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The Parent Compass with Cynthia Muchnick

with host Lori Oberbroekling

Parenting teens and preteens can be challenging, especially when you are a teen parent for the first time. Cynthia Muchnick, author of The Parent Compass, joins us today on The Secrets of Supermom Show. She shares how to really see the child in front of you, not the one you are trying to inauthentically create. 

Today we discuss… 

    •    Why the teen years are actually awesome and not scary as a parent

    •    Cynthia’s book The Parent Compass: Raising Teens and Tweens in an Uncertain and Competitive World

    •    Going from managing your child’s life to getting “fired”

    •    Being a consultant to your child instead of the boss

    •    Finding your worth in parenting and how to shift those feelings as your kids become middle and high schoolers

    •    Helping your kids find and explore their passions

    •    Helping your kids get excited about school even if they are not interested

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Navigating Life with a Teen

with host Erin Holland

Cindy Muchnick, author and mother of four (almost) grown children, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her parenting guidebook, The Parent Compass. She is not only an expert in the college admission process, but also a former private academic counselor for high school students. She now passionately shares her experience and insights through public speaking engagements to student, parent, school, and business groups.

Today’s conversation explores key topics from her guidebook, including how to truly appreciate your teen, becoming a better listener and asking the right questions, and how to help kids develop self-advocacy skills. Whether you’re currently a parent of teens, or you know the teen years are fast approaching for your little ones, this is a conversation filled with wisdom you won’t want to miss.

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The Parent Compass with Author Cynthia Muchnick

woith host Dr Lino Martinez

In this episode, author Cynthia Muchnick goes into details about her book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness & Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. We discuss parents becoming resilient to failure and looking backwards in order to look forward. She also makes some great points about parenting such as "Don't speak for your child". Allow your children to authentically speak for themselves and hooking into what excites your kids. 


The Parent Compass with Cynthia Muchnick

with host Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

Listen in to hear our conversation about all things parent compass. 


Cindy Muchnick: Navigating Your Teen's Journey in a Competitive World

with host Sara Dean

Listen in to hear Cindy share:

    •    Why she decided to write a book about college and college admissions in the wake of the college admissions scandal of 2019

    •    What a parent compass is and how to find & follow your true north as a parent

    •    The significance of truly seeing the child you have, not the child you want to inauthentically create

    •    When and how to help your kids be a self-advocate at school

    •    How to be open to all the options your kid might have after high school (4-year degree, gap year, pursuing a fine art or trade and community college, etc)


Helping Pre-teens Navigate Their Journeys

with host Lori Reichel

Research tells us that young people need to figure out how to solve challenges in their personal lives, yet sometimes their caretakers jump in to solve their challenges instead. This episode of the Puberty Prof Podcast provides concrete techniques a caregiver can use to teach their young person for how to navigate life’s challenges. To explain these habits, Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, author of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness & Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World, is the Puberty Prof’s guest. 

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Choosing Your Next Best Step with The Parent Compass

with hosts Missy Stevens and Susanne Kerns

Cynthia Muchnick started writing with the story of her marriage proposal, and she hasn’t stopped since. Her topics have evolved along with her life and career, leading to her most recent book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness & Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World. We talked with Cynthia about how parents can best help our kids – and ourselves – negotiate the complex process of deciding how to choose the next best step using The Parent Compass.


Proven Parenting Strategies to Navigate Adolescence

with host Lianne Castelino

This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Cynthia Muchnick, educational consultant, speaker, author, former Associate Director of College Admission and mother of four about strategies for parents to navigate the adolescent years.


Helping Your Teen Choose Their Own Unique Path in an Academically Competitive World

with host Dr. Amy Moore, Learning RX

Community college? Gap year? Four-year private university? Today’s teens are facing overwhelming pressure to follow a traditional path from high school to college, often with little regard for their readiness, motivation, or interest. Cindy Muchnick, co-author of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness & Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World joined the Brainy Moms podcast to share some advice on how to preserve your relationship with your teen while navigating a competitive academic environment. If you’re looking for insights on how to foster grit, resilience, and independence in your teen while also learning to listen to their feelings and fears, this episode will hit the spot! Combining her years of experience as a college admissions expert, high school teacher, and mother of four, Cindy offered some concrete strategies to help you navigate these crucial years and help guide your teen to THEIR preferred experience after high school.


