From time to time, we like to review some of the books available for parents of college students. There is a wealth of literature available to help parents cope with the transition to college and the changes that occur throughout the college years. We’ve created lists of recommended reading, and there is something for everyone. Check out our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.
In this review, we’ll take a look at I’ll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students
by Margo E. Bane Woodacre and Steffany Bane. This mother-daughter pair has teamed up to write a book that is useful for both parents and their students. It is a good book to read together — and hopefully have it prompt some conversations.
The most unique feature about this book is its personal nature. Neither author is a college expert, but both have lived the college experience — as parent and student. Both mother and daughter describe how each saw, felt, and learned from the various experiences of the college transition period. The two points of view represent both sides of the transition. The book starts with the senior year of high school and continues through the senior year in college, focusing a chapter on each phase along the way. Stories in the book draw on the personal journeys of both mother and daughter, as well as a few experiences shared by other families and college counselors.