It’s all about managing expectations, yours and theirs.



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Declare to the world that you are a Mom Who Dares.  A mom who dares to do something new for herself.

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Are You a Mom Who Dares?

This is the question I’ve found myself asking for the past month.  It was bothering me because I thought I was certain and clear on exactly who a Mom Who Dares was and what its was she dared to do – DREAM AND DARE!

Although I still believe she’s someone who dares to dream again, there was an uncertainty nagging at me which I kept pushing away.  

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Setting expectations.

It seems to be a common theme presenting itself to me over and over again as I navigate the newness of the empty nest.

Recently, I shared a very private but relevant story about how setting expectations with my son prior to parents’ weekend may have prevented me from experiencing hurt feelings. It may have also prevented my son from feeling badly when I shared with him the disappointment and hurt that had been caused by what seemed to be his lack of paying attention during the weekend at his university.

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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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