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Suggested Readings for Parents

Suggested Reading List for Family Members of New Students

Compiled by Maureen Rondy from Central Michigan University

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Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, written by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller

When children leave for college, many parents feel uncertain about their shifting roles. By emphasizing the importance of being a mentor to your college student, this book shows parents how to influence their college student while still supporting their independence.

Empty Nest...Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College, written by Andrea Van Steenhouse

The author chronicles the tumultuous journey from the senior year of high school, through the challenging summer, to the first year of college for students.

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience, written by Jacqueline MacKay & Wanda Ingram

As you and your first-year college student begin the school year, many questions may arise. This resource will be one opportunity to learn how to get answers to your questions.

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, written by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

This book leads parents through the period of transition that their student experiences between the junior year of high school and college graduation. The authors explain how to distinguish normal development stages from problems that may require parental or professional intervention.

When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships, written by Barbara M. Newman & Philip Newman

This practical guide will answer that important question and tell you how to make the most of the college years.