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Okay, I'll fess up: my kid wrote several essays and got them all in on time (and relatively painlessly), but the parent essays darned near killed me!
What's the point, anyway? Do they really want to know more about the kid - or are they just trying to find out of the parents are nuts? or is it a combination of the two? And all those little questions - do we really have to answer them? Or can we just grab a blank piece of paper and meander for a while? And what about the schools that don't ask for a parent statement at all: should we volunteer one anyway - or just be grateful and shut up?
For the record - yes, I think my kid is amazing, yes, I do want him to get into school, and, yes, I probably am a little bit nuts. (As far as I'm concerned, any parent who's made it all the way to teenage years and denies having lost a marble or two on the way is probably lying!)
I know that none of you has all the answers, but I'm just curious how the rest of you dealt with this. It's like the parent interview - none of us wants to be the reason our kid didn't get in!
(In the interest of full disclosure, I should state that I posted this query in order to avoid having to write the final two parent statements - which I still haven't started and which have to be in by tomorrow!)