Parent and Family Programs

Helpful readings

Below are a few books that may help you as you begin this transition period for your family.  We do not directly endorse these books, but believe that they can be helpful resources for parents.  If you have favorite books that have been valuable to you as you prepare(d) for your student to head to college, please email uwparent@uw.edu so that we can add them to the list.

  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College, by Patricia Pasick
  • Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years,by Helen Johnson
  • Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Teeger
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guide, by Carol Barkin
  • The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones
  • You’re On Your Own (but I’m here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child during the College Years, by Marjorie Savage
  • A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen, by Kaye B. McGary
  • Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, by Neil Howe and William Strauss
  • The Truth About College: 50 Lessons for Parents Before They Start Writing Checks, by Will Keim
  • When Kids Go to College: A Parents Guide to Changing Relationships, by Barbara Newman and Philip Newman