Parenting Kids in College: Time to Let Go

When you have toddlers, tweens or even teens, it’s hard to imagine a day when you won’t have ’em underfoot. From meals to cleanup, clothes to the daily grind of parenting, lots of exhausted parents forget that there’ll come a day – hopefully! – when your little minions have jumped ship and are on their own adult adventures. The starting point for about 70% of today’s kids is college and while the helicopter parent generation…Read More

Summer with College Kids is Quite Different!

Ah, I remember heading off to college after my high school graduation. That summer I continued my job at the local hardware store, working basically full time and earning some good money to help pay for my college expenses. Indeed, my boss offered that if I deferred college they’d put me on the fast track to management in the organization, a pretty nice offer for a punk 18yo. But I stayed my course and headed…Read More

Road Trip Journal: 2019 Nissan Murano, 2200 miles

Hard to believe it’s only been a week since we returned, but last week at this time my son and I were on the last leg of our epic road trip to bring him home from his freshman year at beautiful Pitzer College in Claremont, California. We live in Boulder, Colorado, so that’s almost exactly 1000 miles away. The route goes through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, then through Utah, a little corner of Arizona, Nevada…Read More

College Year One: It’s In The Bag!

This is a significant week in my son’s life: Finals week at Pitzer College, where he’s just finishing up his first year of college. Kismet was on his side schedule-wise; all of his classes had final papers, not actual final exams, so we got him a week early and he’s already home. Moved out. Done with Pitzer for the year. And I couldn’t be more proud of him! Here’s the depressing reality: College is becoming…Read More

What To Expect When You Head to College Parent Weekend

I’ve had kids in college for a couple of years now and have visited them on a number of different campuses. Prior to that I attended three colleges (yup, three degrees) and have lectured at more than a dozen other colleges. Suffice to say, I’m reasonably familiar with the world of higher education, even if it’s been a while since I attended class. As a parent, the experience of attending college becomes an adventure balanced…Read More

Our Pitzer College Dorm Move-In Adventure!

There are few milestones in a young person’s life greater than the huge adventure of moving out of the family home and heading to college. Life in the dorms can be sheer chaos and bewildering for some teens but for others it’s a great new world, a chance to find their own sleep schedule, eating preferences and lifestyle. Parties, lots of friends waiting to connect and yes, love interests. It’s a potent mix and it’s…Read More

Our Weekend in Claremont, California, The City of Trees

It’s been quite a journey getting down the road of childhood and parenting to the point where my son was ready to go to college and was accepted both. He did great and was accepted into Pitzer College, part of the Claremont Colleges, in Claremont, California. Pitzer has a 13% acceptance rate, so it really is a testament to his efforts over the last few years that he made it. I’ll write about Pitzer and…Read More

All Change Please: High School, College, College

This month brings change with my children in a completely unprecedented manner: My oldest daughter will be starting up at Denver University (she transferred from Colorado State University, Fort Collins at the end of last school year), my son is starting college at Pitzer, far off in Southern California, and the youngest is heading to high school just a few miles from home. There’s a story in each of their journeys, of course, but what’s…Read More

Surviving College Kids Home for the Summer

In a few weeks I will have two college age children return home with the intention of spending the summer under my roof. But living away from home changes your lifestyle, habits and expectations, so I don’t expect to recapture the halcyon days of them being the children they were years ago. Heck, they’ll both have cars and the freedom to jump in the vehicle and drive away on an adventure any time they’d like….Read More

Our College Visit to Chapman University

Last week my son G- and I had a quick trip out to the Los Angeles area, just the two of us. He wanted to visit one of the colleges on his short list that had already sent him an acceptance letter: Chapman University. Located in historic old Orange, California, it’s about ten minutes due east from Disneyland but feels a thousand miles away. He’d already seen another of his choices, Pitzer College, but since…Read More

Surviving the Now-Mandatory Colorado SAT

Did you know that the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is about to become the state-administrated exam for all high-school age students in Colorado? As recently as last year it was the ACT that students anxiously prepared for, but as of April of this year, 2017, it’s the SAT. Of course, colleges can decide which they’d prefer and students can take the ACT instead – or probably, in addition – if they want, but Colorado has chosen…Read More

CU Volleyball: Great Game, Crummy Sportsmanship

Spent the afternoon at the University of Colorado, Boulder‘s lovely Coors Event Center watching NCAA women’s volleyball, CU against the Arizona Wildcats, the first PAC12 win for the women’s team this season. Way to go, buffs! The game was great fun, exciting, and boy can they play! There were some amazing spikes and recoveries, dives, backwards runs to get the ball way, way out of court and bring it back into play. Really great volleyball…Read More

Life Doesn’t Have Trigger Warnings…

I’ve been reading about so-called trigger warnings for a year or two now, but have been in denial about their existence on college campuses and throughout academia. Unfortunately, they’re real. Before most professors now talk about anything graphic or potentially upsetting to a student, they warn the students that the topic will include certain “trigger” topics and then let the students have a moment or two to opt out and leave the lecture hall rather than participate…Read More

Off to College with a New MacBook Pro!

It’s possible I’ll now be up for a Father of the Year award based on the truly ecstatic reaction my 19yo daughter A- had yesterday when we met at the Apple Store and I bought her a brand new MacBook Pro for her college adventure. I know that there are plenty of my friends who now seek to be adopted so they too can enjoy the largesse of my apparent generosity! 🙂 What they don’t…Read More

My Oldest is Heading to College in 4 Days and…

It’s a bit hard for me to wrap my head around the concept, but the truth is staring me in the face, the calendar doesn’t lie and my oldest, A-, is heading off for college on Monday, a college that’s almost 1000 miles away from home. It’s been quite a journey for all of us to get here and in many ways she has borne the brunt of my divorce and the subsequent decade of living a…Read More