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Recommended Reading

Remember the classic "What to Expect..." series for parents of young children? The authors of that series stopped far short of "What to Expect When Your Child is a College Student," but many other authors have picked up where they left off. When you get stuck, take a look at one of these resources for advice on helping your student have the best possible college experience.

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College. Patricia Pasick. 1998.

Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond. Janis Brody. 2001. A helpful website for parents of college students.

Confessions of a College Freshman: A Survival Guide for Dorm Life, Biology Lab, the Cafeteria, and Other First-Year Adventures. Zach Arrington. 2001. 

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.

Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to CollegeAndrea Van Steenhouse. 2002.

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

Getting Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go From Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care. Polly Berent. 2003.

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

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

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life. Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt. 2002. 

Let The Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College ExperienceJacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram. 2001. 

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

Life During College: Your Guide to Success. Life After Graduation. 2005. 

Living the College Life: Real StudentsReal Experiences. Real Advice. Kenneth Paulsen. 2005. 

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

Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Richard Light. 2004. 

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.

Parent Perspective. Student Health 101 is an interactive online magazine designed to engage students in making healthy decisions and developing the skills for success in school and beyond. The parent version of the magazine provides summaries of the articles to help you support your student.

Stop Parenting and Start Coaching. Carter Carol. 2003.

UniversityParentUniversityParent empowers college parents with the information they need to maintain healthy relationships with their student and provide support throughout their student’s college experience. Through print and online guides as well as E-newsletters, UniversityParent connects parents to information about their student’s university, directs them to available university resources, and answers many of their college-related questions.

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

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