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|Suggested Reading List for Parents
Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
When children leave for college, many parents feel uncertain about their shifting roles. By emphasizing the importance of being a mentor to your college student, Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money shows parents how to influence their college student while still supporting their independence. The authors offer valuable insight into the minds of college students and provide parents with simple suggestions for improving communication with their children. Filled with humorous anecdotes and realistic dialogues between parents and students, this comprehensive guide covers a wide range of issues including financial matters, academic concerns, social adjustment, and postgraduate choices.
You’re on Your Own (but I’m here if you need me) by Marjorie Savage
You’re on Your Own helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child’s independence.
133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest by Lauren Schaffer and Sandy Feischl Wasserman
A practical, humorous, must-have guide that will help parents cope with the realities of Empty Nest Syndrome.
You Know You’re an Empty Nester When…: A Hilarious Look at Life After Kids by Dianne Sundby, Ph.D.
Humorously depicts “life after kids” through captivating illustrations and incisive one-liners.
Empty Nest...Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College by Andrea VanSteenhouse, Ph.D.
The author chronicles the tumultuous journey from the senior year of high school, through the challenging summer, to the first year of college for students. Featuring an emphasis on the freshman experience, Empty Nest...Full Heart offers a lighthearted yet savvy look at this turbulent time. The book's generous and compassionate scope makes it lively, humorous, and emotionally resonant.
Helping Your First Year College Student Succeed by Richard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch of the National Orientation Director's Association
This informational pamphlet focuses on "letting go" as a long-term process that should never be completed. The authors encourage parents to renegotiate their relationship with their student as an adult. This concise guide features ten sections about the major events and feelings parents and students will likely experience during the first year of college and offers suggestions for resolving these issues. Click here to order online.
Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay
As you and your first-year college student begin the school year, many questions may arise. Parent Orientation will be one opportunity to get answers to your questions. Knowing what to ask will help you maximize the benefits of orientation. Use the strategies in Let the Journey Begin to tackle problems and find solutions. Start with these questions and review more FAQ's in Chapter 2. Remember, there is always something new to learn!
Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
Letting Go leads parents through the period of transition that their student experiences between the junior year of high school and college graduation. The authors explain how to distinguish normal development stages from problems that may require parental or professional intervention. The new edition explains the differences between college life today and the college life parents experienced twenty or thirty years ago. It features a completely new resource guide that introduces parents to campus technology, useful websites, and other organizations providing information on a wide range of topics.
When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara M. Newman and Philip Newman
This practical guide will answer that important question and tell you how to make the most of these exciting years. Topics covered in this book are: identity formation, values development, career exploration, social relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, romantic relationships, dorm life, personal freedom, depression, discrimination, and college bureaucracy.
Parents’ Guide to College Life by Robin Raskin
This book provides straight answers to questions about what your student will face in the college years. The author talked with deans and other administrators from more than 90 colleges as well as financial advisors, health experts, college students, and parents to find out exactly what you should know before sending your student to college.
I’ll Miss You Too by Margo E. Bane Woodacre, MSW & Stephanie Bane
Transitioning from high school to college is one of the most exciting and complicated experiences that parents and students face together. Woodacre and Bane, a mother and daughter, journey hand-in-hand through the parallel joys and challenges of the college adventure. Candid and practical, I’ll Miss You Too offers a fresh approach to communication and connection throughout the college years.