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    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 Parent & Family 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