- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 7, 2003

Books

“Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years,” by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, Perennial Books, 2003. The updated edition of this book explores all aspects of making the transition from high school.

“When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guide,” by Carol Barkin, Avon Books, 1999. This book offers practical advice and explains the difference between emotional and financial independence.

m”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, St. Martin’s, 2000. This book by two staff members at Cornell University has many hypothetical situations in which parents of college students might find themselves. It offers scripts and ideas for helping teens through those rough spots and keeping communication open even though children are away from home.

m”The Real World Aptitude Test: Preparing Yourself for Leaving Home,” by Homer E. Moyer Jr., Capital Books, 2003. This book offers questions and answers on anything one might need to know in a hurry including practical knowledge such as how to use jumper cables or make a hamburger.

Association

The American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NW, Washington DC 20002. Phone: 800/374-2721. Web site: www.apa.org. This professional organization has information on parenting college students and what emotions they might be feeling as they enter the real world.

Online

College Parents of America (www.collegeparents.org) is a national membership organization for parents of college students. It is primarily aimed at the finances of college, but there is other practical advice on the Web site.

About our Kids (www.aboutourkids.org), a site sponsored by the New York University Child Study Center, has fact sheets and tips on making the transition from high school to college or the working world.

Cap and Compass Inc. (www.capandcompass.com) is a company that offers seminars and reading materials about making the transition after college. The Web site offers updated information about local seminars as well as a chance to buy its book “Life After School. Explained.”

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