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The College Admission Scam Is Proof That Parents Can Hurt Their Kids

What Operation Varsity Blues reveals is the unchecked power parents have over their children — and that’s a problem

Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, the daughter of actor Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, isn’t talking to her parents. It’s not unusual for teens to be pissed off at their parents, but hers is a special case. Olivia Jade was a popular and successful YouTuber and beauty influencer with nearly 2 million views on her online videos when her parents got caught up in the college admission scam, and now she’s lost partnerships with TRESemme and Sephora.

How much parental damage is OK?

OK, parents always do some sort of damage to kids — this is why we have shrinks and, as a parent myself, I feel a certain obligation to keep the next generation of therapists gainfully employed. I’m sure my kids could — and most likely will — give them an earful.

Parents’ moral compass

There was an interesting Twitter exchange when Rebecca Traister, who wrote about how mothers and fathers are perceived differently on the campaign trial, was scolded for somehow not acknowledging that parents “are given a moral compass when they have children. Because evolution.”

Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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