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 First Year Experience & Parent Programs is to assist you in supporting the social 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.

Empty Nest

133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest: A Parent's Guide for Surviving the Empty Nest Syndrome

By Lauren Shaffer and Sandy Fleischl Wasserman

The Empty Nest: When Children Leave Home

By Shelley Bovey

Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College

By Andrea Van Steenhouse

Empty-Nest Parenting: Adjusting Your Stewardship as Your Children Leave Home

By Richard M. Eyre

How to Survive and Thrive on an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown

By Robert Lauer

Mental Health

2,002 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

By Cyndi Haynes

Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health

By Dianne Hales and Robert E. Hales

College of the Overwhelmed

By Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy


Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College

By Patricia Pasick

Campus Daze, Easing the Transition from High School to College

By George Gibbs

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

The Ultimate College Survival Guide

By Janet Farrar Worthington and Ronald T. Farrar

When Your Kids Go to College

By Lucantoni N. Salvi and Michael J. Hunt

Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student

By Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean

Parenting Tips

Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond

By Janis Brody

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

An Educated Choice: Advice for Parents of College Bound Students

By Frank A. Brock

A Guide for Families of Commuter Students

By Cathie Hatch and Tracy Skipper

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

The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior to College Life

By Laura Kastner and Jennifer Fugett Wyatt

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience

By Jacqueline MacKay and Wanda Ingram

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years

By Karen Levin Cobum and Madge Lawrence Treger


The Debt-Free Graduate: How to Survive College or University Without Going Broke

By Murray Baker


Helping Your College Student Succeed: The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning

By Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones

Parent/Student Relationship

Doors Open from Both Sides

By Margo Woodacre

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

She's Leaving Home: Letting Go As Daughter Goes to College

By Connie Jones

When Kids Go Home: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships

By Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman

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

By Marjorie Savage