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Parents get competitive on college

If bragging has a season, this is it. Sometimes the other parents strike before Lora Tarlin, a Sharon mother, has even started her day, when she’s lying in bed scrolling through Facebook on her iPhone. “We’re deciding between Northwestern and Georgetown,” a proud parent’s post might read. Some parents list every school that accepted their child.

“It’s so annoying,” said Tarlin, the mother of a son riding the Dartmouth wait list. “It’s like, ‘My kid just got into such-and-such a school and he’s so great.’ Blah, blah, blah.”

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