Acceptance Letters: Parents, college and letting go
Hometown — Santa Monica, CA
J.D. Rothman, a former instructor of remedial freshman composition, is an Emmy-winning children's television writer, producer and lyricist. While on an eight-state college tour with her older son, she started the formerly anonymous NeuroticParent.com blog, satirizing the college admissions process. The blog was excerpted in “I'm Going to College, Not You” (St. Martins Press, 2010) and later morphed into the Los Angeles Times bestseller, “The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions.” Rothman and her husband live Santa Monica in their empty nest, where they wait for infrequent texts from their two sons.
Once college applications are completed, students will find themselves in the midst of a lull period, during which high school seniors experience an interminable limbo while still feeling pressure to keep up their grades. So as a parent, what do you do?
December is prime time for college neurosis. Seniors are waiting for early decisions and juniors have just received scores for the SATs they bombed. But if your child is under ten, or better yet, still in utero, you can alleviate a lot of stress by adhering to this handy timeline: