The College Admissions Scandal: Parenting Lessons from the Fallout | Robin Berman, MD

Operation Varsity Blues Scandal with Robin Berman, MD on Atomic Moms podcast

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#213: The Operation Varsity Blues bribery scheme, you guys! Last week, Lori Loughlin, Aunt Becky on Full House, was arrested and released on one million dollar bail. And when the news of the bribery scheme broke, the US attorney for the district of Massachusetts made it clear who was responsible, saying, “The parents are the prime movers of this fraud.”

What motivates some parents to risk everything to get their kids into elite colleges? And what can we all learn as parents from this terrible mess?

Our esteemed guest Dr. Robin Berman, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, GOOP contributor, and author of Permission to Parent, admits this problem is “so insidious and starts at preschool.” So how do we raise our children with integrity in a world that’s feeling more and more like a Lifetime movie? Robin Berman, MD, helps us make sense of the college admissions scandal and reminds us of the true meaning of successful parenting. Listen up!

xx Ellie Knaus

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Robin Berman inspiring quote from Permission to Parent

“They don’t need fancy or expensive;

they just need your love and time.”

Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits

by Robin Berman, MD


Our guest: Robin Berman, MD

Our guest: Robin Berman, MD

Robin Berman, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the author of Permission to Parent. Dr. Berman is on the Parents Magazine Advisory Board and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report and Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop website. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. For more information, go to

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