in the Tooth Fairy, and anything else that makes their lives more magical. I’m not worried about it messing with their grasp on reality. Life will dish out enough reality. But life, particularly in the launching years, can be woefully short on affirming reminders. That’s why, I believe,...

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How to NOT talk money with nearly grown kids

How to NOT talk money with nearly grown kids

on Aug 30, 2015

My kids hate talking about money. Or maybe they just hate talking about it with me. And I hate talking with them when money is a problem. (And isn’t it always with young people?) Mostly, I hate any conversation that has actual numbers in it. But I love my kids, and I know that life is SO MUCH EASIER when money is well managed and in perspective. So here are a...

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Taking the Terror Out of College Laundry

Taking the Terror Out of College Laundry

on Aug 17, 2015

It’s happening. All over the country, families are moving young people to college. Tens of thousands of bright-eyed 18-year-olds are leaving homes where loving eyes were upon them daily, and where people express that love in the most important ways – by telling them when they smell, and by occasionally doing their laundry for them. They are moving to places...

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25 Things To Tell Teens in August

25 Things To Tell Teens in August

on Aug 11, 2015

Summers turn on us. Over twenty years of raising children, the waning days of summer have come to create in me an irritating state of mind, a free-floating anxiety and guilt. That back-to-school, so-much-to-do, what-am-I-forgetting switch flips on in August. It was about this time every summer when my daughters were in grade school that I started feeling nervous...

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10 Things My Mother Was Right About

10 Things My Mother Was Right About

on Aug 9, 2015

Your daughter may not be ready to say this, but we found one who is. Enjoy these sweet words from a smart college senior. And easy with the ‘I told you so’s.’ You’re still a role model. By Maria Davison For the last few years, my sisters and I have found ourselves spread out across the country. My older sister just recently started her first...

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17 Truths and Tips for Friendships After 17

17 Truths and Tips for Friendships After 17

on Aug 3, 2015

It has been said that difference between the person you are today and the person you will be years from now will determined by the people you spend your time with. It’s irrefutable. Friends matter.

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13 Things To Take to Your New Job

13 Things To Take to Your New Job

on Jul 28, 2015

My newly graduated daughter is starting a new job soon, and I’m trying to learn the protocol. What, I wonder, is MY ROLE in this exciting milestone? It didn’t come in the rule book, and the mommy bloggers are unusually silent on the topic. Evidently, there is no “take your mom to work day” in America. (Who do I talk to about this?) It’s almost as if someone thinks...

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