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Letting Go, Sixth Edition

A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

by Karen Levin Coburn, Madge Lawrence Treeger

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $16.99

Letting Go, Sixth Edition

A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

by Karen Levin Coburn, Madge Lawrence Treeger

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Format:

Price: $16.99

About the Book

Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years.

• 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?

The sixth edition features updated research on admissions and finances; identity and student development; student attitudes, including political and social views; health concerns and behaviors; use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs; choices of majors and careers; religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. This edition also includes examples of new programs and practices on campus that address growing concerns about mental health; safety and security; and sustainability; as well as new opportunities for international study, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary majors, and increased interaction with faculty.

“Very practical with lots of nuts and bolts illustrations of how to deal with concrete situations.”-John N. Gardner, National Center for the Freshman-Year Experience

Critical Praise

"Buckle your seatbelts! It may surprise parents that the transition to college can be harder on them than it is on their children. Fortunately, this book guides us through the confusing—and exhilarating—process of parenting college students. Coburn and Treeger also give parents permission to feel the disequilibrium that sending students off to college provokes and offer practical and gentle guidance for parents on their own journeys."

- Lori I. Tenser, Ph.D., Dean of First-Year Students, Wellesley College

"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

"Simply put, Letting Go, Sixth Edition is an outstanding and indispensable guide for parents going through the college process from the initial creation of a list of possible schools until college graduation day. Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Treeger combine insightful analysis to prepare parents for everything they will encounter as they travel the college journey with their children. In the same way that What to Expect When You're Expecting seemed to be the bible for parents when they were pregnant eighteen years earlier, Letting Go is the go-to book as they prepare to send their children off and help them navigate the always exciting and sometimes turbulent years of college." - William B. Handmaker, Ph.D., Head of School, Bosque School, Albuquerque

"Up-to-date, insightful, and above all else, practical. Coburn and Treeger continue as gurus for parents sending their children off to college." - Dr. Mike Riera, Head of Brentwood School, Los Angeles, author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager

"As the perspectives of students and their parents have changed and evolved through the years, this new edition of Letting Go continues to enrich our understanding of the college student experience. It has always been at the top of the recommended reading list that I give to parents during orientation and is truly one of the best resources for parents and educational administrators." - Lori S. White, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Students, Washington University in St. Louis

"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." - Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Miami

"A seminal source of information for families and their collegebound children." - Dr. Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University

"Letting Go sheds light on the rapidly changing dynamics of the American family and the powerful impact this is having on the transition to college for parents and their children. Clever, anecdotal, and insightful, this book is a wonderful resource for families navigating through an exciting, yet challenging, period of adjustment." - David Mahler, Head of School, Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota, Florida

"Sending a child off to college can be jolting as well as joyous. Letting Go offers a treasury of insight into this rite of passage, rooted not in psychological jargon but in experience and common sense." - Edward B. Fiske, author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges

"A thoughtful resource filled with practical scenarios, experiences, tools, and advice. Letting Go is a user-friendly manual for parents of teens transitioning to college. With its timeless guidance, this book maintains its status as one of the most essential works in my library." - Rona Shalev, Ph.D., Head of Counseling, The Chapin School, New York

"Letting Go continues to be the essential guide for parents as they prepare for the adventure awaiting their children. It's a perfect guide for navigating the college years and helping families embrace the intellectual growth, the independence and the search for identity their students experience." - Nanette H. Tarbouni, Director College Counseling, John Burroughs School, Saint Louis

"Letting Go is a necessary read! The writing is approachable and full of great insights. It offers concrete advice for parents, who are themselves negotiating their own transition during this anxious time." - Michael Hayes, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, University of Chicago

"A sensitive, informative, and well-written guide to let 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 Academic Support and Student Research, Amherst College

"Very practical, with lots of nuts-and-bolts illustrations of how to deal with concrete situations that arise for freshman college students." - John N. Gardner, President, John Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

"As someone who works with stressed-out high school seniors and their anxious parents, I especially appreciate their honesty about and their obvious affection for, the complexities of college life. The book is not only extremely informative and timely; it is also warmly reassuring. I think it belongs on the bookshelves of parents, teachers, and college counselors alike." - James Alan Astman, Ph.D., Headmaster, Oakwood School, Los Angeles

"Letting Go provides valuable insight to help parents successfully navigate the challenges, surprises, and excitement of the transition into the college years. Coburn and Treeger open a window for parents to glimpse into contemporary college life, helping parents to maintain healthy relationships with their children. I have given Letting Go as a graduation gift to every parent of a graduating senior I know." - Ronnie Mae Weiss, Senior Program Manager, MIT Work Life Center

"Coburn and Treeger offer an exemplary resource filled with practical insights to enhance familial support for today's college students. Families and college administrators will find it helpful in their efforts to partner for students' success." - Andrew Wilson, Ph.D., Dean of Academic and Student Success, Johns Hopkins University

"The most comprehensive publication available for all concerned with making sense of the inevitable yet often bewildering changes students in college will experience." - Thomas Shandley, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life, Davidson College

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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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062400567
  • ISBN 10: 0062400568
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 06/28/2016
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 1.050 in (d)
  • Pages: 464
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : EDUCATION / Parent Participation
  • BISAC2 : EDUCATION / Student Life & Student Affairs
  • BISAC3 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Education
  • BISAC4 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
  • BISAC5 : EDUCATION / Higher