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Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond

A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond

Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP and Marilee Jones

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Is your teen stressing over college admittance? Are you? Cowritten by a former top college admissions dean and a leading pediatrician, this first-of-its-kind book delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college, and building resilience to meet challenges today and in the future.

Less Stress, More Success is just what parents and teens need to thrive during this important rite of passage into adulthood.

For Parents

  • How to encourage true high achievement, rather than perfectionism
  • Important dos and don’ts about the admissions process and how you can most effectively help your child
  • Why and when some forms of “helping” undermine your teenager’s self-confidence and chances of admission
  • How to turn deadlines into opportunities to learn time-management and organization skills
  • How you can encourage positive strategies for handling stress and building resilience

For Teens

  • How to evaluate campus culture to find the right fit for you
  • Ways to manage your parents and your friends
  • Tips for the college interview
  • Letting your true, authentic self come through in your admissions essay
  • How your body handles stress…and what you can do to feel better and stay healthy

Includes a Personalized Stress Management Plan for teens!


"This is not your usual college admissions book. Rather, it is a parenting book that deals with a highly stressful period in many families' lives: the college admissions process. Jones (dean of admissions, MIT) considers why this process is so stressful and presents practical tips for parents to guide their teens toward the right college for them, while Ginsburg (pediatrics, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Medicine) speaks to stress management, e.g., the value of free time, building confidence, and avoiding negativity. Most of Ginsburg's strategies are valuable for parents in general, not just parents of collegebound teens. Both authors encourage parents to allow their teens to do the admissions work themselves, emphasizing that this is their initiation into adulthood. Finally, in the last two sections, the authors condense the information from the book and orient it toward teens. Somewhat repetitive, the book is perfect for reading a chapter here and there as needed. Parents of college-bound youth will no doubt find it a valuable resource even before their teens start looking at colleges. Suitable for public libraries." -- Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

About the author

Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP and Marilee Jones

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is coauthor of Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond and author of “But I’m Almost 13!” An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent. He is the father of 2 children and lives in Philadelphia.
Marilee Jones is the former dean of admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a national spokesperson on the changes in the current college admissions climate and on the pressures facing today's teens. She has a daughter and lives in the Boston area.