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20 Pieces of Advice for Every Twentysomething in the 2020s – Parents Article

A new year and a new decade get people thinking a lot about age, time, and life experiences. We reflect back upon our earlier life decisions and behaviors, and we set intentions for our future. And as parents of teens and young adults, we often struggle with walking that razor-thin line between over-offering advice and sitting back and watching our kids make their own mistakes.My own two kids have both now entered their twenties, a decade in life that presents…

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5 Things to Know Before Your College Student Comes Home for the Holidays – Parents Article

Whether it happens over fall break, Thanksgiving weekend or winter vacation, your college student will be returning home – a place that is familiar and often a place of refuge where they can let go and just be themselves. Your teen is looking forward to relaxing, sleeping in their own bed, eating non-cafeteria food, and unwinding from the academic and social pressures of college.New college parents envision a “running toward each other with open arms” welcoming home scenario with their…

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Five Practical Strategies for Homesick College Students – Parents Article

A home away from home. This is really what college is, right? It’s your new home away from the only home you’ve ever known. Everything you are suddenly coming to know is new. New city. New state. New surroundings. New weather. New people. Even new foods and a new bed.You are in the midst of a transition. The once familiar is now the unfamiliar. The comfortable is now the uncomfortable. And, the ordinary is now the unknown. Just by stepping…

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A Love Note to My Father: “Dad, I’m Fine” – Parents Article

Not quite two years ago, our dad succumbed to cancer and passed away. Or, as I like to think about it, he’d written his story and reached the maximum word count. And, did he leave a good story behind for all of us to pick up and reread as necessary? Yes, he did. I keep it within reach. I’m tempted to say “Grief is a journey,” but is there a less original way to characterize the year after a loved…

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Congratulations to You and All the Other Graduates With ADHD – Parents Article

Having a child diagnosed with ADHD is life-changing, and each parent and child will go through their unique journey. For those who struggled through traditional education, this is for you. You’re not alone. If your child has, or is grabbing their diploma, this year, CELEBRATE! It doesn’t have to be about academic awards or achievements. Instead, focus on the way your child made it through a system that is still, today, woefully underprepared to help them. One Mom’s Letter to…

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Building a Bridge for Youth in Foster Care to Higher Education – Foster Parents Article

Building a Bridge for Youth in Foster Care to Higher Education Posted: February 14th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath For the nearly 500 youth who age out of Virginia’ Foster Care system, only 2% of them will graduate with a degree from a four year university. In fact, currently there are only 200 youth, who are in foster care, enrolled at Virginia universities. Research shows that young adults who experienced foster care have worse outcomes than their peers in the…

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See Me: Portraits of Foster Youth Documenting the Higher Ed Grind – Foster Parents Article

by Foster Youth Museum Executive Director, Jamie Lee Evans Unless you come from a long line of college graduates and have lots of support to swim through high school and apply for college, post secondary educational adventures aren’t easy.  Foster youth, in particular, have to grind hard to get into and finish college. The stats that surround them are rough. Too many enter the college marketplace with multiple school changes and lots of disruption during school years among other things.…

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Abused and Neglected Kids Gains Access to Higher Education – Foster Parents Article

30 Aug Under New Law: Abused and Neglected Kids Gains Access to Higher Education   CHICAGO– Today, Governor Rauner signed HB 5122, a bipartisan bill that grants access to higher education for abused and neglected kids in Illinois. The new law means youth in care and former youth in care who graduated from high school will have tuition and fees that exceed the amounts paid to the applicant under the federal Pell Grant Program or the State’s Monetary Award Program…

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A Day Without A Woman; Protesting The Protest – Single Dad, Parents Article

The need for women is no more or less essential than the need for men. Mothers are no more important than fathers. Wives are no more important than husbands. However, I don’t hear any men threatening to stay home to protest the fact that they are much more likely to die or be injured in workplace accidents (because they are more likely to take the dangerous and higher paying jobs). I don’t hear men threatening to stay home because they…

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Diabolical Rantings of a Single Dad: Dale Hansen Hates America – Single Dad, Parents Article

  Guest post by Drew RellimYou may find this surprising, but I hate to write about politics. Discuss it? Yes. Give my opinion and let people know what I believe and why? Sure. But I do not like discussing and opining on things that are tough to talk about. I write for a college sports blog because it is an escape from how hard life can be for everyone. During the fall, I can have the roughest week in the…

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