This post includes a list of twelve books of interest to parents of college students. We’ve previously suggested fourteen additional titles which you might want to check out. There are certainly other resources available, but these two lists should give parents a good start on material to support them through the college years. All of the books have different styles and approaches, so it is important to find the books which resonate for you.
We are not necessarily endorsing these books, but we’d like to help you find materials available. You won’t want to read them all, but you might look for some titles that intrigue you.
Over the next few months, we hope to review some of these books to provide a bit more guidance about their content and approaches. Check our ”Reviews” category to see what we’ve reviewed so far. Happy reading!
In Addition to Tuition: The Parents’ Survival Guide to Freshman Year of College (order directly from Amazon)
Borden, Marian Edelman, Burlinson, Mary Anne, Kerns, Elsie R.
(1996) Checkmark Books
Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond (order directly from Amazon)
(2001) Taylor Trade Publishing
Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual(order directly from Amazon)
Carr, Marie; Carr, Katherine; Carr, Ann
(2009) Dicmar Publishing
(Read our review of Sending Your Child to College.)
College Survival Tips for Parents: Fostering Growth and Independence in Your Kids (order directly from Amazon)
(2008) BookSurge Publishing
She’s Leaving Home: Letting Go As My Daughter Goes to College (order directly from Amazon)
(2002) Andrews McMeel Publishing
The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life (order directly from Amazon)
Kastner, Laura, Wyatt, Jennifer
(2002) Three Rivers Press
Give Them Wings: Preparing for the Time Your Teens Leave Home (order directly from Amazon)
A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen (3rd edition) (order directly from Amazon)
McGarry, Kaye Bernard, M.Ed.
(2008) Survival in College Press
When Kids Go to College: A Parent’s Guide to Changing Relationships (order directly from Amazon)
Newman, Barbara M. and Newman, Phillip
(1992) Ohio State University Press
Parents’ Guide to College Life (order directly from Amazon)
(2006) The Princeton Review
(Read our review of Parents’ Guide to College Life.)
What to Expect When Your Child Leaves for College: A Complete Guide for Parents Only (order directly from Amazon)
(2008) Atlantic Publishing Company
Parenting College Students: 27 Winning Strategies for Success (order directly from Amazon)
If you’ve read any of these books, please leave a comment and share your opinion and recommendations. We’d love to hear what you think
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