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 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
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.
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.
Midwest Book Review
Tiffany Shlain, Author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week and Emmy-nominated filmmaker
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
Superbly researched with anecdotes that bring parent etiquette to life—a phrase that I just love! Fair warning, expect to have your hands metaphorically "slapped" now and again as it is a necessary part of learning how to best support our teens. Fortunately, this is done in kindness with the insights of how to do better for the overall well-being of your teenager. Follow their advice and you will have a healthy teenager; better yet, ten years from now you'll have a healthy and contributing young adult.