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The Parent Compass: How to Help Your Teens Navigate Their Own Success

The Parent Compass co-authors join Maria Sansone to offer tips on navigating the teen years.

The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World was born out of the ‘Varsity Blues’ college scandal. It was written by college counselors Jenn Curtis, MSW, and Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, MA, who wanted to give parents a guide to navigate the teen years and college process, without taking competition too far. 

Praise the Journey, Not the Destination with Jenn Curtis

The journey is where we all learn to do hard things. We make mistakes, experience successes (and failures), develop resilience, practice growth mindset and build self-confidence. As parents, if we focus on the destination — winning the race, acing the SATs or getting into the “right” college — our children miss out on all those experiences that serve as the building blocks to social emotional growth. In this podcast episode, we sat down with Jenn Curtis, MSW, co-author of The Parent Compass, to learn strategies that you can use to support your child on their journey towards self-advocacy, acceptance and exploration. Listen now!


The Parent Compass with Cynthia C. Muchnick and The Boarding School Survival Guide with Justin Muchnick

Zibby is joined by mother-son duo Cindy C. Muchnick and Justin Muchnick to talk about their respective books, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World and The Boarding School Survival Guide. Zibby sought Justin's book when her own son went off to boarding school, as it features personal accounts from twenty-six students about what they wished they had known before enrolling. Cindy's book serves as a nice companion for parents learning how to be supportive without over-managing their children.


Dad Time Out Show Conversations: Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis authors of The Parent Compass

In the latest episode in the"Dad Time Out Conversations" series, we are both thrilled and excited to be speaking with Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, the authors of the fantastic book: "The Parent Compass" - Navigating Your Teens Wellness and Academic Journey In Today's Competitive World.


In today's show, we'll be speaking not only about this phenomenal parenting book but we'll also discuss a wide array of the topics covered inside it, including parental self-assessment, goal setting, how to take on procrastination with teens, establishing a growth mindset with kids and much more. Cynthia and Jenn were even gracious enough to take some bonus questions from our dads as well!


So please join us as we attempt to find our "Parent Compass" during this special episode of The Dad Time Out Show Conversations.

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Thoughts From a Page

Together with host Cindy Burnett, the co-authors discuss The Parent Compass, creating a toolbox for parenting teens, guiding teens through the tough years, the process they used to write together and which chapter was difficult to create, the Varsity Blues scandal, how the pandemic altered the college admission process, and much more.

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Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan


Dr. Dan interviews educational consultants, podcast hosts, and authors Cynthia C. Muchnick, M.A. & Jenn Curtis, M.S.W. today about their show and their book The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World.


Dr. Dan discusses how parents can best -- and appropriately -- support their kids in our hyper-competitive and uncertain landscape with Cynthia and Jenn.


The Parent Compass concept challenges the notion that "success" is based on getting into a "name brand" college or being at the top of one's class -- instead it proposes that success can mean many things:  living a life with purpose, attending a “right fit” college, being able to self-advocate, and embracing mistakes.  When we let our kids use their own voices, build resilience, and practice independence, we give them the path to a lifetime of real success.

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Dad Up Podcast

Episode 30


The show for dads about dads being dads. On this episode, authors Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis chat about their new book The Parent Compass and share their hints for dads (and all parents) to connect with their teens during a challenging stage.

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Fearlessly Facing 50

Episode 116


Navigating our teens comes with some unexpected waves and currents.  Today my guests, Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis have authored a book to help you calm the currents and steady the waves.  They are the co-authors of: The Parent Compass

Many parents don't know how best to support their teens, especially when everyone around them seems to be frantically tutoring, managing, and helicoptering. So tune in to this episode to get answers and strategies to some of the most challenging times as parents.

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Talking to Teens

Episode 143


Let’s be honest–the pressure of the college application process is enough to drive anyone crazy. Both you and your kids might find yourselves losing sleep and shedding tears over the endless rampage of SAT scores, personal essays and scholarship applications. It’s so intense that celebrities are willing to bribe schools and admissions officers with thousands of dollars just to get their kid’s feet in the door!

Although you just want the best for your kid, it’s easy to get caught up in the competition of it all and become another expectant force breathing down their necks. You might find yourself so obsessed with whether or not they get in that you forget to notice all the hard work and character growth they’ve exhibited throughout the process.To understand how we can guide kids through college apps and other teenage chaos, we’re sitting down with educational consultants Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick and Jenn Curtis.

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Mighty Parenting with Sandy Fowler


Parenting teenagers is quite different from parenting toddlers and young children. We want our teens to have a successful academic journey, to be happy and healthy. Yet, many parenting practices prevent that. In fact, they can stress our teens out and push them toward anxiety. And in an effort to see our kids on the road to success, even well-intentioned parents are behaving badly and exacerbating the problems teens are facing. Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis know this. They are veteran education consultants, experts in the college admissions process, and mothers who provide a roadmap for parents during the pressure-laden teen years. Today they share their expertise with Mighty Parenting podcast host Sandy Fowler.

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The Process on Sirius XM Radio Ch. 109


Hosts Eric Furda, former Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Eileen Feikens, Dean of College Counseling at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey welcome Jenn and Cindy to "The Process" to discuss parenting in the age of a hypercompetitive academic environment. Cindy and Jenn offer practical tips on supporting teens through these sensitive years, particularly during the college admission process.

