Holiday Advice for Parents: Try the College Diet

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.  ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Parents, this week we have some advice for you.  Tread lightly when discussing college in the presence of your juniors and seniors over the holiday, eschewing talk of college lists, deadlines and all things applications. As you gather around the table for Thanksgiving, we suggest you adhere to the "college diet" -- a great idea we learned about from psychologist Michael Thompson. It has one simple-to-follow guideline -- the subject of college should not be on the menu more than twice a week.   And run some interference for your son or daughter when relatives and friends get too inquisitive or let themselves indulge in thinly-veiled status competition.  Even well-meaning inquiries can add to the anxiety of the process, especially for seniors. So nix those conversations by changing the subject and support your students in relaxing and enjoying this most wonderful holiday.

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