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The role of a parent is complicated and tricky. Navigating that role with confidence, trust, and patience is no easy task, and it is full of twists and turns—it's an intricate parenting maze. 

​The Parent Compass offers parents:

  • Advice on fostering grit and resilience and strategies to help teens approach life with purpose

  • Guidance on how to preserve the parent-child relationship while navigating a competitive academic environment

  • Clear expectations of their appropriate role in the college admission process

  • Effective ways to approach technology use in the home, and much more!

Foreword written by Dr. Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford University and Co-founder of Challenge Success






What People Are Saying about The Parent Compass

Launching into the teen years without this book in your hands is like taking to the sea in a boat with no rudder.

An earnest and instructive guide . . . Parents of teens will appreciate the authors' well-reasoned and practical approach.

Kelly Corrigan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Tell Me More

Publisher's Weekly

At a time when parents are bombarded with so much contradictory advice about their children's education that it's a wonder they can even breathe (let alone think), The Parent Compass offers counsel that is wise, calm, comprehensive, and most important of all, well-informed. These are experts you can trust.

Great book for parents or anyone interested in empowering young people. As a co-author of the book Unacceptable, I saw the end result of the cutthroat college admissions process, and just how off track people could get. This is the book that could help many parents from going down that road to begin with. Jenn and Cindy couldn't be better guides—they deliver smart and helpful advice, with a huge dose of empathy. They speak as experts, who have been in the trenches, and as parents, and they deliver lots of great anecdotes that make this a very relatable book. It is never preachy or dry—it's like sitting down with your wisest friend, one who wants the best for you and your kid.

William Deresiewicz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Jennifer Levitz, Co-Author of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal

It's not easy being a teenager and it's not easy being the parent of one, either. This book provides sound advice for parents trying to help navigate their teen's journey through life.

I started reading their book over the weekend, and I'm pretty sure it's my new parent bible.

Midwest Book Review

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Television Morning News Anchor at KCRA/NBC 3 Sacramento and host of Dying to Ask Podcast

It’s hard enough for today’s teens to live in a world where there’s constant pressure from the outside world to knock it out of the park further than everyone else around them, but when parents overstep boundaries by writing their kids' papers, and start speaking for them, and micromanage their lives into the ground, that’s crossing a line. The Parent Compass is a truly necessary resource that helps keep parents in check when the urge strikes to helicopter and bulldoze and interfere in the parts of our teenage kids' lives that should be up to them to manage.

Lisa Sugarman, nationally syndicated columnist, radio show host, speaker, and author of How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be Ok With It

This is the book that every parent needs. The Parent Compass helps us understand how to appropriately engage with our teens and how to parent with more awareness. The pages are brimming with powerful advice about navigating the parenting waters.

Tiffany Shlain, Author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week and Emmy-nominated filmmaker