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Recommended Reading

Remember the classic "What to Expect..." series for parents of young children? The authors of that series stopped short of "What to Expect When Your Child is a College Student," but many others have picked up where they left off. When you get stuck, take a look at one of these resources for advice and suggestions about how you can coach and support your student.

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Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years. Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller. 2011.

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Jean M. Twenge. PhD. 2007.

Getting to 30: A Parent's Guide to the 20-Something Years. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Fishel. 2014.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Julie Lythcott-Haims. 2016.

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Jean M. Twenge. PhD. 2018.

I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students. Margo E. Woodacre Bane and Steffany Bane. 2006.

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years. Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Teeger. 2009.

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. Rebekah Nathan. 2006.

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, 2nd Edition. Harlan Cohen. 2005.

Parents' Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You Can Expect Over the Next Four Years. Robin Raskin. 2006.

Stop Parenting and Start Coaching. Carter Carol. 2003.

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide. Carol Barkin. 2009.

Your Freshman is Off to College: A Month-by-Month Guide to the First Year. Laurie Hazard and Stephanie Carter. 2016.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years. Marjorie Savage. 2003.

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