Introduction: Five Questions for Parents

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.7

—Jim Morrison

You have good intentions and love your child. You want your child to get into a good college, declare the right major, and land that dream job. You want your child to be financially independent. You want to make sure that you get a return on your investment of high-priced college tuition. You want your child to be a homeowner. You want to make sure that your child can pay back their college loans. All of this, of course, is what you want. As one parent declared, “It’s incredibly competitive out there, and I don’t want my child left in ...

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