J.D. Rothman

J.D. Rothman (aka The Neurotic Parent), a former instructor of remedial freshman composition, is an Emmy-winning children’s television writer, producer and lyricist. She started her anonymous blog, www.theneuroticparent.com, while on an eight-state college tour with her older son. The blog was excerpted in the anthology I’m Going to College, Not You (St. Martins Press, 2010) and then morphed into the Los Angeles Times bestseller, The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions (Prospect Park Books, 2012), which has been optioned by Gil Netter, the producer of Life of Pi. Rothman grew up in Brooklyn and resided in several Latin American countries before settling in Santa Monica, where she and her husband live in their empty nest with their schnoodle and wait for for infrequent texts from their two sons.

The Waiting: For Parents of College Applicants, Who Not to Talk to Until April 1st

Once college applications are completed, high school seniors enter a lull period, an interminable limbo, worsened by the pressure to keep their grades up.If you’re the parent of a senior, you can feel productive during this stage by selling your embarrassing large library of SAT prep books on e-Bay and ordering Twin XLsheets on sale.And, to maintain your sanity, here is a list of people NOT to talk to until after April 1st:...more

Recharged: When 13 People - with 32 Devices - Go on Vacation Together

We have just returned from paradise - land of magical tide pools, golden sunsets, surreal pelicans and blended cocktails. A chance for three families, bonded since the kids sang 'Wheels On the Bus' together in minivans, to de-stress in a decadent beachfront dream villa....more
Thanks, Denise. Whether we like it or not, I think our vacation typified the new downtime. ...more

How to Secure Overpriced, Inconvenient Holiday Flights for Your Kids

Even if you're not a helicopter or snowplow parent, chances are you cannot resist being a Booking Engine Parent, especially because if left to their own devices, your kids might book themselves through Ibiza for a cross-country flight. Here are some helpful tips for completely screwing up your kids' holiday reservations:...more

Binge Watching: The New Addiction of Empty Nesters

Q: I find that I suddenly have some time on my hands. What are some good films that have come out in the last 19 years that I might have missed while I was parenting?...more

A College Timeline for Neurotic Parents to Guarantee Acceptance

April is prime time for college neurosis. Seniors try to get off wait-lists while juniors are preparing to receive scores for the ACTs they bombed. But if your child is under ten, or better yet, still in utero, you can alleviate a lot of stress by adhering to this handy timeline: ONE MONTH BEFORE BIRTH -- Travel to Dhaka, so your baby will qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship....more
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Calculator shopping, the night before the SAT

I'm the guest poster on the college blog of the Washington Post today....more

Neurotic Parent Pre-Order Day

Today, February 7th is Amazon Pre-order day for my book about the insanity of the college admissions process - The Amazon computers will notice and create a buzz if they receive lots of pre-orders at once. ...more