36902862 - vintage picture style of new smart phone with old telephone on white background. new communication technology.If you read my three-part blog on what I learned from my sons’s college orientation, then you remember I addressed managing expectations. This is exactly what I want to chat about today.  However, for this newsletter, I wanted to focus on just one:

The expectation around communication with your college student.

Please understand that your college student is in a new environment trying to figure out his or her new normal just as we are,

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It’s finally here…Move-in day for your college students!

This is the day your sons and daughters have been looking forward to for years.  You, on the other hand, may dread it and have flashbacks of college orientation.

Although the day may be filled with much anticipation and excitement; it can also bring on feelings of anxiousness and sadness.

Read on to learn nine tips for moving your college students to school.

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Managing our expectations around three key areas can help prevent worry and stress not only for parents but for our kids as well.

Here are the three areas that were discussed at University of Alabama’s parent orientation.

  1. Communication
  2. Money
  3. Academics


  •  What are your expectations for how often you would like to hear from your son or daughter? What is your expectation for how they will communicate with you;

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The common theme that stood out for me while listening to all the speakers from the various university departments:



Have a conversation with your kids before they leave about things that may interest them.  Encourage them to put themselves in positions to meet as many new people as possible.  Encourage them to seek out opportunities to join clubs or organizations that sound interesting.

A great piece of advice offered by my friend’s daughter,

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What Tips I learned at my sons college orientation!

As promised, here is part 1 of a three part series on how parents, can help make their kids college transition less stressful for them as well as for themselves.

(Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive parts 2 & 3)

Remember to join in the conversation in the comment sections below this post.  Your ideas, tips and thoughts are relevant and meaningful.

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High School Graduation brings excitement, however, worry and fear can soon follow.

In just two short weeks my son along with 300+ classmates will be graduating from High School.  Thousands more are graduating from High Schools  around the country.  This is an exciting time for both our kids and for moms.


Many emotions will be bubbling up during this time. For many moms the big three will be:

  • PRIDE: watching as Pomp and Circumstance plays in the background as our sons and daughters get ready to leave the safe and secure home of High School.

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This concept of turning my focus inward has been popping up all around me.  Funny how this happens, huh? You know what I am talking about. One day you decide you will buy a new car, maybe it’s an Toyota Camry.  All of a sudden every car around you is an Toyota Camry.  Now we all know they have always been there, however, now that you open up the possibility or idea of acquiring one,

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