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The New Decade Edition

Hello fellow parents, and welcome. As a mid-winter pick-me-up: Freebies!

 Enter here to win a FREE CONSULTATION WITH ME and free copies of College Admissions Cracked for yourself or a friend.

As another pick-me-up, the beginning of a new decade provides an opportunity to celebrate your parenting successes. If your child has grown a few inches since 2010 and is preparing to apply to colleges, you’ve done something right. Why not take a moment to applaud ourselves for the obvious? Cheers to you!


I have a couple of author talks coming up soon. If you’re in the area, please come join me. I’d love to meet you in person and answer your questions!

How to Survive the College Admissions Process
Sunday, January 26, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Community Room, Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon
Princeton, NJ
Learn more here
Register here

An Interview and Discussion with Jill Margaret Shulman
Moderated by Cheryl Brause
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00PM
Mamaroneck High School Boston Post Rd Building, Tiered Classroom 
1000 West Boston Post Rd
Mamaroneck, NY
Register here

Also, you might find this round-up of advice helpful, offering Tips For Parents: Ways to Let Go of Determining Your Child’s Success from me and other experts. 


Your high school junior may be feeling the pressure of “Tag, you’re it.”

You might be feeling it too because It’s go time. Your main job is to stay calm regardless of how much anxiety radiates from your child or other parents. You’ll hear that some other family is doing some other thing to get their teenager into college, and you may think you are behind.

You are not behind. You are right where you should be.

There’s no objective timeline you’re supposed to be on. I laid out month-by-month guidelines in College Admissions Cracked, but listen to your kid’s needs, and adjust accordingly.

The majority of seniors feel relief with those applications in.

Fun facts:
1. Scholarship donors will reward good grades with dollars.
2. Many colleges will accept AP credit (which will save you money and give your child a buffer) if your child scores high enough on her exam in May.

While your child awaits college notifications, your job as the parent of a senior is to remind your child that school still matters. Substantial rewards will come (see fun facts above) if he doesn’t slack off. The handful of seniors who were admitted to their first choice college early decision may be particularly difficult to convince. Keep trying.


Here’s a brilliant time-saving recipe (when everyone’s no longer sick of turkey) for Slow Cooker Turkey Breast AND Gravy. Then serve turkey pot pie on day two by filling a pie crust with the turkey and gravy leftovers and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.

Finally, follow my Facebook page for the periodic jolt of CPR between newsletters.

Warmly (literally because: January),


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