My daughter and I have a laughable habit of unintentionally dressing alike. It was her lot in life to have her mother also serving as her high school principal. She could have felt really embarrassed by the many days that the two of us met in the kitchen wearing similar outfits with no time to...
Monday, April 1, 2019
Some words demand our honesty. The word PERFECT, for instance, is something we know, without a shadow of a doubt, does not apply to us. Identifying ourselves, or anyone else for that matter, as perfect, would be a lie. We would also admit there are other near-perfect labels on the continuum we hope...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Blog College Preparation, Leadership, Parents
Big Lessons from Small Mistakes
Parents hope their young adults have already learned major lessons in academic integrity, managing temptation, and setting priorities in the right order. The fact is they are no less human than when they were in middle or high school. When the mistakes happen, what can parents do to keep anger,...
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Modeling Being Human
The good news—and the bad news—is that we are the primary examples for our children. Instinctively though, we know that “monkey see, monkey do” applies to more than just the sweet moments of life. Our children also live in close proximity with our greatest stressors and our most critical conflicts.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Because it's much easier to receive parents' praise than parents' concern, our college students' transparency about their temptations can be limited. It is unusual for a student to admit to Mom and Dad that they are in trouble…with money…with grades…with alcohol…and especially with their...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Me or We?
It’s going to happen any day now…there will be unmistakable signs of spring on campus. The snow will melt, the trees will green up, students will take their studying outdoors, and the campus ROCK will feature two names in a heart to announce another new engagement. I’m not getting any younger but...
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Blog College Preparation, Parents, Students
4 Things Parents Should Know about Paying for College
Paying for college is, quite honestly, the greatest fear for the families we work with in admissions. They understand the value of our integration of faith and learning, the world-class education, but what about the cost?
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Bread or a Stone?
I found myself back in Matthew 7 this week, reminded that the Lord invites us to ask Him for what we need. Verses 7 and 8 say, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Unwrap the Gifts Again
By the time we hit New Years, Christmas is already a fading memory. When we're asked what gifts we received, it may already be hard to recall. However, I would venture to guess that over the years, there are at least a few memorable standouts, like a handmade baby blanket grandma made that is now a...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Blog College Preparation, Parents
4 expectations parents should set with their college student
Now fall semester has begun. With our students, it is easy for hopes to get ahead of plans. While we are busy packing in the last family picnic of the summer, getting the commuter car in shape, or shopping for the dorm room supplies, it is easy to get so busy that we forget to discuss what will...
Monday, August 28, 2017
Blog Alumni, Leadership, Ministry & Missions, Parents
How UNW alum and parenting coach Jim Jackson found his calling
Today Jackson, along with his wife Lynne, leads Connected Families, a Christian-based ministry to parents and churches. They’ve written two books, How to Grow a Connected Family and Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart.
Monday, March 27, 2017
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