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The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions is out

SlitheyToveSlitheyTove Registered User Posts: 6,348 Senior Member
edited April 2012 in Parents Forum
Yay, it's out! Here's an interview: Author J.D. Rothman gives us tips on getting your child into college | 89.3 KPCC

Dying of laughter. All her bloggy goodness, concentrated in one book. From the interview: "One month before birth, move to Daka so your child will have Bangladeshi citizenship." Opening lines from actual essays: "Poverty afflicts billions world-wide, and I'm one of them." And hey, she says "Love Thy Safety." And means it.
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Replies to: The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions is out

  • merlinmerlin Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    Humor is is what gets me through the craziness. Is JD Rothman actually a poster on CC? While sometimes I can hear the the helicopter rotors roaring in the background of my own life, I truly appreciate the wit and wisdom of CC parents. Without it, I would not have understood merit aid, financial aid, and the necessity of of loving one's financial safety, while forgiving myself for my own neurotic need to be certain that all campuses of interest were toured and application deadlines were met--despite the resistance of S2 who preferred playing soccer to traveling to PA to tour that school with great merit aid.

    Humor is so necessary for finding balance; much truth is said in jest.
    I can't wait to read JD Rothman's book.
  • compmomcompmom Registered User Posts: 10,644 Senior Member
    On the blog: "BIRTH - Send APGAR scores to the colleges you will be considering in 17 years."

    I wish I had thought of writing this book/blog, not that I could, but great idea and very funny.
  • alynoralynor Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    I read through a couple of years of neurotic parent blog posts last night. Wonderful! I wish I had found this ages ago.
  • garlandgarland Registered User Posts: 16,065 Senior Member
    My D had terrible apgars! She did better on the retake though! (went from a 3 to a 7). Ya know, breathing just doesn't come naturally for some people--she had to work at it! She did end up going to college, so all that effort paid off in the end.
  • performersmomperformersmom Registered User Posts: 2,116 Senior Member
    did she do test prep? with what program?
    hey could you chance my kid, btw? she had a 6 on her apgars, but the scores were really lopsided... what do Ivies do with that?
    p.s. my next baby got a 7, and it was because I did special exercises and ate a special diet while I was pregnant. I am sure the breastfeeding is going to help- it is supposed to make kids smarter.
  • Gwen FairfaxGwen Fairfax Registered User Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    oh garland! rofl!
  • laticheverlatichever Registered User Posts: 1,522 Senior Member
    I confess to calling around to nursery and elementary schools a few days after my first-born son was born. He's now in college--having attended public schools--and, fortunately, none the worse for the wear of having me as his father.

    You tend to relax as you have more children.

    When our first kid was born, and dropped his pacifier, we'd sterilize it in boiling water.

    For our second child, we'd rinse it in the sink.

    Our third child? We let the dog lick it.
  • performersmomperformersmom Registered User Posts: 2,116 Senior Member
    so which one got into the best college?

    LOL great post and so darn true!
  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    My twins came 9 weeks early, which was really just foreshadowing that they would each go Early Decision one day.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 76,168 Senior Member
    When our first kid was born, and dropped his pacifier, we'd sterilize it in boiling water.

    For our second child, we'd rinse it in the sink.

    I'm impressed. For OUR second child...we didn't even bother rinsing...just wiped it off and handed it back. Maybe THAT's why she didn't like the pacifier:)

    Hilarious quotes...I wish I had seen this sooner. But then I've gotten TONS of laughs from some of the "Neurotic Parent" posts on this forum...sorry!!
  • Pepper03Pepper03 Registered User Posts: 1,439 Senior Member
    I just ordered my copy! Looking forward to reading it.
  • BefuddledParentBefuddledParent Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Sounds like a great book! Now we just need a follow up -- "The Neurotic Parent's Guide to Having Kids in College." S1 was so bad at communication, and I was so nervous about sending him off to a strange place, that I would check the purchases on his college card just to make sure he was still OK. If I could see that he'd purchased a pita at the PitaPit at 12:30 the night before, at least I knew he was still alive and doing well and eating something healthy. I've never confessed this to him, however....
  • WordWorldWordWorld Registered User Posts: 377 Member
    Befuddled, that is a GREAT idea! I'm going to do it for S1, who starts college in the fall. I have already mastered the art of checking his e-mail and then marking the messages as unread so he doesn't know I was snooping. If I did not snoop, he would have missed several important deadlines (he rarely checks e-mail unless I remind him), so I feel justified. Checking his credit card purchases is just one more intrusion he never has to know about...
  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 4,518 Senior Member
    There was a thread on this last week:


    In that thread, it was mentioned her username on CC is neuroticparent
  • compmomcompmom Registered User Posts: 10,644 Senior Member
    I am an APGAR tutor. If anyone needs my services, I charge $500 per hour.
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