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Published:March 17th, 2012 11:59 EST
For 3 Million Families March Madness Means College Visits and Admission Anxiety

For 3 Million Families March Madness Means College Visits and Admission Anxiety

By SOP newswire2

March Madness for College-Bound Families

March Madness is almost here, but if you`re one of the millions of families involved in a college-bound journey, this isn`t a spectator sport. Spring Break is filled with college road trips, testy teens, and anxious parents. And for those kids counting down to acceptance, the tension is high.

Whether it`s time for families to buckle down or calm down, clinical psychologist, award-winning humorist, and author Dr. Nancy Berk has the prescription for family harmony. In her book COLLEGE BOUND AND GAGGED: How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind (October 14, 2011; Nancy Berk Media LLC; ISBN: 978-0615548838, $15.95), Berk offers parents survival strategies, perspective, and laughs on the road to higher education.

When my older son began his college search, I was shocked to find myself as panicked as the rest of the parent pack. I quickly realized that families needed strategy, reassurance, and humor to get through it, " Berk says. In her book, she tackles teen logic, " procrastination, confusing procedures, competitive parents, standardized testing, campus tour trauma, admissions disasters, and every bump on the college-bound journey. In addition to top tips from experts, Berk includes lists of 5 to keep parents grounded. Her humorous take on some of the most annoying pieces of the process include: A Teen Train of Thought Diagram, Standardized Testing Action Figures, and Parent Prototypes (The Truth Teller, The Doomsday Story Teller, The Imposter, The Resumé Jammer "if her child had a needle phobia, she`d still sign him up for the embroidery club, and The Aggressive Competitor). says, This book is a great college companion written in a language we really understand-by a parent, for parents! "

Berk will be sharing her parent-driven humor and insight this Thursday at the Women`s Summit® 2012 in Rhode Island. She will also be teaching a humor writing workshop on Saturday at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT (a winner of the Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year), and will be speaking at The Erma Bombeck Writers` Workshop in April.

A blogger for The Huffington Post, USA Today College, and MORE Magazine, Nancy`s been spotlighted in The New York Times and interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and MSN. She has appeared on television and radio, and hosts two podcasts: Whine At 9 and College Mom Minute.

For Interviews Contact: Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

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