Parenting College Students: Reading List #5

This post includes a list of ten books of interest to parents of college students.  We’ve previously published a list of twelve books, a list of fourteen titles, another list of twelve additional titles, and still another list of fourteen titles which you might want to check out. There are certainly even more resources available, but these lists should give parents a good start on more than enough 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 material available.  You won’t want to read them all, but you might look for some titles and approaches that intrigue you.

Over the next few months, we will continue to review some of these books to provide a bit more guidance about their content and perspective.  Check our ”Reviews” category to see what we’ve reviewed so far.  Happy reading!

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out

Joan Geltman

(2014) AMACOM


Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student

Arthur Levine and Diane Dean

(2012) Jossey-Bass

(Read our review of Generation on a Tightrope.)


How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Julie Lythcott-Haims

(2015) Henry Holt & Co.


Off to College: A Guide for Parents

Roger H. Martin

(2015) University of Chicago Press


Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children

Ruth Nemzoff

(2008) St. Martin’s Griffin

(Read our review of Don’t Bite Your Tongue.)


UniversityParent Guide to Supporting your Student’s Freshman Year

Diane Schwemm (editor)

(2014) University Parent


I Wish I Knew It Before Sending My Child To College

Gabriel Simone

(2014) Amazon Digital Services


The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College

Jacques Steinberg

(2002) Penguin Books

(Read our review of The Gatekeepers.)


It’s the Student, Not the College: The Secrets of Succeeding at Any SchoolWithout Going Broke or Crazy

Kristin M. White

(2015) The Experiment


The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College

Kristin M. White

(2009) Jossey-Bass


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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