#020 – Our Favorite Summer Reads for College Parents

Whether you are doing your reading this summer on the beach or safely at home, it is always nice to have some new book suggestions. In this episode Lynn and Vicki share some of the college parenting books they have found helpful. These books offer parents support, encouragement, guidance and suggestions for all stages of the college parenting journey. Some of these books are for parents and some should definitely be shared with your students.

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Due to COVID-19, many of us may be doing our summer reading at home this year. But wherever it happens, summer seems like an ideal time to curl up with a good book.  And if you have a student who is headed to college in the fall, or who is already in college, there are plenty of books that can give you insight and advice.

Both Vicki and Lynn get excited about the many good books available for college parents, and love to share those titles with others. In this episode they share a dozen of their favorite books for college parents, high school parents, and even for college students. You probably won’t want to read all of them (but hurray for you if you do!), but there’s something here for everyone.

Check out the books mentioned in this episode!  Some of them have reviews on College Parent Central, and we’ve linked to those here as well.

Lynn’s favorite reads:

From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities by Elizabeth Hamblet

Special note: We’ve received a wonderful, generous offer from Elizabeth!  If you contact her directly, with the code College Parent Central, you can receive the book for 50% off as well as 50% off priority shipping.  Contact Elizabeth at echamblet@ldadvisory.com or through the contact link on her site ldadvisory.com. You’ll want to check out her site anyway.  Thank you, Elizabeth!

How to Raise an Adult: Breaking Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Check out our review of this book.)

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 (Check out our review of this book.)

The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: A Parents’ Guide to the New College Experience by Harlan Cohen

Off to College: A Guide for Parents by Martin H. Roger (Check out our review of this book.)

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties by Jeffrey J. Arnett (Check out our review of this book.)

Vicki’s favorite reads:

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey (Check out our review of this book.)

There is Life After College by Jeffrey Selingo (Check out our review of this book.)

College Secrets of Highly Successful People by Lindy and Tom Schneider (Check out our review of this book.)

It’s the Student Not the College by Kristin M. White (Check out our review of this book.)

Your Baby Freshman Is Off to College by Laurie Hazard and Stephanie Carter (Check our our review of this book.)

Put College to Work by Kat Clowes (Check out our review of this book)

It’s wasn’t an easy task to eliminate some great books and settle on just a dozen.  Check out our Resources page for even more suggestions  of helpful books.

And don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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