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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years (Paperback)
For more than a decade Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children's college years—from the senior year in high school through college graduation. Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, this indispensable book has been updated and revised, offering even more compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information.
- 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 for parents?
- What is different about today's college environment?
- What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?
About the Author
Karen Levin Coburn is the Senior Consultant in Residence and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students at Washington University in St. Louis.
Madge Lawrence Treeger is a psychotherapist and a longtime member of the Washington University Counseling Service.
“A sensitive, informative and well-written guide to help parents know what their children are getting into when they leave for college. Full of practical advice and psychological insight, it’s a better antidote than Valium for the anxieties parents feel as they prepare to let their children go.”
-Ben Lieber, Dean of Students, Amherst College
“A seminal source of information for families and their college-bound children.”
-Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University
“Filled with practical and up-to-date information, Letting Go is must-reading for parents embarking on this next stage of life with their soon-to-be college students. Undoubtedly, the best guide available today.”
-Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Miami
“As a high school principal, I find Letting Go to be an invaluable resource. Written in a humorous and accessible style, it answers the questions ‘What happens next and how can you deal with it?’”
-Louise Losos, Principal, Clayton High School, Clayton, Missouri