The Parent Compass Through the Teen Years with Cindy Muchnick

with host Casey O'Roarty 

Listen in this week as Cindy and I talk about The Parent Compass book & movement, a guide for parents on how to pull back & let go through the teen years. Moving from managing everything for your little kids to pulling back & giving your teens the reins can be really hard, but we have to do it. Cindy shares some tips for inviting feedback from your adolescent and why, sometimes, we do want our kids to struggle. I ask Cindy about how to talk to teens and stay solution-focused when they don’t seem to be a good fit or interested in a typical, four-year college path. We end by sharing thoughts on over-tutoring, letter grades, monitoring your teen’s grades, & picking colleges.


The Parent Compass: How's Yours Working? with Cindy Muchnick

with host Carmelita Tiu

Have you ever stopped to question the version of success that you may be pushing your kid to achieve?  Do you wonder if you’re over-involved in your tween or teen’s life, or not enough? Do you want your kids to get straight As and secretly get a thrill if they say “I think I want to go Stanford or Harvard or Yale”? And then you kind of feel anxious about the pressure and what that means for them?

As parents, we all have an internal compass that guides us as we raise our kids.  And it today's competitive world, it's more important than ever for parents to raise their kids with intentionality and grace.

Today’s guest, Cindy Muchnick, co-wrote the book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World, to help us navigate questions like this, and help us calibrate our parent compasses towards our kids’ wellbeing.


Learning to Use the Parenting Compass with Cynthia Muchnick

with host Amanda Garman

Amanda is joined by mother, speaker, advocate and best-selling author, Cynthia Muchnick to talk all things parenting. Included in this episode:

    •    The pressure we can put on our children to be who we want them be, and not who they are.            How can we change this?

    •    Social media and mental health of teens

    •    Mental Health of children overall

    •    Grades - Why are we putting so much pressure on grades?

    •    College and University - does it really matter which one they go to?


How to Develop Positive Relationships with Your Teen

with host Ed Gerety

Cynthia Muchnick is an expert in the college admission process: she got her start in admission offices before opening a private study skills and college counseling business in Southern California, which she ran for over fifteen years. Cynthia is also the co-author of The Parent Compass, where she dives in on better ways parents can show up and parent their teens. In this episode, Cynthia shares the importance of asking good questions and then listening to the responses in a present way in order to develop a better relationship with your teen.  


Fresh Take: Cindy Muchnick of The Parent Compass

with hosts Amy and Margaret

Cindy Muchnick is the co-author of THE PARENT COMPASS: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness & Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. Cindy has been working in education for the past 25+ years as a former Assistant Director of College Admission, high school teacher, and educational consultant. Cindy is also a mother of three sons and a daughter, now ages 16 to 24.

In this interview Cindy, Amy, and Margaret discuss:

    •    The "true north" of the Parent Compass

    •    How to assess when you should and shouldn't intervene in our child's life

    •    How to reframe what success means for our kids

To help our kids thrive, we first have to follow our own compasses as parents and investigate why we parent the way we do. This self-reflection helps us help our kids - which sometimes means helping them less.


Raising Teens in a Hypercompetitive Culture with Cindy Muchnick

with host Dr. Cam

If you want your teen to thrive within our current hypercompetitive culture and uncertain landscape, this episode is for you.

In this episode I’m joined by Cindy Muchnick, Educational Consultant and author of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World, which Katie Couric selected as one of the top 11 fall parenting reads.


Cindy shows us how we can best support our teens without having to frantically tutor, manage, and helicopter them.


