Resources for Parents
College Parent Central — www.collegeparentcentral.com
Designed to give parents information and food for thought about college and the specifics of parenting a college student. If you have a kid attending college or getting ready to go, you should find this site helpful.
College Tips for Parents — www.collegetipsforparents.org
Designed to help parents of college students or parents of high school students preparing to enter college. Postings include news items and info of interest to parents. Other topics include money saving tips, campus trends, and other areas that parents should consider. You’ll also find tips on teaching young adults the basics of money management.
SayStudent.com — www.saystudent.com
Students and parents should work together to create a budget plan for college. This site provides tips to set up a college budget, manage spending, and tools to help keep costs down.
College Parents of America — collegeparents.org
The only national membership association dedicated to advocating and serving on the behalf of current and future college parents.
College Board — www.collegeboard.com
A guide to college, financial aid, scholarships, grants, and related topics.
College Prep; SAT and ACT Test Preparation Tips and Resources —
Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money:
The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years
by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
This completely revised and updated edition prepares parents for the issues they will encounter during their son or daughter's college years. Since the original publication over a decade ago, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of mobile and internet technology. The birth of the term 'helicopter parent' is due in part to the instant and frequent connectivity that parents have with their children today. Parents are struggling with the appropriate use of communicative technology and aren't aware of its impact on their child's development, both personally and academically.
With straightforward practicality and using humorous and helpful case examples and dialogues, Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money helps parents lay the groundwork for a new kind of relationship so that they can help their child more effectively handle everything they'll encounter during college.
I'll Miss You Too: An Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students
by Margo Ewing Woodacre and Steffany Bane Carey
Leaving home and starting college is a major life transition — for students and parents. This guidebook helps new students and parents successfully navigate the college years, and not only protect their unique relationship, but help it to grow as well.
I'll Miss You Too is unique in that it is written from both sides of the mother-daughter relationship, providing valuable insight into the issues that parent and child face, including: The 10 major traumas of empty nesters (and their solutions) • Tips for students making the transition to the "real world" • Communication issues, and how to set healthy expectations • Most common problems of leaving home (for both parents and students) • Coming back home for the first time, and much more.
This poignant and humorous guidebook provides the kind of perspective that leads to understanding, and opens the door for meaningful discussion between parent and child.
Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
For more than a decade, Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insight, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children’s college years — from senior year in high school through college graduation.
Based on real-life experience, and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, this book has been updated and revised, offering even more compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information, including: When should parents encourage independence? • When should they intervene? • What issues of identity and intimacy await students? • What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students — and parents? • What is different about today’s college environment? • What new concerns about safety, health, wellness, and stress surround incoming classes?
When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide
by Carol Barkin
You've taught them how to do their laundry, bought them a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and don't's 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.
Comprehensive and accessible, this practical guide includes info on: Teaching your child how to live on their own, from balancing a checkbook to dealing with a roommate • The difference between financial and emotional independence — and how to keep them separate • Helping your spouse, younger children, and even pets deal with the transition when your child leaves — and returns • How to fill and even enjoy the hole your child's absence leaves • Saying goodbye isn't the end of the world; it's the beginning of an exciting new one!
You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me):
Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
by Marjorie Savage
Parents whose kids are away at college have a tightrope to walk: they 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 rely on their parents' advice and assistance. It's hard to know when to get involved and when to back off. You're On Your Own helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Marjorie Savage empathizes with moms and dads, but as a student services professional, understands kids.
The book offers advice on wide-ranging issues, including: How to cope with your family's mood changes in the months before moving day • Why students complain about the food but still manage to gain 15 pounds the first year • How to teach basic financial responsibility, including handling credit cards and academic expenses • When parental intervention is critical.
With anecdotes and suggestions from experienced parents and college staff, these strategies and tips will help you to create a loving, supportive partnership responsive to the needs of both you and your children.