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. See our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.
This month we’re looking at a book that isn’t specifically about college parenting, but will be helpful to all parents as you live through those teenage years and prepare for the college years. A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman is subtitled Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out. Parents often do “freak out” as they approach the college years and this book may help them feel a little more comfortable.
Geltman is a psychologist who has both worked with parents for several years, but also taught college students. She looks at teen issues and parenting as a professional counselor, a college instructor, and a parent. We think this triple perspective is part of what makes this book so helpful. Geltman’s style is down-to-earth, no-nonsense, practical and easy to read.