Recommended Readings

At the University of West Florida, we welcome parents and families as partners in your student's success. 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 may need to find the appropriate level of involvement with your student.


  • 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 
  • 2,002 Ways To Cheer Yourself Up Cyndi Haynes 
  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College By: Patricia Pasick 
  • Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond by Janis Brody 
  • Campus Daze, Easing the Transition from High School to College by George Gibbs 
  • 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 
  • The Debt-Free Graduate: How to Survive College or university Without Going Broke by Murray Baker 
  • 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. 
  • Doors Open from Both Sides by Margo Woodacre and Steffany Bane 
  • An Educated Choice: Advice for Parents of College Bound Students by Frank A. Brock 
  • 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 
  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • A Guide for Families of Commuter Students by Cathie Hatch and Tracy Skipper 
  • Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller 
  • Helping Your College Student Succeed: The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning by Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones 
  • 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 
  • How to Get the Most Out of College by Nancy Schlossberg and Arthur Chickering 
  • How to Help Your Teenager Find the Right Career by Charles Shield 
  • How to Survive and Thrive on an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown by Robert Lauer 
  • 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 
  • In addition to tuition: The parent's survival guide to freshman year of college by Borden, Marian Edelman, Burlinson, Mary Anne, & Kearns, Elsie R. 
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior to College Life by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Fugett Wyatt 
  • Lesson: Fable For Our Times Carol Lynn Pearson & Kathleen Peterson (2000) 
  • 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
  • Millennials Go to College: Strategies for a New Generation on Campus by William Strauss 
  • Millenials Rising by Neil Howe, William Strauss, R.J. Matson 
  • A new beginning: A survival guide for parents of college freshmen. (1998) McGarry, Kaye 
  • A New Chapter: How Parents Fit Into Their Students' Lives at College. 8-page pamphlet published by Paperclip Communications 
  • Once My Child, Now My Friend Elinor Lenz (1985) ISBN: 0446328804 
  • Organizing a Ground Crew for Today's Helicopter Parents. Coburn, Karen Levin (2006). About Campus, July-August. 
  • Parents’ Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You can Expect Over the Next Four Years, by Robins Raskin. Princeton Review, 2006. 
  • 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 
  • 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. 
  • Rising Millennials Face Worldview Conflict by Shirley A. Carson 
  • She's Leaving Home: Letting Go As Daughter Goes to College by Connie Jones 
  • Staying Connected Arnett, Jeffrey (2000). Emerging Adulthood: A theory of development from late teens through the twenties. American Psychologist, 55, 469-480. 
  • Students and their parents: where do campuses fit in? Forbes, Karen J. (2001). About Campus, September-October, 11-17. 
  • Tuesdays With Morrie Mitch Albom (2002) 
  • The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks Will Keim, Will S. Keim (1997) 
  • The Ultimate College Survival Guide by Janet Farrar Worthington and Ronald T. Farrar 
  • When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student Arthur Levine (1998) 
  • When Kids Go Home: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships by Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman 
  • When Your Kid Goes to College; A Parents Survival Guide by Carol Barkin 
  • When Your Kids Go To College by Lucantoni N. Salvi and Michael J. Hunt 
  • Words to Live By: A Journal of Wisdom for Someone You Love by Emily Marshall and Kate Marshall 
  • You're on Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage 2003
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