Essential Tips for Parenting Your Tween, Teen and Beyond with Cindy Muchnick

with Host Elise Museles

Have you ever felt daunted by parenting in this pressure-laden time? Knowing how to support our kids’ mental health and academic journey as they navigate life in today’s competitive world is no simple feat, especially during their adolescent years. 

Often the hardest part is striking a balance between care and concern without micromanaging or helicopter parenting. Sometimes that means allowing our children to make mistakes, which isn’t always easy!

Speaker, educational consultant, and bestselling author, Cindy Muchnick, believes that our  “parent compass” can help us find that sweet spot. As a mom of four herself, Cindy is on a mission to educate parents on how to support our children as they go through life with purpose and resilience without putting too much pressure on them.


How to Find (& Follow) Your Parent Compass

with JoAnn Krohn and Brie Tucker

Raising teens can be a daunting task for any parent, but it doesn't have to be. With the right guidance and tools, you can raise your teen with positive mental health and follow your “Parent Compass”.

We recently sat down with Cindy Muchnick, M.A., and Jenn Curtis, M.S.W., authors of the book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. They help tweens and teens navigate middle and high school culminating in the college admissions process.

We talked about what teens are currently going through both in high school and as they prepare to transition into that next phase of life (outside their parental home), and how we're going to provide you with tips on how to find and use your “parent compass” to foster positive mental well-being and emotional resilience in your teen.


Your Empty Nest Coach

With Christine Oakfield

Do you AUDIT your life? Do you trust yourself? Do you live your life through your teen child? 

Episode Topics & Minute Markers

    •    00:00  Podcast intro

    •    18:44  What I Wish My Parents Knew - Guest Cindy Muchnick, co-author of The Parent Compass


The Parenting Reset Show: The Parent Compass Book

With Tess Connolly


Tess Connolly, LCSW talks with Cynthia Muchnick, MA who is an author, speaker and educational consultant about her book that she co-wrote with Jenn Curtis, MSW The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World.


So you've successfully launched the kids -- Now what?! 

Checking in with Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis

Hosted by Heather Dubrow


It’s safe to say that Last time Heather spoke with Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis life looked a little different. The twins were about to embark on their individual college journey’s and there were a lot of unknowns. Fast forward to today and it’s safe to say they’re living their best lives but the work still isn’t done (is it ever?!). Now that the preparation portion is over, how do you best SUPPORT your kid as they navigate this milestone journey? Join Heather, Cynthia, and Jenn as they have an honest conversation regarding the importance of communication and honesty during this forming chapter of your kids life. The three open up about their own college journey’s and how the initial experience, while exciting, impacted their mental health and how they moved past it. Plus, if you’re one of the parents who are in the midst of college applications, know that you’re not alone! Cynthia and Jenn are opening up about the ~current~ state of college admissions and answer the questions all parents are curious about– like are early decision applications necessary or do they harm your child in the long run?! All you need to know on this episode of Heather Dubrow’s World.


The Parent Compass with Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick

Hosted by Drs. Early Denison, Matthew Housson, and Andy Stoker


As any parent knows, these kids don't come with an instruction manual. They DEFINITLY don't come with turn-by-turn directions. But, what if we had a compass? Something that didn't hold all the specific answers we might be seeking, but instead continually pointed us in the right direction?

Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick, authors of the book The Parent Compass, had this very thought. They saw how bragging rights and bumper stickers were some of the social forces fueling today's parenting behavior, and as a result even well-intentioned parents were missing the mark. They join us today to share their findings, and illustrate what focuses and actions can help us guide our kids from children to kind, intentional, independent adults.


Teen Academics and Mental Health

Hosted by Bobby Williams


This week The Parental Compass meets The Parent Compass.

Cindy Muchnick, the co-author of the book The Parent Compass, joins the show to discuss how to be supportive of your child’s academics while not becoming so involved that it becomes disempowering. She also speaks on encouraging your child to follow their passions and be their own advocate.


