The cost of parenthood

  My family is priceless — literally. And so is yours. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today’s kids cost an average of more than $241,000 — and that only gets you to

Here comes college!

  Over the past couple of weeks there have been an increasing number of Facebook posts from my friends who can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. How they’re about to take their child off

What’s in a curfew?

Do you stay up until the witching hour? By that I mean your teen’s curfew. Or do you go to bed and just assume they’re coming home when you told them to? I’ve done some of both, but am curious if

New-driver eagerness

Do you remember when you first learned to drive? First got your license? And the first time you got the car keys and went somewhere by yourself? I don’t. But it’s been many, many years since all of

Sitting in the pediatrician’s office…

It’s a little awkward sitting in the pediatrician’s office with your 18-year-old. Do you watch the cartoons playing on the waiting room TV? Or let your eyes wander over the Disney or nursery rhyme

An orientation surprise!

My daughter has a condom in her college orientation packet! Is that normal? Granted, you find them in most vending machines on most college campuses these days, but seeing that little package through

Stop the clock!

Make it stop! I feel like my whole world is falling apart and I’d love to know how the rest of you dealt with all of the changes that come when your kids are grown up. I was spoiled. Our oldest lived

Taking back the house

We’re in the process of taking back space — specifically, the bedroom our boys shared for most of their childhood. In the span of a couple of weeks, both of our sons (ages 25 and 22) moved out. It’s