The sixth edition of this classic parents’ guide and college orientation staple has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the realities of college today.
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.
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, offering even more insightful, practical, and up-to-date information. 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?
A timeless resource, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, is an indispensable book that parents can depend on and turn to for all of their questions and concerns regarding sending their children to college.
Coburn, the associate dean of students at Washington University, and Treeger, a psychotherapist and former counselor for the school, include timely cultural references and lots of talk about e-mail in the third edition of their book. But when it comes to hard problems, like bulimia or depression, they offer little authoritative advice. Instead, they focus on the wide range of college experiences, clarifying just how stressful and complex a college student's life can be--a fact often unappreciated by parents forgetful of their own first tormented love, first failed exam or first irritating roommate. The authors accordingly advise parents to provide support to students confronting so many new forces all at once. Most of letting go boils down to trust, but the authors' depiction of campus life--frat parties, co-ed dorms, etc.--may make that a tall order for some. The book's target audience is parents whose children are moving away to a four-year institution, but the description of early-adulthood struggles may also make this a handy guide for the college freshman, who can take comfort in realizing that his or her path to independence is well-trod.