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“Senioritis” and What To Do About It

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” – Paul B. Jamison. The head of the Northern New Jersey high school my son attended years ago was a wise and witty woman. I well remember how she warned parents of what to expect when “senioritis” would eventually hit

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College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

College Freshmen Home for Thanksgiving

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”– Oscar Wilde. It’s yet another rite of passage for college freshmen. For some, it is the first time they will be home since they left for college in August. For others, it is the first time

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The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

The Move to College as “Group Therapy”

“It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…” -Brock Thoene. Years ago, I sat in a graduate psychology class on family systems therapy. The first day, our professor asked us to reflect on our families of origin, and introduce ourselves

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College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

College Family Weekends: Forever Jung

“Growing up is a process, not an event.” -Paul B. Jamison. It was one of those crisp, breezy October Saturdays in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, with the leaves just beginning to sport a bit of gold and copper under a cloudless cobalt sky. It was Family

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Accepting the Empty Nest

Accepting the Empty Nest

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” -Raymond Lindquist. A few years back, I read a thought-provoking article in The New York Times by parenting expert Madeleine Levine, entitled “After the Children Have Grown.”  Since it is that time of year again, when parents are sending their

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Empty Nester? Get a Gig–with a New Attitude

An update of last year’s popular post. We Baby Boomers, the intensity generation, have hurled our hearts and souls into every life chapter. As the first generation to choose when to become parents, we became passionate parents, elevating parenting to the apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy, playing Mozart

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High School Graduation versus College Commencement

At a lunch with “mom friends” from my son’s former high school, a mother of both a college grad and high school senior asked if I would write a blog post about the differences between the two rites of passage of high school and college commencement. I

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A College Consultant’s “Words to Live By”

As a longtime fan of QuoteGarden, ThinkExist, and BrainyQuote, and a recent convert to Pinterest, I could definitely be called a quotation junkie. I love discovering a clever, pithy line that articulates a fresh insight or ancient nugget of wisdom, pointing out irony and offering hope. In

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Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents

Three years ago, not long after starting my college admissions consultancy, Position U 4 College LLC, I decided to write a blog to help parents guide their adolescents in the journey from high school to college. I hoped to offer more than “how-to” advice on the application

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A College Consultant’s Grown-Up Christmas List

Amy Grant’s touching rendition of Grown-Up Christmas List was omnipresent on the radio this season. I welcomed it, far more than the slaphappy holiday fare that glosses over the complex lives we all lead, textured with joy and pain, gain and loss, peace laced with worry and

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