8 Summer Reading Recommendations for College Parents
For many people, the pace of life in the summer slows a bit. There may be more time for some of the activities we can’t fit in during the year. For many, there may finally be more time for a good read – perhaps even beach reading! For college parents, or almost college parents, this may be an ideal time to do a little reading about what to expect when your student heads off. You know that your parenting job isn’t done – but it will definitely change. These titles will help you know what to expect.
We’ve published several reading lists of books for parents. (See the end of this post for links to those lists.) We recommend that you take time to browse the lists and find some titles that intrigue you. We’ve also published several reviews which might help you make some choices. The books are varied in information and approach and we’re sure you’ll find something helpful.
We’d like to suggest here eight of our favorite books. There are many other good books out there, but these have proven to be valuable because of their approach and because of the ideas they present. Consider picking up a couple (or all) of these as you head to the beach this summer!
The iConnected Parent by Barbara Hofer
How the electronic tether of technology is changing the way we parent.
The Happiest Kid on Campus by Harlan Cohen
New edition called The Naked Roommate – for Parents Only
The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg
Especially helpful for those still facing the admissions process.
Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties – by Jeffrey Arnett
Not specifically college parenting, but important insight into college age kids.
Making the Most of College by Richard Light
A college professor’s insight about the characteristics of successful students.
You’re On Your Own But I’m Here if You Need Me by Marjorie Savage
The name says it all. One of the important mainstays of college parenting literature.
And two titles to share with your student:
Been There Should’ve Done That by Suzette Tyler
Advice for students by students.
The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen
Valuable advice in spite of the off-beat title.
Doing a little reading this summer should give you some food for thought, and help make the fall transition to college a bit easier on everyone. Remember, you’re not in this alone!