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The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions is out

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  • SlitheyToveSlitheyTove 6187 replies161 threads 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 threads 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 threads 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 8477 replies57 threads 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 16121 replies201 threads 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 threads 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 threads 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 16121 replies201 threads Senior Member
    oh, kinderny, where would you get an idea like that.......?
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  • VAMom2015VAMom2015 1334 replies14 threads 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 2554 replies9 threads 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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  • kindernykinderny 1381 replies4 threads Senior Member
    garland wrote:
    oh, kinderny, where would you get an idea like that.......?

    From the most useful (of all time) thread on CC, of course. You all saved me so much time in the college app season.
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  • garlandgarland 16121 replies201 threads Senior Member
    :) (10 char)
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  • shoot4moonshoot4moon 1102 replies178 threads Senior Member
    At orientation, they told us about a webcam that was on a popular "crossing spot" on campus. One parent had confessed to the guide that she would habitually have coffee at the time that her son crossed that spot on his way to class - she said it gave her some relief that he was both (a) clothed and (b) going to class.
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  • PizzagirlPizzagirl 40174 replies320 threads Senior Member
    It's amazing how our parents got by with the weekly-after-11-pm-when-the-rates-went-down phone calls!
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  • garlandgarland 16121 replies201 threads Senior Member
    ^Mine were Sunday afternoon in the phone booth down the hall. But, yeah.
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  • SlitheyToveSlitheyTove 6187 replies161 threads Senior Member
    Started reading it, brought it to work to show a friend who's got a college frosh D. I started LOL-ing with the epigram on the first page:
    Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
    --William Butler Yeats
    ~
    In certain cases, arson is justifiable.
    --The Neurotic Parent

    Agree entirely with the comment that it's like the Preppy Handbook in layout. Which I like very much.
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  • anothercollegemomanothercollegemom 194 replies11 threads Junior Member
    THANKS much for the tip about the "clam fart" thread. That was just the greatest.
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  • neuroticparentneuroticparent 672 replies12 threads Member
    Wow - I'm overwhelmed by your kind words...and the excellent suggestions for new material. (I've already organized a lobbying group to help stop APGAR inflation.) Thanks so much for your support and I hope to meet some of you at one of our neurotic events.
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  • VAMom2015VAMom2015 1334 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Glad to suggest finding clam fart thread. I read it last year while awaiting college acceptances for DS, it was a wonderful distraction.

    neuroticparent--you mean cc folks have lives outside of this forum and actually go to real events? ;)
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  • performersmomperformersmom 2085 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Isn't it illegal to discriminate against applicants with low Apgar scores? Especially if they are URMs'?

    (just had to add this - wink)
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