Congratulations! Your college student is about to graduate, or perhaps has graduated from college. He is ready to take on the world! But, as we all know, that doesn’t mean that your job is done. You’ve done your work as a college parent, but now a different, and in some ways even more delicate form of parenting begins. Your student may have a job and be out on his own. He may have moved on to graduate school. He may be returning to your nest for a while. Current research and theory suggest that students who graduate from college are part of that group now being identified as “emerging adults” – certainly not children or adolescents, but yet not quite adults yet. As a parent of an emerging adult, you now have a new role.
This post includes a list of nine books which may be of interest to parents of college graduates. The list is not exhaustive, there are certainly even more resources available, but this list should give parents a good start on material to support them through this interesting time. All of the books have different styles and approaches, so it is important to find the books which resonate for you.