Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy
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In 1984, I became pregnant with my first daughter Nicole. After the initial excitement, I became overwhelmed about the prospect of sending my daughter to the terrible public schools in our district, which had just had their budgets cut. Being an educator myself, I was in contact with some of the teachers. I knew how bad the textbooks were, how large the classes were, and how incoherent the curriculum was. Even though she wasn’t born yet, I was worried about how my daughter was to be educated.

Now I am the Director at Merit Educational Consultants. Merit is a college Advisory looking to connect with parents that want to get their kids into selective colleges. Merit offers services such as test prep, 4 year plans, interview skills, personal statements, resume building, appeal letters, and ProjectMERIT. ProjectMERIT is a program where students use real world skills to develop a project that benefits the community. I also run a K-12 program that focuses on one-to-one teaching.
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A Common Conundrum for Parents: Childcare Expenses that Drain your Pocketbook

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I can empathize with new parents when they talk about the seemingly-impossible task of finding great schooling that doesn’t break the bank.  Sending your preschooler off is hard enough emotionally, and becomes even more challenging when factor in your requirements: you want it to be a stimulating, educational, and reliable start and a comfortable place for your kids to be while you are at work.…


Who are we blogging to anyway? Is anyone out there???

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I love the blogosphere, and since you are reading this, it is safe to assume that you do too!  Blogging is a terrific way to have a discussion with perfect strangers about topics that bring us together.  Perfect example: here we are at . . we are all here for one reason: we are mothers seeking information, wanting to share…

Win Scholarships and Get Into Your Dream School!

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:31pm 0 Comments

Thanks to budget cuts, California’s higher education system is going through tough times, and students from across the state are feeling the strain. We’ve already gone over the fact that the UC’s are now admitting a lower percentage of residents, which means that their ever-higher admissions standards are only getting more so for Californians. It’s becoming harder and harder to stand out. These days, with the abundance of AP and Honors classes offered at many high schools, a 3.6 GPA or even…


The Curious Case of Babymoons

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 6:11pm 0 Comments

It used to be that a “babymoon” referred to the period of time that parents spent bonding with a newborn baby, but in recent years, people have instead been using it to describe a vacation that expectant parents take before the baby arrives. Whether it’s Natalie Portman or French First Lady Carla Bruni, the recent uptick in celebrity babymoons has been making more and more Americans aware of this phenomenon. The implication behind it, of course, is that once your baby arrives, life as you…


The Wisdom of Letting Kids Fail

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 3:56pm 0 Comments

I think that many Americans have known for a long time that indulgent, Helicopter-style parenting leads to entitled children. Of course, when it’s spelled out that way, the truth seems implicit and obvious, but it’s a truth that’s been lost on a generation of middle class parents who only wanted their children to avoid all of the discomforts that they experienced, and to have all of the advantages that they never had. While that sentiment is certainly one that anyone can empathize with, it…


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At 10:16pm on June 25, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 9:21am on August 6, 2010, Cynthia Helwig said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 8:03pm on September 8, 2009, Molly said…
hey Susan...I started following you, your blog is just what I need, since my son is off to kindergarten in the morning!!!

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