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Should Parents Write Letters of Recommendation?

A college on my daughter's list has asked her father and me for a letter of reference. It will be very tough for us to write about this girl we love and admire so much with the hope that the admission committee will view her as we do and will take our praise seriously. But once we've done it, can we send this letter to her other colleges, too, the ones that didn't ask us for a reference? (I saw that in a book you wrote a few years ago, you said it was a good idea.)

Heaven help me if I ever try to run for political office! My opponents would have no trouble unearthing positions I've taken in the past which I've since reversed. And my stance on unsolicited parent letters is one of them ... well, sort of. Why? Read on:

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