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College Applications Causing Parents to Quit Jobs

News to Me: Parents See College Applications As Full-Time Job

I was shocked when the Wall Street Journal reported that parents have started to weigh the importance of their kids' college applications against their own careers. The pressure isn't just confined to dinner-table conversations.

One mother of a high schooler, a manager for a New York financial-information concern, says friends are pressuring her to devote full time to the college search. With other parents on the case 24/7, she says, "they argue that by working, I'm putting my daughter at a disadvantage in today's hypercompetitive college-admissions game."

Parent involvement in the application process is of course helpful and sometimes necessary, but I think it's a bit extreme to leave your job to put all of your focus on it. What do you think? Extreme helicopter parents or understandably involved?

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