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College Ready 2023

The first year of college is full of excitement and uncertainty for students and parents.The 2023 college experience will be different from anything a parent might have experienced themselves, or anything they have experienced with other children, as each college student’s journey is unique. Sending a student to college can change your family dynamics, your household structure, and the way you spend your time and money. And there are additional unknowns as students begin college in 2023. Incoming college students have experienced academic disruption with COVID-19 and may not fully understand how to manage their time, and the study skills needed for college-level work.

College Ready 2023 is edited by Chelsea Petree, Ph.D., who is the Director of Parent and Family Programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Each contributor to College Ready 2023 is a current or former college administrator who has worked extensively with parents and families of students. They are all members of AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education, the only professional association in the world dedicated to parent/family involvement in the college experience.

Stressed Years of Our Lives

The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years

Dr. B. Janet Hibbs & Dr. Anthony Rostain

From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what’s normal mental health and behavior, what’s not, and how to intervene before it’s too late.

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The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: Calling, Not Calling, Roommates, Relationships, Friends, Finances, and Everything Else That Really Matters when Your Child Goes to College

Harlan Cohen

If your child is starting life in college, there's a surprise around every corner...But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only is a witty and wise guide to everything you need to know about the college experience. Harlan Cohen delivers advice, facts, stats, tips, and stories from parents, students, and experts to ensure that you and your child will have an incredible and meaningful college experience

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Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years

Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger 

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.

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Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women's Success

Laura T. Hamilton

In this book, sociologist Laura T. Hamilton illuminates the lives of young women and their families to ask just what role parents play during the crucial college years. Hamilton ultimately argues that successfully navigating many colleges and universities without involved parents is nearly impossible, and that schools themselves are increasingly dependent on active parents for a wide array of tasks, with intended and unintended consequences.

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The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

by Frances E Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt 

Renowned neurologist Dr. Frances E. Jensen offers a revolutionary look at the brains of teenagers, dispelling myths and offering practical advice for teens, parents and teachers.

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Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

Madeline Levine, PhD

The New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well explores how today’s parenting techniques and our myopic educational system are failing to prepare children for their certain-to-be-uncertain future—and how we can reverse course to ensure their lasting adaptability, resilience, health and happiness.

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You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years

Marjorie Savage

The essential guidebook on helping today’s college parents be appropriately involved in their children’s lives, now fully revised and updated to include the Great Recession, shifts in technology, and changes in higher education policy and practices. This book is full of strategies and tips that will help parents create a supportive partnership responsive to both their kids’ needs and their own.





Great Jobs Great Lives: A Study of More than 30,000 College Graduates Across the U.S., The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report

Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending The Kids Away to College, By Claire Potter, Chronicle of Higher Education

'Snowplow parents' overly involved in college students' lives, By Bella English, The Boston Globe

A Manual for 'Helicopter Parents' to Land Their Aircraft, By Lionel Anderson, New York Times