How to Fail Gracefully

11.06.2014

How often do we find ourselves telling a someone, “you have to be patient.”

This may in the context of waiting in line, waiting for Christmas, waiting for a server, or waiting for love.

Notice how often times patience is related to “waiting,” – basically for something to happen?

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Celebrating Right Now!

11.03.2014

Let me be frank, I have a hard time generating a blog post with some sense of regularity, so when I heard about NaBloPoMo last month I thought that was a great idea to get me focused on blogging.

 

Well, fast forward (and Fall Forward), I’ve missed 2 days of blog post 🙁  but it’s the 1st weekday, so perhaps I will be modifying my expectations, and do what I can 🙂

 

I first ran into this news story over the weekend about a college basketball player, Lauren Hill who was dying. Despite her failing health and side effects to medications, her wish was to play in a college basketball game. Not only did the school work with the NCAA to move up the game 2 weeks to play their first game, but they also got her on to the court as a starter, and she was able to score on her first shot attempt for her team’s first points of the game.

 

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Bags Are Packed, but is Everyone Ready (for college)?

08.08.2014

My mom sobbed quietly for most of the four hour trip that hot August day many years ago. As their firstborn, as well as the first in the family to attend college, this was a new experience for everyone. There was very little that my parents could provide in terms of what to do, or what not to do, as they delivered me with most all of my belongings to the small college I would be attending five hours away from home.

 

Luckily I managed to be successful without any damaging scars. The voyage to college has changed over the years for many students and families. Oftentimes roommates have the whole summer to get to know one another via social media, Facetime, Skype, etc. Some schools have elaborate “camp like” 1st year orientations, or other mini orientations throughout the summer to get students acclimated to the college living experience.

 

While counseling, therapy, or mental health services continue to be a stigma in society, the truth is there are a staggering number of students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability, had many years of counseling, may have been on psychiatric medications, or have overcome various life obstacles who are or will be attending college. On some campuses, supports and services are easily accessible, while others may be more laborious. As a parent helping their student transition to college, you may need to help them navigate who or where to seek out help (you may also need to remind them to advocate for themselves since mom and dad will not be able to keep tabs so easily).

 

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