Book Review: The iConnected Parent

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.  Please check out our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.

The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up
by Barbara K Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore should be required reading for any parent sending his or her child away to college. The authors perceptively hold a mirror up to allow parents to see themselves and understand why we feel the need to be so involved in and connected to our children’s lives.

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Sending Your Student the Best College Care Package Ever

Even in the age of electronic communication, college students love to receive “real” mail.  Perhaps the mail that college students love to receive the most are those care packages from home.  Nothing beats something put together lovingly from home, and receiving presents – even small tokens – really brightens a student’s day!

When to send a package

Care packages are appropriate at any time of the semester.  In fact, a package that is unexpected is often a double bonus.  However, care packages may be especially appreciated at particular times.

Sometime during those first couple of weeks for new students is a time when a package may be especially meaningful.  This might also be a good time to include a small item or two that the student might have forgotten to pack in the first place.  Other times when students especially appreciate a package can be those particularly stressful times of midterm and final exams, or send a package to celebrate an event, an award, a milestone or just as an unexpected surprise.  Something that might make your student smile, and think about home will be meaningful.  And if it contains food, it will be appreciated all the more!

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There’s an Upside to Sending Your Student to College

As you drop your student off for college, and then return to your empty nest, you may be thinking mostly about how much you’ll miss him.  You may be worrying about how quiet the house will seem without him.  You may or may not be worried about how well he will succeed at school, –  but you’re also thinking about the hole that remains in your family.

You’ll certainly miss your student.  And, although you may not believe it as you return to your empty (or at least emptier) house, you will get used to having your student away.  What you may or may not have thought about are some of the advantages of moving your college student out of the house and away at school.

We’d like to offer a slightly light-hearted reminder that there is an upside to sending your student away to college.


How to Make Your Parents’ Weekend Visit a Success

Parents’ Weekend at your student’s college may be just around the corner.  This may be your first opportunity to visit your freshman at his college.  He may or may not have been home for a visit already, but whether he’s been home or not, your first visit to his new home away from home can feel like a momentous occasion.

Parents’ Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for you and your student to spend some time together.  Each school organizes the event a bit differently, but the overall purpose and format are often similar.  Read an overview of Parents’ Weekend to understand better what to expect.

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Helicopter Parents Are Big Topic

As college students headed back to school this fall, Merriam Webster  announced that “helicopter parent” was now an entry in their dictionary. Helicopter Parents are an important topic.  Those same parents may now be dealing with the Empty Nest Syndrome.

I was privileged to be a guest this fall on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin show as together we explored the topics of helicopter parents and empty nests.  For those of us sending our students off to college, there’s lots of food for thought during this interview.

Listen to the Wisconsin Public Radio interview and then let us know your thoughts.  Have you just sent someone off to college?  Do you consider yourself a helicopter parent?  How are you coping with your empty nest?