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Suggested Reading List

For Family Members of New Students

The following publications are available online and in local bookstores if you are seeking additional resources to provide information about the college transition and how it can affect both students and parents.

Welcome to the Time of Your Life! 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Written by Dr. Will Keim

The book has 21 lessons organized in four stages:

  • ARRIVE: Scholarship, Writing, Speaking, Character, Relationships
  • SURVIVE: Stress, Freedom, Health, Eating Disorders, Letting Go
  • THRIVE: Peacemaking, Diversity, Service, Spirituality, Financial Literacy
  • ASPIRE HIGHER: Leadership, Citizenship, Sportsmanship, Trees of Self-Realization and Self-Defeat

The lessons are presented in a workbook format, providing experiential as well as conceptual learning.

Why We Hover: Parenting at the Speed of Life

Written by Dr. Will Keim

In Why We Hover, parents will discover three sections; The College Section, The Parent Section, and The Student Section which provide an excellent orientation to the nuances of collegiate life and the issues parents may face as students are in transition.

Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent’s Guide to the Very Best College Experience (for You and Your Child)

 by Harlan Cohen (Sourcebooks, 2010)

The Happiest Kid on Campus is a witty and wise guide to everything you need to know about the college experience. Harlan Cohen, delivers the best advice, facts, stats, tips, and stories from parents, students, and experts across the country to ensure that you and your child will have an incredible and meaningful college experience. Sections include:

  • The Summer Before College
  • Paying the Bills
  • Calling, Texting, and Facebooking
  • The First Few Months
  • To A or Not to B (Grades)
  • Keeping Them Safe

Empty Nest...Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College

Written by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D.

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. Featuring an emphasis on the freshman experience, Empty Nest...Full Heart offers a lighthearted yet savvy look at this turbulent time. The book's generous and compassionate scope makes it lively, humorous, an emotionally resonant

The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting them Grow Up

 by Barbara K. Hofer & Abigail Sullivan Moore (Atria Books, 2011)

Launched on the CBS Early Show and featured in the Los Angeles TimesPeople, and the Chicago Tribune, among other major media, The iConnected Parent is the first book to present groundbreaking information and interviews on how much is too much connection between parents and kids in the college years and beyond.

Parents and kids are more than ever in constant contact. Today’s iConnected parents say they are closer to their kids than their parents were to them—and this generation of families prefers it that way. Parents are their children’s mentors, confidants, and friends—but is this good for the kids? Are parents really letting go—and does that matter?

Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money

Written by Helen E. Johnson and 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, Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money shows parents how to influence their college student while still supporting their independence. The authors offer valuable insight into the minds of college students and provide parents with simple suggestions for improving communication with their children. Filled with humorous anecdotes and realistic dialogs between parents and students, this comprehensive guide covers a wide range of issues including financial matters, academic concerns, social adjustment, and postgraduate choices.

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

Written by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years 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. The new edition explains the differences between college life today and the college life parents experienced twenty or thirty years ago. It features a completely new resource guide that introduces parents to campus technology, useful websites, and other organizations providing information on a wide range of topics.

When Your Kid Goes to College A Parents' Survival Guide

Written by Carol Barkin

You've taught them how to do their laundry, brought them a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and don'ts of life beyond your home. The time has come for your child to leave for college -- but are you prepared to say goodbye? Written by a mother who survived the perils of packing her own child off to school, When Your Kid Goes to College provides supportive, reassuring, and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.

When Kids Go to College: A Parents’ Guide to Changing Relationships

Written by Barbara M. Newman and Philip Newman

When Kids Go to College: A Parent’s Guide to Changing Relationships is a practical guide that helps parents understand how to make the most of the exciting college years. Topics covered in this book are: identity formation, values development, career exploration, social relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, romantic relationships, residence hall life, personal freedom, depression, discrimination, and college bureaucracy.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years

Written by Marjorie Savage, Parent Program Director at the University of Minnesota

Parents whose kids are away at college have a tough tightrope to walk: they naturally want to stay connected to their children, yet they also need to let go. What's more, kids often send mixed messages: they crave space, but they rely on their parents' advice and assistance. Not surprisingly, it's hard to know when it's appropriate to get involved in your child's life and when it's better to back off.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me) helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Marjorie Savage, who as a parent herself empathizes with moms and dads, but who as a student services professional understands kids, offers advice on wide-ranging issues. With anecdotes and suggestions from experienced parents and college staffs nationwide, the strategies and tips provided throughout will help you to create a loving, supportive partnership responsive to the needs of both you and your children.

This book is available at the UCSD Bookstore.

There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

 By Jeffrey J. Selingo (Harper Collins, 2016)

There Is Life After College offers students, parents, and even recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to jumpstart their careers. Education expert Jeffrey Selingo answers key questions—Why is the transition to post-college life so difficult for many recent graduates? How can graduates market themselves to employers that are reluctant to provide on-the-job training? What can institutions and individuals do to end the current educational and economic stalemate?—and offers a practical step-by-step plan every young professional can follow. From the end of high school through college graduation, he lays out exactly what students need to do to acquire the skills companies want.

The Parent's Guide To College For Students On The Autism Spectrum

By Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, Lorraine E. Wolf, PhD, Lisa King, MsEd and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, MEd

Sending a son or daughter off to college is daunting and fear-provoking experience for most parents, but if your child has an autism spectrum disorder, the challenge is magnified many times over. Even high-functioning students with excellent academic preparation face difficulties in higher education, primarily related to communication, social skills, and sensory-based issues. For many, the accommodations and special interventions that supported them in high school will no longer be available on a college campus. 

The Parent's Guide To College For Students On The Autism Spectrum is a parent-friendly book, made especially so because it is written by parents, who also are autism professionals, takes the fear and mystery out of the college experience.

 

 

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