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"Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money"

Written 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 dialogs between parents and students, this comprehensive guide covers a wide range of issues, including financial matters, academic concerns, social adjustment and postgraduate choices.

"Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College"

Written 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"

Written 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 10 sections about the major events and feelings parents and students will likely experience during the first year of college and offers suggestions for resolving issues.

"Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience"

Written 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 your orientation. Use the strategies in Let the Journey Begin to tackle problems and find solutions.

"Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years"

Written by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Letting Go leads parents through the transition that their student experiences between the junior year of high school and college graduation. The authors explain how to distinguish normal developmental 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 20 or 30 years ago. It features a completely new resource guide that introduces parents to campus technology, useful Web sites and other organizations that provide information about a wide range of topics.

"Studying Smart: Time Management for College Students"

Written by Diana Schart-Hunt and Pam Hait

An invaluable resource for college students, Studying Smart teaches a proven system for managing time to complete all of one's work successfully. The authors offer tips to estimate how long an assignment will take, how to take notes efficiently, how to achieve top grades and more.

"You're on Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years"

Written by Marjorie Savage

This book helps to recognize the boundaries for a parent and student between necessary involvement and respect for independence. As a parent, Marjorie Savage empathizes with moms and dads. At the same time, as a professional working in student services, she understands the complexity of students’ issues.

"When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships"

Written by Barbara M. Newman and Philip Newman

This practical guide will answer your questions and help you make the most of these exciting years. Topics covered include: identity formation, values development, career exploration, social relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, romantic relationships, dorm life, personal freedom, depression, discrimination and college bureaucracy.


College Parents of America                                                

"College parents of America (CPA) is the only national membership association dedicated to helping parents prepare and put their children through college easily, economically and safely. Today, college parents represent an estimated 12 million households. An additional 24 million households are currently saving and otherwise preparing children for college. CPA is a resource, an adviser and an advocate working on behalf of these millions of families."

Alcohol, Other Drugs and College: A Parent's Guide

This guide prepares parents by providing advice about communicating with their college student and important questions to ask of prospective colleges.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

PFLAG is an excellent site offering general information about issues facing GLBT individuals and how their loved ones may assist and advocate for them.

The Parent Connection

This site offers information for parents on alcohol and other drug prevention.