Recommended Readings

At the University of Alabama, we welcome parents and families as partners in your student's success at the Capstone. Our goal in the Office of Parent Programs is to assist you in supporting the transition and academic success of your student. The following parenting resources will provide information you need to find the appropriate level of involvement with your student.

  1. 133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest: A Parent’s Guide for Surviving the Empty Nest Syndrome by Lauren Schaffer and Sandy Fleischl Wasserman
  2. 2,002 Ways To Cheer Yourself Up Cyndi Haynes
  3. Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College By: Patricia Pasick
  4. Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond by Janis Brody
  5. Campus Daze, Easing the Transition from High School to College by George Gibbs
  6. Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health by Dianne Hales and Robert E. Hales
  7. College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy
  8. The Debt-Free Graduate: How to Survive College or university Without Going Broke by Murray Baker
  9. 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.
  10. Doors Open from Both Sides by Margo Woodacre and Steffany Bane
  11. An Educated Choice: Advice for Parents of College Bound Students by Frank A. Brock
  12. The Empty Nest: When Children Leave Home by Shelley Bovey
  13. Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse
  14. Empty-Nest Parenting: Adjusting Your Stewardship as Your Children Leave Home by Richard M. Eyre
  15. A family guide to academic advising.  Smith, Donald C. & Gordon, Virginia N. (2003). National Academic Advising Association, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.
  16. Getting Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know before You Go from Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care by Polly Berent
  17. A Guide for Families of Commuter Students by Cathie Hatch and Tracy Skipper
  18. Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
  19. Helping Your College Student Succeed: The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning by Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones
  20. Helping your first-year college student succeed: A guide for parents. South Carolina: The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition by R.H. Mullendore and C. Hatch
  21. How to Get the Most Out of College by Nancy Schlossberg and Arthur Chickering
  22. How to Help Your Teenager Find the Right Career by Charles Shield
  23. How to Survive and Thrive on an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown by Robert Lauer
  24. I'll Miss You Too: A Parent and Student Guide to Opening Doors and Staying Connected during the College Years by Margo E. Bane Woodacre, and Steffany Bane
  25. In addition to tuition: The parent's survival guide to freshman year of college by Borden, Marian Edelman, Burlinson, Mary Anne, & Kearns, Elsie R.
  26. The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior to College Life by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Fugett Wyatt
  27. Lesson: Fable For Our Times Carol Lynn Pearson & Kathleen Peterson (2000)
  28. Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience by Jacqueline MacKay and Wanda Ingram
  29. Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Cobum and Madge Lawrence Treger
  30. Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus by William Strauss
  31. Millenials Rising by Neil Howe, William Strauss, R.J. Matson
  32. A new beginning: A survival guide for parents of college freshmen. (1998) McGarry, Kaye
  33. A New Chapter: How Parents Fit Into Their Students' Lives at College. 8-page pamphlet published by PaperClip Communications
  34. Once My Child, Now My Friend Elinor Lenz (1985) ISBN: 0446328804
  35. Organizing a Ground Crew for Today's Helicopter Parents. Coburn, Karen Levin (2006). About Campus, July-August.
  36. Parents’ Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You can Expect Over the Next Four Years, by Robins Raskin. Princeton Review, 2006.
  37. A Parent's Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out : Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn't Want You to Ask by Joel Epstein
  38. The Parent Project: What parents want from the college experience. Turrentine, Cathryn; Shnure, Stacey L.; Ostroth, D. David; & Ward-Roof, Jeannine A. (2000). NASPA Journal, 38, 1, 31-43.
  39. Rising Millennials Face Worldview Conflict by Shirley A. Carson
  40. She's Leaving Home: Letting Go As Daughter Goes to College by Connie Jones
  41. Staying Connected Arnett, Jeffrey (2000). Emerging Adulthood: A theory of development from late teens through the twenties. American Psychologist, 55, 469-480.
  42. Students and their parents: where do campuses fit in? Forbes, Karen J. (2001). About Campus, September-October, 11-17.
  43. Tuesdays With Morrie Mitch Albom (2002)
  44. The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks Will Keim, Will S. Keim (1997)
  45. The Ultimate College Survival Guide by Janet Farrar Worthington and Ronald T. Farrar
  46. When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student Arthur Levine (1998)
  47. When Kids Go Home: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman
  48. When Your Kid Goes to College; A Parents Survival Guide by Carol Barkin
  49. When Your Kids Go To College by Lucantoni N. Salvi and Michael J. Hunt
  50. Words to Live By: A Journal of Wisdom for Someone You Love by Emily Marshall and Kate Marshall
  51. You're on Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage 2003