Parenting is hard work. Those of us who have been parents for a while know how difficult it can be. And as parents, we sometimes seek advice from the ”experts,” whether those experts are our friends, our own parents, our medical providers, or sometimes those who make it their business to work with and study parents.
We all need a little advice — and a little perspective.
Here’s a list of our top ten picks of good reads for parents as they think about their teenage, college age, or young adult. But the key is that it helps to start thinking and building the foundation early. Some of the experts tell us that our parenting style when our children are very young can influence how they function and cope as young adults.
We’ve reviewed all of these books and we think they can provide parents with guidance — or at least plenty of food for thought. If you’re already a college parent, it’s not too late! But if you have younger children, use these to get a head start. If you know someone with younger children, consider one (or more) of these as gifts to give them a head start.
Read our reviews. Pick one or two or three. Read them. Share them. Form a book club. Start conversations.
Foundational books for parents of younger children (but it’s not too late for college parents!)
For parents of older children, teens, and young adults (but you can’t start too early!)
Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by Richard Light Read our review
These are a few of our favorites, but don’t take our word for it. Check out our Resources page for many more options. There’s good reading out there for everyone!
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