College Bound(aries) with Jenn Curtis and Cynthia Muchnick

Hosted by Heather Dubrow


This conversation seriously could not have happened at a better time. If you've been both equally excited and dreading sending your kid to college -- please join our club. The reality is that having your kids leave the nest is a daunting experience. So how do we as parents prepare them for the unknown? That's where Heather's guests, Jenn Curtis and Cynthia Muchnick, come in. The co-authors of The Parent Compass are educational consultants who personally know the good, the bad, and the ugly of launching your kids into the real world. Look, we all want the best for our kids but we still need to establish boundaries ESPECIALLY when they're away and figuring themselves out. We're tackling everything from taboo subjects like dealing with a mental health crisis to teaching your kids about budgeting and avoiding credit card debt. This episode also has some hot takes like should you be tracking your kids location once they no longer live under your roof? The answer is a little controversial... Plus, have you experienced a phone dump? we'll explain exactly what that is and why you shouldn't panic if you're on the receiving end. In the words of Kevin Hart, you're gonna learn today! 

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Dorm Designers, Phone Dumps, and All Things College 101 

with host Deirdre Fitzpatrick

We're going back to school in this week's episode of the Dying to Ask podcast. Not a la Rodney Dangerfield in the 1986 comedy. More like a time hop to a time that may seem just as foreign. Colleges expect this school year will be the most "normal" year for students since the pandemic started. It might be normal by today's standards for young people. But if it's been a while since you moved into a dorm, wait until you hear what the college experience is like these days.


Jenn Curtis and Cynthia Muchnick, authors of The Parent Compass, are back on the show this week. And we're talking about everything from the HGTV-ization of dorm rooms to how phone dumps work and why your family needs one. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, buckle up, and get ready to go back to school, Dying to Ask-style. And yes, there will be a pop quiz for anyone who fails to leave a rating or review.

On this Dying to Ask:

  • The emergence of college trends like professional dorm decorators

  • Why you need a "proof of life" plan with your kid

  • The pros and cons of a "phone dump"

  • How to ease the transition to college for parent and child

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Tips on How to Do this Teen/Tween Parenting Thing from the Pros With Guest Cindy Muchnick

hosted by Nellie Harden

There is so much to think about and do as a tween/teen parent and where do we focus? How do we help them be ready? What are the hard logistics and the soft lessons? 
Tune into this episode to hear from a woman who has written the book on it, and several more, as we discuss the ins and outs of this journey, where to keep your focus, and how to behave as a parent during these challenging years!


Giving Parents a Compass

hosted by Cara Natterson and Vanesa Kroll Bennett

Guiding kids through the adolescent years requires finding true north, a trusted point in the distance during the chaos. So we interviewed education consultants and co-authors of The Parent Compass to get guidance on how to support kids and get out of their way.

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Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey  

hosted by Brad Baldridge, Taming The High Cost of College Podcast

Parents often have the best of intentions in how they raise their kids and provide guidance for their future, but they can inadvertently do a lot of damage. Certain parenting styles can be very detrimental to your kids’ wellness, their academic journey, and their future. Learn how to be a better parent and prepare your kids for success in my podcast interview with Cindy Muchnick, an educational consultant and author of The Parent Compass who explains the do’s and don’ts and how to be supportive in the most effective ways.

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How To Navigate College Acceptance Season With The Parent Compass

Getting into college. It's complicated. Navigating this year's college acceptance season is tricky thanks to some emerging trends. There  are record numbers of applications. But class sizes haven't increased and that means more kids than ever aren't getting into their target schools.It's made talking about college plans challenging for a lot of families. 

On this Dying to Ask:

  • The do's and don'ts of college acceptances

  • Why Curtis and Muchnick would like to ban the word "rejection" from college-talk

  • Why parents should refrain from celebratory social media posts

  • And a lot of adults joke that they'd never get into their alma maters today. Is that actually true?

