A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

Holiday dinner conversations can get heated, especially if (when!) someone brings up politics. Are you concerned that there may be more than the usual turbulence alongside the turkey this Thanksgiving? We are, so we asked our staff, contributing writers and friends to share advice for keeping the peace. Everyone agreed that it’s a good idea

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Sibling relationships

Sibling relationships

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A child’s departure for college is not only a big adjustment for parents; it means big changes for younger siblings as well. When my oldest son left for college, I wondered how that would affect his two younger brothers and the relationship they had with each other. Like most mothers, it is extremely important to

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“How does your student like college?”

“How does your student like college?”

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When I am out and about in town I often overhear people whose kids have recently started college greet each other with, “How does [your child’s name here] like school?” The response generally is, “She LOVES it!” Now, I understand one might not be inclined to go into personal details while standing on line at the deli

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The send-off to college

The send-off to college

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Now that my older sons are upperclassmen, move-in day is a breeze. Evan, a sophomore, will fly by himself from Colorado to Massachusetts and travel lightly, having left most of his stuff in campus storage. Josh stayed on campus this summer to do research for his senior thesis. But I vividly remember getting ready for that first

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Graduation should be an Olympic event

Graduation should be an Olympic event

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Though the summer Olympics in Rio are still in full swing, the time to start training for next spring’s commencement season is now. If you celebrated a college or graduate school commencement this past year, congratulations both on your student’s achievement and to you for surviving it. If there’s a commencement on the horizon, knowing what

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For stepparents

For stepparents

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I want to allow for a little disclaimer and say that I am not a stepparent and don’t know what it’s like to walk in your shoes. I am divorced, however, and may one day be in the role of stepmom and my kids could one day have a stepmother. So, as I write this

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Trust Me

Trust Me

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There is some part of me that has wanted to be an adult all my life. If not every eighteen-year-old has felt this way, they are likely experiencing it now. I anticipated the summer before freshman year would be trying, as should all parents and students — students are neither children nor full adults and

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Choosing a college major

Choosing a college major

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When it came time for my kids to choose their majors in college I didn’t expect to have input. Although I was somewhat involved in their course selection in high school, I felt that by the time my boys made it to college, figuring out what they wanted to learn would be their concern. My

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I want to take a gap year

I want to take a gap year

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By this point in early summer you’re probably thinking that, as the parent of a newly-graduated high school senior, you’re home free. Your student has committed to a college for the fall and all the stress and indecision of the past year is behind both of you (although who suffered more remains to be seen).

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Last best summer

Last best summer

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I remember the summer between my daughter’s high school graduation and when she headed to college in the fall. The last summer. I was full of heartache, memories, angst and excitement for what lay behind her and what lay ahead. What’s a parent to do? How do you turn this “last” summer into the best

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