Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Moving Towards Autonomy

Moving Towards Autonomy

  Moving Towards Autonomy By Jeannette Webb I have to admit that one of the highlights of homeschooling was living life with my children.  We participated together in activities and I learned right along with them.  In music lessons, I took notes to help with practice sessions at home.  On field trips, I loved beingContinue Reading

Going Deeper

Going Deeper

Going Deeper by Jeannette Webb I recently had a fascinating conversation with an extremely successful engineer.  When queried, he explained to me how he acquired such a stunning skill set.  As a young professional, he always volunteered for the tough jobs, the new experiences, while many of his co-workers settled into the routine (and rut)Continue Reading

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland?

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland?

Are Your Kids Living in Disneyland? By Jeannette Webb I am a firm believer in the magic of childhood.  I worked extremely hard so my kids would always feel safe and secure even when I wasn’t entirely sure that we were.  I presided over a delightful childhood for my two youngsters.  We reclined on theContinue Reading

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting?  Part 2

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 2

Will Your College Application Be Attention-Getting? Part 2  By Jeannette Webb  Monday I asked if your child’s college application would fit within the parameters of the particular college they were interested in attending.  Today we will look at two ways to make their application stand out.  1. Make sure the Activity Profile is worthwhile.  IContinue Reading

Living in the Margin:  Part 3

Living in the Margin: Part 3

Living in the Margin:  Part 3 By Jeannette Webb  I’ll be totally honest and tell you that the addition of margin to my life saved my marriage, revolutionized my parenting, and restored my health.  After 25 years of living in the margin, I am a radically different woman. I’d like to wrap up our discussionContinue Reading

Living in the Margin, Part 2

Living in the Margin, Part 2

  Living in the Margin, Part 2 By Jeannette Webb I’m going to get personal for a minute.  Are you feeling rested?  Do your days run at a reasonable pace? When was the last occasion you had enough of a time cushion that the long line in the grocery store didn’t throw your schedule off? Continue Reading

Living in the Margin:  Part 1

Living in the Margin: Part 1

Living in the Margin: Part 1  by Jeannette Webb  Years ago when I was a dual-career mom with two small children and office deadlines to meet, I met myself coming and going in the whirlwind of our everyday lives.  I had a time-intensive career, an overloaded volunteer schedule, and things were starting to fall apart.Continue Reading

Are You Keeping All Doors Open for Your Child?  Do You Want To?

Are You Keeping All Doors Open for Your Child? Do You Want To?

After years of providing college admissions assistance, I have come to understand that the apprehension involved with homeschool high school is less about high school and more about college.  Families are worried about hurting their child’s college opportunities.  As a result, they totally stress over high school and that which should be a wonderful finalContinue Reading

The Junior Year Panic

The Junior Year Panic

  The Junior Year Panic By Jeannette Webb  It’s a predictable yearly event.  I experienced it at the end of my kids’ sophomore year of high school.  I work through it with my private clients year after year.  The junior year panic can seize you by the throat, cloud your ordinarily clear thinking,  and convinceContinue Reading

Does Your Child Have a Bach?

Does Your Child Have a Bach?

Does Your Child Have a Bach? By Jeannette Webb My daughter was in the middle of a very hectic semester filled with grueling math and engineering problem sets when the phone call came.  Her best friend, in college on the opposite coast, was on the line telling Natalie that her mother had breast cancer.  Grief-stricken,Continue Reading

The Dangers of Self-Esteem

The Dangers of Self-Esteem

  The Dangers of Self-Esteem By Jeannette Webb  Worrying about a child’s self-esteem can trip any parent up, but it is especially treacherous for those who homeschool high school.  Instead of worrying if our kids are competent, we worry that they like themselves.  We are concerned what will happen if they fail.  We stress over stress. AsContinue Reading

Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early

Homeschool High School: Develop a Plan Early

  Homeschool High School:  Develop a Plan Early By Jeannette Webb While I work with any student headed to any college, the majority of my clients homeschool high school and thus have a unique profile that needs to be handled carefully.  Far too often I get a call in the late fall of the seniorContinue Reading

Homeschool High School:  Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions

Homeschool High School: Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions

 Homeschool High School:  Give Your Child an Edge in College Admissions  by Jeannette Webb I get many calls from families trying to decide is they should homeschool high school or if they should revert to a more traditional method.  Of course a question like this is multifaceted, but there are huge advantages to choosing theContinue Reading

Developing Significant Discipline

Developing Significant Discipline

   Developing Significant Discipline By Jeannette Webb  We’ve seen them and been amazed – kids who somehow seem to have a hidden secret to accomplishment.  I’m not really talking about winning awards or knocking the top off standardized tests, but a driving motivation to do something with their lives.  When their existence is viewed fromContinue Reading

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel

Jumping Off the Gerbil Wheel By Jeannette Webb    Time for confession.  I was born with the classic gerbil wheel personality:  firstborn, Type A, deeply competitive, hot temper.  I’ve lived with a sense of urgency from childhood and I was parented to dominate.  And dominate I did throughout high school, college, and into a professionalContinue Reading

Power Resume Words

Power Resume Words

Power Resume Words By Jeannette Webb It is always interesting to me when I begin working with students.I look over their profile information:classes, grades, test scores, activity list, etc.It is usually interesting, but fairly generic. Only through talking with them do I gain insight into their life and extracurricular profile. Quite often they have doneContinue Reading

Summer Plans Affect College Admissions (Part 2) – Learning How to Work

Summer Plans Affect College Admissions (Part 2) – Learning How to Work

Rogers and Hammerstein immortalized the windswept plains of Oklahoma.  It was a brutal existence for the early pioneers.  It is still a hard land for those trying to wrest a living from the soil.  It was in that crucible that my children learned to work.   My daughter tells the story best in these excerpts fromContinue Reading

Summer Plans Impact College Admissions

Summer Plans Impact College Admissions

   Summer Plans Impact College Admissions By Jeannette Webb   Did you know that how your child chooses to spend his summer will impact college admissions?   Whoa there!  Don’t go out searching for all the latest and greatest summer camps and conferences with which to pack your child’s schedule.  That’s not what I’m talking aboutContinue Reading

The Myth of Well-Roundedness

The Myth of Well-Roundedness

Back in the day I was applying for scholarships and to college, “well-rounded” was the buzzword.  Students who spread themselves thin over many activities won all the awards.  My own personal college activity record was a nightmare.  I was a member of no less than 16 organizations, president of two, and officer in ten.  IContinue Reading