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Parent/Family Suggested Reading List

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Don't Tell Me what To Do, Just Send Money - Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

     This completely revised and updated edition of Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money prepares parents for the issues that they will encounter during their children's college years. Since our original publication over ten years ago, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of cell phone and internet technology. The birth of the term 'helicopter parent' is, in part, due to the instant and frequent connectivity that parents have with their children today. Parents are struggling with the appropriate use of communicative technology and aren't aware of its impact on their child's development, both personally and academically.

With straightforward practicality and using humorous and helpful case examples and dialogues, Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money helps parents lay the groundwork for a new kind of relationship so that they can help their child more effectively handle everything they'll encounter during their college years.


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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years -  Karen Levin Coburn

     This bestselling guide, read by hundreds of thousands of parents over the past decade, is now better than ever, newly revised and completely updated. Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years.

  • When should parents encourage independence?
  • When should they intervene?
  • What issues of identity and intimacy await students?
  • What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students and for parents?
  • What is different about today's college environment?
  • What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?

     These important issues and more are addressed with wise advice and time-tested counsel in Letting Go - a realistic and reassuring source for meeting the challenges ahead, from the senior year in high school through college graduation. Insightful, expanded, and experience-driven, this bestselling guide to the college years combines the timeless wisdom of past editions with the latest research on campus life.


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When Your Kid Goes To College A Parents Survival Guide - Lucantoni Salvi

     You've taught them how to do their laundry, brought them a year supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and dont's of life beyond your home. The time has come for your child to leave for college -- but are you prepared to say goodbye?

Written by a mother who survived the perils of packing her own child off to school, When Your Kid Goes to College provides supportive, reassuring, and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.

Comprehensive and accessible, this practical guide includes info on:

  • Teaching your child how to live on his own, from balancing a checkbook to dealing with a roomate.
  • The difference between financial and emotioanl dependence -- and how to keep them separate.
  • Helping your spouse, younger children, and even pets deal with the transition when your child leaves -- and when he/she returns.
  • How to fill -- and even enjoy -- the hole that your child's absence leaves.

Saying goodbye isn't the end of the world; it's the beginning of an exciting new one for your child-and you!


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"When Your Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships" -  Barbara M. Newman

           "A great deal has been said to parents about preparing their children for college, but too little about what to do when they are at college.  Recognizing that parents play an enormously important role in the academic success of their children, the Newmans give us a parents' version of the college student handbook.  This book helps parents understand how to support the success of their children who face many challenges during the higher education experience."
- E. Gordon Gee, Ph. D. President, The Ohio State University