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Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting

In this interview, we discuss

  • What it means to have a "parent compass" and how we use it effectively

  • The importance of play time, downtime, and family time for optimal mental health

  • How to help our kids develop intrinsic motivation even if they're struggling to find it

  • Why there's no "one right path" to defining success

  • How to nurture our children's interests in passions

  • ...and so much more!


High School Hamster Wheel Podcast with Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis

Host, Betsy Jewell

Navigating the maze of the adolescent years with Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis: Today I'm excited to bring you not one but two amazing guests. You might be wondering right now . .. just what is the Parent Compass?  Have a listen.

Peace and Parenting Podcast with Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis

Host, Michelle Kenney

The highly competitive world of academics can become consuming when our children reach adolescence. The pressure children feel and endure highly impacts their wellbeing and the relationship we share with them.  Finding ways to be supportive without usurping the critical learning moments in this delicate time can be difficult for us parents. Listen in as the authors of The Parent Compass recount their experiences while helping students prepare for and engage in life after High school.


Relationships and Revenue with Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis

Host, John Hulen

John interviews Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis - co-authors of the book The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. Cindy is a graduate of Stanford University and is an expert on the college admissions process. She has also written 10 books. Jenn owns Future Wise Consulting, which is an educational consulting company. She is also a graduate of both UCLA and USC.

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College Advising Experts Jenn Curtis And Cindy Muchnick On Why The Kids Aren‘t All Right

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA-NBC News Anchor & Dying to Ask Podcast Host

Are the kids all right? The answer is yes and no as kids have returned to in-person learning after virtual learning in the pandemic. Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis are college advisers and the authors of The Parent Compass. Both say they're seeing some concerning trends in high schools. Some kids quickly adjusted to in-person school. But many others are struggling to make social connections and get their education back on track. Body clocks are out of whack after 18 months of pandemic life. 

On this Dying to Ask:

A reality check on how in-person school is going for teenagers.

The social disconnect many of them feel after a year on screens.

The impact sleep deprivation is again having on mood, anxiety and happiness for families.


In the Know Podcast, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Ellen talks with Cindy Muchnick about following your parenting compass when it comes to being our best selves as parents.  Cindy shares tips from her book, The Parent Compass, with co-author Jenn Curtis, and her own advice on how to navigate through this challenging time with renewed confidence.


Meant for More Live Show with Amy Schmidt and Kristen Coffield

We've all heard or maybe even streamed the Varsity Blues documentary... and navigating the murky waters of teens is challenging as parents. We will be joined by The Parent Compass authors, Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, to discuss how to preserve your relationship with your teen while navigating a competitive academic environment. 


A Mighty Blaze: Baking with Rach

Join Blaze Baking With Rach host RACHEL LEVY LESSER as she welcomes CINDY MUCHNICK and JENN CURTIS as they talk about their new book THE PARENT COMPASS. Using THE PARENT COMPASS to navigate the adolescent years will help you parent with confidence and intention, allowing the opportunity to forge a trusting, positive relationship with your teen. Rachel, Cindy and Jenn are baking healthy-ish greek yogurt brownies! These are a great snack for kids of all ages and baking with kids (of all ages!) after school is a great way to bond with your kids and talk and learn about what is going on in their lives.

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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

In this episode, we are talking about preparing kids for life beyond high school, particularly if they're thinking about college or some sort of post-secondary training. But even if they aren't, you are going to get a lot of great tips and ideas around how to support kids in this phase of life.

Say it Southern with Sarah & Courtney

In this episode, we are talking with Cindy and Jenn, the authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. And y’all, it’s amazing insight to what our school age children are dealing with right now. Can’t wait for you to Say it Southern with Cindy and Jenn.

Cindy and Jenn use their own wisdom, as well as new insights from the research of expert psychologists and educators, to guide parents toward healthier relationships and more positive outcomes with their teens. Their book, The Parent Compass, is sure to be your guide to navigate through the teen years!


Mom2Mom with Maria Sansone: 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. 


Voices of Compassion: 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.


Heather Dubrow's World

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.

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