The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World

The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World


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Bragging rights and bumper stickers are some of the social forces fueling today’s parenting behavior—and, as a result, even well-intentioned parents are behaving badly. Many parents don’t know how best to support their teens, especially when everyone around them seems to be frantically tutoring, managing, and helicoptering. The Parent Compass provides guidance on what parents’ roles should be in supporting their teens’ mental health as they traverse the maze of the adolescent years. For anyone daunted by the unique challenge of parenting well in this pressure-laden and uncertain era, The Parent Compass offers:
  • Advice on fostering grit and resilience in your teen 
  • Strategies to help your teen approach life with purpose
  • Guidance on how to preserve your relationship with your teen while navigating a competitive academic environment
  • Clear explanations of your appropriate role in the college admission process
  • Effective ways to approach technology use in your home, and much more!
Using The Parent Compass to navigate the adolescent years will help you parent with confidence and intention, allowing you to forge a trusting, positive relationship with your teen. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641702881
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 181,694
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, MA, is a graduate of Stanford University and has been working in education for the past 25+ years as a former Assistant Director of College Admission, high school teacher, educational consultant, and author of five other education-related books. She speaks professionally to parents, students, teachers, and businesses on topics such as study skills, the adolescent journey, college admission, and now the parent compass movement.

Jenn Curtis, MSW, earned a BA from UCLA and MSW from USC and is an educational consultant and professional speaker. As owner of FutureWise Consulting, she has worked with hundreds of students on every aspect of the college admission process. She is particularly passionate about empowering teens to approach life with intention and educating parents about using their parent compass. 

Table of Contents

Foreword: Dr. Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford University and Co-Founder of Challenge Success i

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How to Use Your Parent Compass 7

Chapter 2 Take a Trip Down Memory Lane 23

Chapter 3 Praise the Journey, Not the Destination 35

Chapter 4 Help Your Teen Pursue Interests and Purpose 47

Chapter 5 Navigate Life after 3:00 PM 71

Chapter 6 Tackle Technology with Intention, Not in Tension 91

Chapter 7 Teach Your Teen to Use Goals 109

Chapter 8 Instill the Idea That School Is a Job 119

Chapter 9 Avoid Rankings and Watch Your Mouth 133

Chapter 10 Behave during the College Application Journey 145

Chapter 11 Recognize Most Things Are Not Catastrophic 159

Chapter 12 Be Open to Alternative Routes 169

Conclusion: Will You Embrace Your Parent Compass? 181

Acknowledgments 185

Appendix: Resources for Parents 189

Notes 197

Index 209

About the Co-Authors 215

About Familius 218


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