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Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis

Authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World

Parenting in this pressure-laden and uncertain era can feel daunting. Parents want their kids to succeed but there is no singular definition of success. Even well-intentioned parents sometimes behave badly and over-manage their teen’s schedules and academic life—creating more pressure and stress, and potentially damaging their relationship with their child.

Enter The Parent Compass—written by two experts in the fields of college admissions, education, and parenting. More than just a book, Parent Compass is a movement that provides guidance for parents on how to best support their teen’s mental health as they navigate the maze of their adolescent years. Authors Cynthia Muchnick and Jenn Curtis have worked with families for decades to empower students to realize their academic and personal goals through self-advocacy, grit, resilience, and intention.

Cynthia Muchnick has worked in education for over 25 years as a college admissions officer, high school teacher, educational consultant, and author of several education-related books. Jenn Curtis is an educational consultant and owner or FutureWise Consulting, where she has counseled hundreds of students on every aspect of the college admission process. Together and separately, Cynthia and Jenn speak frequently to parent organizations, schools, and businesses.

Speaking Topics

  • Keeping the Parent-Child Relationship Intact During the Adolescent Years
  • Navigating the College Application Process in Harmony with Your Teen and Knowing Your Role as a Parent
  • Tackling Technology with Intention, Not In Tension
  • You Had Your Turn: How to Listen and Let Your Kid Be the Guide


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