Authors of The Parent Compass Endorse Rookie Father

Authors of the bestselling book, The Parent Compass, endorse Rookie Father.

I’m pleased to share an endorsement provided by Cynthia C. Muchnick (M.A.) and Jenn Curtis (M.S.W.), co-authors of The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen’s Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s Competitive World.

Their 5-star rated and bestselling work has garnered critical acclaim from industry and professional associations alike. They provided the following endorsement for Rookie Father, which went on sale this week:

“New dads, here’s your instruction manual to get you started and on your way! Kendall Smith has created a playbook for almost any situation as you become a first-time dad of an infant and toddler. Whether you read his book cover to cover or use it to look up situations as they arise, this useful manual is chock-full of nuts and bolts of being a rookie dad from A to Z.”

Here are details about the co-authors of The Parent Compass:

Cynthia Clukeck Muchnick, M.A.: Cindy, a graduate of Stanford University, is an expert in the college admission process: she got her start in admission offices before opening a private study skills and college counseling business in Southern California, which she ran for over fifteen years. As an Assistant Director of Admission for the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, she screened and reviewed over three thousand applications, interviewed prospective students, and served on the admission committee to evaluate borderline applicants and appeals cases. Over the course of her career, Cindy has written numerous books: The Parent Compass (Familius/Workman, 2020) is her tenth. Her other titles include The Best College Admission Essays (co-author, ARCO/Peterson’s, 1997), The Everything Guide to Study Skills: Strategies, Tips, and Tools You Need to Succeed in School (F&W Media, 2011), Straight-A Study Skills (co-author, Adam’s Media, 2012), The Everything College Checklist Book (F&W Media, 2013), Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More than Just the Essay (Peterson’s Publishing, 2014), and four other books (Simon & Schuster and Random House).

Jenn Curtis, MSW: Jenn Bowie Curtis, MSW, owns FutureWise Consulting, an educational consulting company in Orange County, California. She has guided hundreds of high school students from throughout the United States through all aspects of the college admission process. Her passion lies in empowering students to navigate their high school years with confidence, emphasizing self-advocacy, grit, and intention. Jenn’s interest in mental health and research began while an undergraduate at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), where she worked in a lab studying athletic performance anxiety. After college, at the University of California-Irvine’s Child Development Center, Jenn researched treatments for learning disabilities, co-authored a published study on a novel diagnostic tool for ADHD, and supervised and trained undergraduate researchers. After earning her master’s degree, Jenn worked in psychiatric rehabilitation, assisting clients with severe and persistent mental illness. Jenn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA’s Honors College and master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and selected as Dean’s Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She resides in San Clemente, California with her husband and two daughters.


I appreciate the authors’ endorsement and others can be found here for review. The book is available for purchase at national and local bookstores.

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