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The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions is out

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  • WordWorldWordWorld 367 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 377 Member
    H's actions after an EA denial last December made a very amusing Neurotic blog entry. Probably too late to make the book, it would have been amusing to have the temper tantrum captured for posterity (and he is STILL ****ed 3 months later, BTW).
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  • kindernykinderny 1381 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,385 Senior Member
    Is it really neurotic if we are right? ;)

    (And BefuddledP- what the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve. I bet your S thought you were psychic in knowing about those deadlines, right?)
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  • thumper1thumper1 73017 replies3179 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,196 Senior Member
    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.

    Don't be so sure he doesn't know. On MY email (and on several others I know about)....when the email has NOT been read, it is listed in boldface type. Once it has been opened...and marked unread...it no longer is in bold. He probably knows that.

    Just adding to your neuroticness:)
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  • ohiobassmomohiobassmom 1384 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,401 Senior Member
    With gmail when you read it then mark it unread, it reverts to bold. Don't ask me how i know that ;)
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  • kindernykinderny 1381 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,385 Senior Member
    On my email it reverts to bold also. ;)
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  • SlitheyToveSlitheyTove 6187 replies161 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,348 Senior Member
    I am an APGAR tutor. If anyone needs my services, I charge $500 per hour.

    I am torn between saying that a) I'll charge a mere $350 an hour, and b) I offer a premiere service for a comprehensive fee of $5000 that comes with a custom hand-knit blanket and connections to the pediatrician of your choice.
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  • WordWorldWordWorld 367 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 377 Member
    This could be a new service offered by doulas, delivery and APGAR improvement!
    And Slithey, I don't know about the pediatrician, but if you can get juniorWord into a premiere preschool, I might be a buyer!
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  • ohiobassmomohiobassmom 1384 replies17 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,401 Senior Member
    I just ordered a copy, best price I found was on ebay ($14, free shipping), link if anyone else would like it: The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, (9780983459415) | eBay
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  • sevmomsevmom 8288 replies50 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,338 Senior Member
    I'm reading it now and it is really funny so far.
    Just read the section on College Confidential. Regular posters like Sligh_Anarchist and a few others appear in reference to a thread about a kid who listed "clam fart" as an EC on his Yale application. I 'm going to finish the book and then pass it on to my SIL who has a 10th grader and will be going through all the college application stuff soon(of course though they're already thinking about and visiting campuses in true CC fashion). Good job, neurotic parent!
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  • garlandgarland 15868 replies197 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16,065 Senior Member
    Compmom--really? Hmm, I dunno, I think that pricey tutors are not the way to go. Self-study worked fine for us. if your kid really isn't motivated, it's just money down the drain. And then what happens when they're on their own? Like, in nursery school--is all that Apgar tutoring going to help then, or will you end up paying for a waiting-your-turn tutor, a blocks tutor, etc etc. I mean, where does it end????

    SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!

    But sure, do what you think is best.......
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  • kindernykinderny 1381 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,385 Senior Member
    But sure, do what you think is best.......

    Even if the more discerning, and may I say, discriminating CCers know this is misguided at best. What's next? Taking up the digideroo just to impress the ad coms (like the triplets right?)
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  • merlinmerlin 279 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    I think I've just discovered a wonderful baby shower gift!
    Perhaps with a small plastic helicopter enclosed?
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  • garlandgarland 15868 replies197 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16,065 Senior Member
    oh, kinderny, where would you get an idea like that.......?
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  • VAMom2015VAMom2015 1334 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,348 Senior Member
    Love this thread.

    If you haven't read the "clam fart" thread you need to search for it here on cc. It's hilarious!!! I need to get this book!
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  • sryrstresssryrstress 2504 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,513 Senior Member
    I am questioning the validity of D's APGARs. She rec'd a 9 on the 1st sitting, a 10 on the second. She also had the cord wrapped twice, needed oxygen and was born with congenital defects and no hip. Do you think this hospital practices APGAR inflation?

    As to checking the StudentCard, that is definitely not an original idea. I did it myself from Aug-Thanksgiving 2007. It works very well, no one is the wiser, and it has the related health benefit of reducing blood pressure. If only I'd known about that "re-bolding" on the email thing :) This could have all been avoided if only he had texted me he was alive a little more often.

    I am happy to report I have completed the program for Advanced Letting Go and I will have none of this paranoia when D (kid 3) goes to college. I can now check cell phone records online anyway. I have started the parental fowling the nest so that I am sure she is ready to leave. :)
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