It’s Gonna Be a Long _____ Year. . .

09.08.2014

What word would you use to fill in the blank in the title of today’s post? With two more games to play tonight, week 1 of the new NFL season is almost over. If you’re a college football fan, it’s been two games; either your team is whooping on teams they should beat, or there’s been heartache, or close calls. Many pundits and fans will predict doomsday events for their beloved team today, while others will always remain hopeful that things will turn around.

 

If you’re a student or a parent of a child in the South, most likely your child has hit the 1/4 way point for the 1st quarter, if one’s in high school, about the 1/8th of the way through the first semester. If your student has only been in school for a day or a week or two, then there’s certainly no need to worry.

 

While many can try to make predictions for the year (season) based on limited data, we owe it to our children to Read the rest of this entry »

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).

 

Here are some suggestions for parents to consider as their child is transitioning to college: Read the rest of this entry »

Dancing Along and Stepping on Toes

03.17.2014

Immediately after my 8th grade graduation, my school arranged a little party for the graduates, more specifically a dance. A dance that included slow dancing. It escapes me if I knew about the slow dancing part, but up until that time I had never been exposed to slow dancing. There was a time I went to a Bar Mitzvah in 5th grade, but there wasn’t much of any dancing.   Thank goodness for my classmate who ended up being my first dance partner. She was a sweetheart about my first dance, and didn’t mind me mashing her toes up a bit. It certainly took some time to figure out the footwork of swaying back and forth and not obsessively staring at one’s feet. By the end of our brief 8th grade graduation dance, I felt accomplished in my academics, as well as knowing the basics of dance.   I’m not sure if I ever got better at dancing, despite drop-in ballroom dance classes, learning choreography for various musicals, or participating in Zumba. There have certainly been many times where toes were mashed, flying elbows hit someone in the head, or general collisions occurred with other dance partners. You would think I would have given up on dance, but it’s still an enjoyable activity, and I am still trying to figure it all out.   Before I ever listened to a country song, a good friend shared some lyrics with me:

Life’s a dance you learn as you go Read the rest of this entry »