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When Your Kid Goes to College:: A Parents' Survival Guide Paperback – Bargain Price, March 9, 1999

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You've taught them how to do their laundry, bought them a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and don'ts of life beyond your home. The time has come for your child to leave for college -- but are you prepared to say goodbye?

Written by a mother who survived the perils of packing her own child off to school, WHEN YOUR KID GOES TO COLLEGE provides supportive, reassuring, and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.

Comprehensive and accessible, this practical guide includes info on:
-- Teaching your child how to live on his own, from balancing a checkbook to dealing with a roommate.
-- The difference between financial and emotional dependence -- and how to keep them separate.
-- Helping your spouse, younger children, and even pets deal with the transition when your child leaves -- and when she returns.
-- How to fill -- and even enjoy -- the hole that your child's absence leaves.

Saying goodbye isn't the end of the world; it's the beginning of an exciting new one for your child -- and you! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carol Barkin, a graduate of Harvard University, has written more than forty books for both adults and children. A native Midwesterner, she has lived outside New York City for twenty years. She and her husband survived sending their son to college, and gained a great deal of valuable and surprising information in the process.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380798409
  • ASIN: B0028N737A
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After more than a dozen years as a dean of first-year students, I sent my own first child off to college five years ago, after an anxious and tearful summer. My own vast professional experience proved to be an embarrassment, as I forgot all the speeches I had made to parents encouraging them to "let go." This book is a guide that puts it all in perspective, from the practical preparations through the uneasy transitions of the first year. Having read it, I will be much better prepared when my second daughter goes off to college this year. In fact, I plan to keep it on my night stand.
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This book is a comfort--a great guide that can handhold the whole family through the jittery pre-college summer and the first college year. We put so much energy and time into getting our kids into college that we forget that there is another whole phase of life, filled with all kinds of anxieties, that takes over the minute they are accepted. This book is great at identifying all of that in a readable and sometimes gently humorous way--and just helping you through. It really is a survival guide, and I recommend it for anyone whose kid has just been accepted to college or who is in his or her first year.
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Our freshmen advisors and other staff who interact with parents think that When Your Kid Goes to College is a "must read" and a great resource book for parents. Although my copy is still circulating around campus, I intend to get it back and keep it handy for my own personal use when my son goes off to college in a few short years.
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Having just sent our one and only off to college, without a lot of trauma, I finally had some time to investigate what I thought I "should" be doing! This was the first book I read, and I found lots of helpful information, especially about networking with other parents in the same boat. I appreciated the advice to give your kids the freedom to grow, while still allowing them to use the safety net - a balancing act we were already trying to acheive. I also copied the section on how to do laundry and sent it to my son - it should be required reading for all college students. I no longer get laundry brought home on school breaks! Yeah. The dirty dishes coming home were something else, but I couldn't ban the laundry - until he felt capable of doing it himself (with a gift of quarters of course!).
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This book might be useful in families where the child is the first ever to go to college, but for the rest of us it's pretty lame. There's no significant info here -- you can get more and better from your child's high school guidance counselor.
And there's really nothing about "parent[al] survival" in it. Barkin warns of feelings of loss and disconnect, but other than to say that many people go thru this, there's no useful info.
Check that: her suggestion to bring a toolkit and duct tape is excellent, but I didn't need a book to think of that.
Save your bux and post to a Yahoo forum instead.
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Very well written...lots of quotes from kids and parents...and chapter written by her son from a kids point of view. Lots of relevant information for parents who have their first...or only kid heading off to college. Definitely worth the money.
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This is a books I suggested our school guidance department recommend to the parents of the high school seniors. I have already offered to share it with some friends getting ready for the college process this year. I found it on the the list of recommended reading provided by the University of Wyoming, while I found it helpful, I wish I had gotten it the summer before her senior year than the summer she was leaving for college.
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I am a preschool director and gave this book to 5 of my teachers at the end of the year dinner in May. All but 1 were first timers sending a child off to college. They raved about the book and appreciated the tips. Even the parent who was sending a 2nd child off commented that it had a few ideas to learn.
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