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January 04, 2009


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Speaking as a parent who just watched her oldest child finish up college application season, could you also write a comparable letter to colleges?!

It really does start to feel that if your child isn't in fact superhuman they're likely to get in nowhere or end up somewhere that is less challenging than HS (this I have seen happen to other kids from his school).

And my kid has high scores, great grades in a rigorous program, loves to read, is a big-thought thinker, captains a sports team, participates heavily in two other school activities, and participates in his sport year-round through a club...But he hasn't yet cured any forms of cancer or raised a million dollars for the charity he formed as a concerned toddler or...any of the other stories that you seem to hear all the time!

I try to stay out of things as much as possible, but let me tell you it takes everything both his dad and I have in terms of self-control!


Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm not arguing for parents to stay out of their kids academic lives "as much as possible". Far from it, in fact. But I do think that making your kids feel that they need to earn A's to earn your approval is not the right way to be involved.

By the way, the idea of another letter about college admissions is a very good one. I'll have to mull it over for a while and write one. Thanks!

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Dear Andrea,
Never worry about your grade, the thing which we have to look over is, only the subject which we learn, but nor grade, finally only the subject stays with u, but not grades....

And dear parents please don't put a lot of pressure on your children, it may effect their future.

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