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