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Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years Paperback – March 17, 2009
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“Letting Go should be a required text for any college parent. It reflects today’s college student’s reality and helps prepare parents for the exciting journey that awaits both them and their sons and daughters.” (Marc Wais, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, New York University)
“A seminal source of information for families and their college-bound children.” (Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University)
“Filled with practical and up-to-date information, Letting Go is must-reading for parents embarking on this next stage of life with their soon-to-be college students. Undoubtedly, the best guide available today.” (Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Miami)
“A sensitive, informative and well-written guide to help parents know what their children are getting into when they leave for college. Full of practical advice and psychological insight, it’s a better antidote than Valium for the anxieties parents feel as they prepare to let their children go.” (Ben Lieber, Dean of Students, Amherst College)
“As a high school principal, I find Letting Go to be an invaluable resource. Written in a humorous and accessible style, it answers the questions ‘What happens next and how can you deal with it?’” (Louise Losos, Principal, Clayton High School, Clayton, Missouri)
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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 senior year in high school through college graduation.
Based on research and real-life experience, and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, has been updated and revised to offer even more insightful, practical, and up-to-date information—including the latest resources, updated websites, an expanded bibliography, and tips on how parents can fully tap into social media to glean more information than ever before. In this era of constant communication, this edition tackles the challenge facing parents: finding the balance between staying connected and letting go.
- When should parents encourage independence?
- When should they intervene?
- What issues of identity and intimacy await students?
- What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students—and for parents?
- What is different about today’s college environment?
- What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?
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The book is on point with a parent's desire to have that perfect and euphoric moment when we say goodbye. Our moment was anything but perfect surrounded by parents and students waiting in long lines.
The stories from parents or students provide valuable insight and guidance for parents navigating through uncharted waters. The advice from one college to hovering parents is your child has a great foundation, let them do the rest. I appreciated the reminder we're sending our kids into a completely new environment lacking anything familiar to them. We as parents need to strike the right balance to allow them to grow, while keeping them out of harms way.
Letting Go is thorough, must read, and quite enjoyable for any parent sending their kids off to college.