Navigating the private school parent interview

Kim Hamer shares advice for parents on how to best navigate the private school parent interview on what questions you should expect and what you can do to make a great impression
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Navigating the private school parent interview

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There are a couple of things you can expect during the parent interview. The first thing is, expect to talk about yourself and your child. Be sure to talk about and demonstrate who your child is. Show them, tell them stories about your child, and tell them stories about you. The second thing is -- You are going to want to impress. Try not to do that because you really don't want to kiss the behind of the admissions director. You want them to want you, just as much as you want them. That's really important. You're choosing a school to pay your money to, to educate your child. Make sure that you remember, that you want them to impress you as well. A couple of things to talk about during the interview, which are really important, remember to discuss your long-term values that you have for your child. Where is it you want your child to be at 21, and how is it that you see the school helping you and your child get there. The second thing is, make sure you talk about the things that you can bring to the school. Be really clear on that. Don't say, "We'll do anything." Be as specific as you can. Look at what the school needs, and think about what it is that you want to do. The last thing is to make sure that you bring some of your own questions. Think about things that you would like clarity on. When you ask those questions, make sure that they have not already been answered in the interview and the information that you received from the school or on their school website.

Kim Hamer shares advice for parents on how to best navigate the private school parent interview on what questions you should expect and what you can do to make a great impression

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100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving A Friend Through Cancer or Loss

Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, a modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis.

Kim Hamer became a widow after her 44-year old husband lost his life to cancer. Their children were 12, 9 and 7 at the time. Before and after her husband’s death, friends and supporters came up with unique, creative and simple ways to help her family. She called them “acts of love” because it’s what they felt like.

Her book is a fun, straightforward compilation of many of those acts. The mission of “100 Acts of Love” is to help everyone understand and embrace their importance in the lives of their friend in crisis and to provide the tools and courage needed to support them in a truly meaningful and helpful way.

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