Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

Six things not to say to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts

I was flying home on a small commuter jet with two seats on either side of the aisle. I was by the window. A mother sat next to me and her two sons…


What parents should know about senior year

What parents should know about senior year

“This is the beginning of the end.”  I remember thinking this thought the entire summer before my senior year. I was terrified and did not feel ready…


The tug-of-war between parents and adult children

The tug-of-war between parents and adult children

Being the parent of an adult child is like playing tug-of-war.  As a parent, part of you knows when to set your child free to live their own lives.…


A college freshman’s advice for parents

A college freshman’s advice for parents

Hi, my name is Blake Jefferson. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin.  I grew up in a small, Christian private…


From a college freshman to a high school freshman: 9 solid pieces of advice

The college domino effect started a few years ago in our house. With five kids, we knew it loomed on the horizon since the days when they were little…


A word to parents of college-bound kids

I will be honest—this is a hard one for me to write.  Why? Because it is just a little bit too real life. It is easy to write about seasons past or…


Raising Kids to Leave

The coupon arrived from the bed and bath store saying, “Campus Bound: 20% off your entire purchase.” I looked at mine and wondered who I should give…