It's that time of year again: school open house invitations are arriving in mailboxes, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air, and the newspaper is littered with back-to-school shopping ads. Even though I live for the thrill of a great bargain, I will not be hitting the stores. Except for a few notebooks and dry-erase markers, I will not be doing any back-to-school shopping. I finished my kiddo's clothes shopping months ago.
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These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the 'we're not sure yet' news.
Even before the letters (or e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing and interviewing, the time spent getting into a dream school has become disproportionate with the amount of time spent in college.