Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond

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Is your teenager stressing over college admittance? Are you? Co-written by a top college admissions dean and a leading pediatrician, this first-of-its-kind book delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college, and building resilience to meet challenges today and in the future. Less Stress, More Success is just what parents and teens need to ...
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Overview


Is your teenager stressing over college admittance? Are you? Co-written by a top college admissions dean and a leading pediatrician, this first-of-its-kind book delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college, and building resilience to meet challenges today and in the future. Less Stress, More Success is just what parents and teens need to thrive during this important rite of passage into adulthood.

For parents…
•  How to encourage true high achievement, rather than perfectionism
•  Important dos and don’ts about the admissions process and how you can most effectively help your child
•  Why and when some forms of  “helping” undermine both self-confidence and chances of admission
•  How to turn deadlines into opportunities to learn time-management and organization skills
•  How you can encourage positive strategies for handling stress and building resilience

For teens…
•  How to evaluate campus culture to find the right fit for you
•  Ways to manage your parents and your friends
•  Tips for the college interview
•  Letting your true, authentic self come through in your paperwork
•  How your body handles stress…and what you can do to feel better and stay healthy
•  Includes a Personalized Stress Management Plan to customize for yourself

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is not your usual college admissions book. Rather, it is a parenting book that deals with a highly stressful period in many families' lives: the college admissions process. Jones (dean of admissions, MIT) considers why this process is so stressful and presents practical tips for parents to guide their teens toward the right college for them, while Ginsburg (pediatrics, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Medicine) speaks to stress management, e.g., the value of free time, building confidence, and avoiding negativity. Most of Ginsburg's strategies are valuable for parents in general, not just parents of collegebound teens. Both authors encourage parents to allow their teens to do the admissions work themselves, emphasizing that this is their initiation into adulthood. Finally, in the last two sections, the authors condense the information from the book and orient it toward teens. Somewhat repetitive, the book is perfect for reading a chapter here and there as needed. Parents of college-bound youth will no doubt find it a valuable resource even before their teens start looking at colleges. Suitable for public libraries. Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581102307
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 413,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilee Jones has more than 25 years' experience in college admissions. She is a frequent speaker on the pressures facing today’s teens. She lives in the Boston area.
 
Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings and But, I’m Almost 13: An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent. He is the father of two children and lives in Philadelphia.
 

Martha M. Jablow has written extensively on parenting as the author of several books and articles.

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Table of Contents

Less Stress, More Success - A New Approach to College Admissions and Beyond

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Dean Marilee Jones: View From the Admissions Office

Chapter 1 My Epiphany
Chapter 2 Parental Behavior and Beliefs
Chapter 3 Why Is the College Admissions Process So Stressful?
Chapter 4 Why Are Kids So Stressed?
Chapter 5 Why Do Parents Act the Way We Do?
Chapter 6 A Better Way to Look at College Admissions
Chapter 7 Dos and Don'ts for Parents in the Admissions Process

Part Two: Dr Ken Ginsburg: What Can Parents Do?

Chapter 8 The Problem With Perfectionism
Chapter 9 Look at Your Child
Chapter 10 Stress and Its Effects
Chapter 11 Fostering Resilience
Chapter 12 Building Competence
Chapter 13 The Value of Free Time
Chapter 14 Changing Thinking Patterns
Chapter 15 Strengthening Confidence
Chapter 16 Connection, Character, and Contribution
Chapter 17 Assuming More Control
Chapter 18 Coping With Stress
Chapter 19 Getting Ready to Leave…and the Year After

Part Three: The Dean of Admissions Talks to Students

Part Four: Just for Teens: A Guide to Managing Stress

Epilogue: Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee

Resources

Index

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