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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.


    • Parent Toolkit: Advice and ideas for supporting your student's growing independence.
    • College Parents Matter: Tools and scripts to improve communication with your college student, particularly around alcohol and high-risk drinking situations.
    • JED Foundation Families and Communities: Many resources to help you recognize the signs of a potential emotional problem and help your student find the proper support and treatment.
    • Anxiety and Depression Association: Tips for helping college students who may be dealing with an anxiety disorder, depression, or other mental health conditions.
    • Going to College: What Families Need to Know About Sexual Assault and Safety on Campus
    • Student Health 101: Online magazine designed to help you engage your student in making healthy decisions and developing the skills for success in school and beyond.
    • Collegiate Parent. Collegiate Parent empowers college parents with the information they need to maintain healthy relationships with their student and provide support throughout their student’s college experience.
    • Set To Go: A program that guides students and families through the social, emotional and mental health challenges related to the transition out of high school to college and adulthood.
    • Grown and Flown: A blog that offers a variety of parent and family perspectives.
    • Your Teen for Parents: Admission, campus visit, and other advice for parenting college-aged teens.

    On Your Bookshelf

    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.