Suggested Reading List
for Parents and Families

Families Count at CSU Dominguez Hills!

Letting Go

Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years
by Karen Coburn & Madge Treeger

Letting Go 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.

Almost Grown

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College
by Patricia Pasick

A guide for parents to the final years of high school and first years of college, offering intelligent counsel not only in practical issues such as developing a college search plan or handling questions of money, sex, and substance abuse, but also in the psychological issues that arise during this family transition.

You're On Your Own

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

A guide that helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence.

 When Your Kid Goes to College

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents' Survival Guide
by Carol Barkin

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.

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

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

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 their college years.

133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When The Kids Fly the Nest

133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest
by Lauren Schaffer and Sandy Feischl Wasserman

A practical, humorous, must-have guide that will help parents cope with the realities of Empty Nest Syndrome.

Empty Nester

You Know You’re an Empty Nester When…
A Hilarious Look at Life After Kids
by Dianne Sundby, Ph.D.

Humorously depicts “life after kids” through captivating illustrations and incisive one-liners.

Empty Nest...Full Heart

Empty Nest... Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College
by Andrea VanSteenhouse, 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, and emotionally resonant.

Let the Journey Begin

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience
by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay

As you and your first-year college student begin the school year, many questions may arise. Parent Orientation will be one opportunity to get answers to your questions. Knowing what to ask will help you maximize the benefits of orientation. Use the strategies in Let the Journey Begin to tackle problems and find solutions.

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

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

This practical guide will answer that important question and tell you how to make the most of these exciting years. Topics covered in this book are: identity formation, values development, career exploration, social relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, romantic relationships, dorm life, personal freedom, depression, discrimination, and college bureaucracy.

Parents' Guide to College Life

Parents’ Guide to College Life
by Robin Raskin    

This book provides straight answers to questions about what your student will face in the college years. The author talked with deans and other administrators from more than 90 colleges as well as financial advisors, health experts, college students, and parents to find out exactly what you should know before sending your student to college.

I'll Miss You Too

I’ll Miss You Too
by Margo E. Bane Woodacre, MSW & Stephanie Bane

Transitioning from high school to college is one of the most exciting and complicated experiences that parents and students face together. Woodacre and Bane, a mother and daughter, journey hand-in-hand through the parallel joys and challenges of the college adventure. Candid and practical, I’ll Miss You Too offers a fresh approach to communication and connection throughout the college years.