Parent Compass on SmartSocial Podcast

Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guest Kelly Corrigan

Episode 260

Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview interview best-selling author Kelly Corrigan about life, parenting, and the invaluable lessons she's learned along the way. Kelly talks about really listening to our kids and the importance of doing so without the goal of fixing. While it is soothing for us, she says, to solve problems for our kids, it is ten times more soothing to know that they can problem solve for themselves. Truly listening allows parents to get to "the thing behind the thing behind the thing"—what kids are really trying to convey. Kelly tackles the power of saying "no" and reflects on how developing this skill has added so much freedom to her life, and she gets candid about looking back on the way she was raised to inform her own parenting. She delivers her musings, observations, and wisdom with humility, humor, and a great talent for relatability.

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Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guest Ted O'Neill

Episode 257

Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview Ted O'Neill, affectionately known as "guru," "philosopher king," and the "god of admissions." Ted joins Jenn and Cindy to chat about the changes in college admission over the span of his long career and to offer advice for those navigating through it. He gets candid about what changed in the college admission process during his 40-year tenure in admissions at the University of Chicago: what he refers to as a natural growth and an unnatural growth. He discusses how college rankings lists have impacted the college admission process, he offers parenting advice for those trying to navigate the admissions journey, and he gives his perspective on the value of a holistic and personalized admission approach.

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Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guests

Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg

Episode 255

Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jacques Steinberg, NYT bestselling author and former New York Times education journalist. Eric and Jacques discuss their new book, The College Conversation. they urge families to approach the college admission process with an open mind, espousing the value of open lines of communication among family members during the stressful process of applying to college. Their 5 conversations give families the roadmap to approach it with intention, setting appropriate boundaries as they do so.

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Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guest Christine Carter

Episode 251


Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview Christine Carter, author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction. Christine candidly talks about the intersection between her research as a sociologist and her experiences as a parent. She discusses the impacts technology is having on teen mental health, how not to nag, and how to effectively approach drugs and alcohol with teens.

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Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guest Catherine Newman

Episode 246

Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview Catherine Newman, author of How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You're Grown Up. Catherine chats about what gave her the idea to write this essential title, her take on independence and interdependence and why they're both important, and the value of resilience.

Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast with Guests

Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz

Episode 243

Hosts Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview The Wall Street Journal reporters and co-authors of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal, Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. "UNACCEPTABLE is the definitive story of the college admissions scandal that shocked the nation and shattered myths about meritocracy." Levitz and Korn chat about their unprecedented access to the families wrapped up in the scandal, their thoughts on the repercussions, and lessons that all parents can take away from the fallout.

Parent Compass on the Smart Social Podcast

Episode 237

In this episode of Parent Compass on the Podcast, Jenn and Cindy share their thoughts on tutoring (or rather the trend of "over tutoring") and how it relates to self-advocacy. They also discuss the necessity for parents to practice self-examination--to take a good, hard look at why they parent the way that they parent and how their own upbringing might affect their desires for their kids. And lastly, they offer some advice on navigating the admission process during the current global pandemic.

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