The Love Doctor Is In With Dr. Terri Orbuch on Empower Radio


Teens today are stressed out, sleep-deprived, and over-committed. One of the biggest stressors for teens and their parents is preserving their relationship while navigating a competitive academic environment. Dr.Terri talks to Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick (MA) and Jenn Curtis (MSW), co-authors of the new book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. The Parent Compass provides guidance on what parents' roles should be in supporting their teens' mental health as they traverse the maze of the adolescent years. Muchnick and Curtis discuss how parents can keep their relationship with their teen intact and address topics such as failure, technology/screen time, the importance of family dinner, study skills and more.

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Dying to Ask with Deirdre Fitzpatrick


The relationship between parent and teen has never been more important. The problem is it's now more complicated than ever. That's why Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis wrote The Parent Compass: Navigating your Teen's Wellness & Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. Neither Muchnick nor Curtis knew families were taking fake rowing pics to scam their way into prestigious schools. But they did know that something awful was brewing in how families pursued college acceptances overall. Both have worked as college counselors for years and were troubled by what they were seeing in their offices. Kids who couldn't speak for themselves. Parents who can't stop talking about their kids' college dreams.


Muchnick and Curtis say now is the time to reboot how you parent and see your kid for who they truly are, and more importantly, who they truly want to become. Failing to do so can have disastrous results.


On this Dying to Ask:

How to be a more effective parent during the teen years.

What the college process is really like right now.

And why pandemic parents need to give themselves a timeout and learn how to listen.

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SheSez with Linda Grasso


The Varsity Blues scandal blew the lid off the college admissions process two years ago this month. For many parents, the scandal underscored what they already were feeling: the process of getting your kid into a good college is not only challenging, it can be unfair — and even corrupt. With deferrals, postponements and no standardized testing, COVID has made the process even more challenging.

In this episode, college admissions experts Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis address how to best support your child through the  process as well as how the scandal and Covid have impacted it.  Cynthia and Jenn are the authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World— named the number one Best Parenting Audiobook in 2021 by Book Authority.

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Life UNfiltered with Lisa Sugarman & Debra Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW on North Shore 104.9FM

Episode 57


Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, co-authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World, stop by to chat about how to be an effective parent during the teen years AND they drop some wisdom about how to do it with confidence and intention.


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How to Follow Your Parent Compass


Co-Authors Cynthia C. Muchnick & Jenn Curtis join Heather Dubrow to talk about The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. They discuss extreme parenting and how to manage stress for teens and parents alike!

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Connecting with Dr. Kim Swales

Episode 19


In this episode, Kim talks to Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick, authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World. They discuss how we show our kids we believe in them, setting goals, and looking at how our own past impacts our parenting. They share their own parenting stories and lots of tips for how to use our compass to guide our kids.

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Sunshine Parenting with Audrey Monke

January 22, 2020

"The Parent Compass" authors Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis join Audrey Monke, speaker, coach, host of the Sunshine Parenting podcast, author of Happy Campers, and Director of Golden Arrow Camps to discuss parenting, academics, and their book, The Parent Compass.

Kids Under Construction with Donna Tetreault

December 7, 2020

"The Parent Compass" authors Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Bowie Curtis join parenting expert Donna Tetreault to discuss parenting amidst today's harsh realities. How do you help motivate an unmotivated kid? Why is goal setting important? Tune in to find out.

The South Shore's Morning News with Rob and Lisa

95.9 WATD Massachusetts

Knowledge from the Park with Jackson Day

98.5 WYTX South Carolina

"The Parent Compass" authors Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Bowie Curtis discuss parents navigating the teen years.

The Weekend with Ed Kalegi

Nationally Syndicated Radio Show

Ed Kalegi speaks with Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick and Jenn Curtis about their new book The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey In Today's Competitive World. From the October 10th/11th national radio broadcast of "The Weekend with Ed Kalegi." 

Hey, It's Cory Hepola

WCCO News Talk 830

Cory speaks with the co-authors of a new book called The Parent Compass to gain some insight about raising our teenagers to face the pressures of college and the real world in normal times and during our current pandemic. 

The Parent Compass, “Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World"

Episode 20201006

Cindy and Jenn join host Gwen Rich to chat about The Parent Compass, today's college admission environment, especially in the age of COVID, and how to raise kids in this complicated landscape.

The Kathryn Zox Show

Episode 1291: Navigating the Future

Jenn Curtis joins host Kathryn Zox, The Social Worker with a Microphone, to discuss why it is important for parents to self-examine when navigating the tween and teen years, what it looks like to misbehave as a parent, the importance of listening rather than fixing, and how to teach kids self-advocacy, even from a young age.


Helping Families Be Happy Podcast

Episode 15

Cynthia and Jenn discuss the themes behind their book, The Parent Compass, with host Christopher Robbins.

Mimosas with Moms

Season 2 Episode 36

Abbey Williams, host of Mimosas with Moms, welcomes Cindy and Jenn, co-authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. Cindy, Jenn, and Abbey discuss ways to keep the parent-child relationship in tact and set our children up for success on their terms. How can we best support our children for the future in this competitive world we live in?

The Smart Social Podcast

Episode 230

Parents should align themselves with their kid’s aspirations rather than micromanaging them towards goals they’re not interested in, according to college admissions experts Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick. Listen in as host Josh Ochs chats with the co-authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World about their goal setting methods for teens.