Parents Bookshelf - Reading Resources

Parents' Bookshelf is a collection of suggested reading for parents, and students, to help in the transition from home life to college life.  Possible concerns that you may have, and suggestions on how to handle them, can be found in our Villanova published Transitions, a Parent's Guide to Villanova.

About You And Your College Students ... 

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College
Patricia Pasick
W.W.Norton and Company, 1998

Countdown to College: Preparing Your Student for Success in the Collegiate Universe
Shawn Anderson
Blue Bird Publishing, 1997

How to Help Your Child Land the Right Job Without Being a Pain in the Neck
Nella Barkley
Workman Publishing, 1993

How to Survive Your Child's College Education: From Application to Graduation
Donald Baack
Citadel Press, 1997

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
Kevin Coburn and Madge Treeger
Harper Collins Publishers, 1997

Parents Carry a Full Credit Load Too: Parents and Students, The Partnership for Success in College
Richard Oxhandler
Kendell-Hunt Publishing, 1989

The College Guide for Parents
Charles Shields and Renee Gerand (eds.)
College Board Publications, 1994

The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your Student Succeed
Marcia Harris and Sharon Jones
VGM Career Horizons, 1996

When Kids Go To College, A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships
B. M. Newman and  P. R. Newman
Ohio State University, 1992

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide
Carol Barkin
Avon Books, 1999


And For Your Sons and Daughters ...

As You Leave Home: Parting Thoughts From a Loving Parent
Jerry Jenkins
Focus on the Family Publishers, 1993

College Grad Job Hunter: Insider Techniques and tactics for Finding a Top-Paying Entry Level Job
Brian Krueger
Adams Media, 1998

College101: A First Year Reader
John Lawry
McGraw-Hill, 1998

Don't Wait Until You Graduate! How to Jump Start Your Career While Still in School
Keith Luscher
New Horizons Press, 1998

Graduate to Your Perfect Job in Six Easy Steps: Find Your Focus, Motivation, and Education
Jason Dorsey and Brad Armstrong
Golden Ladder Productions, 1997

How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at the University
Phillip Race
Open University Press, 1999

Hire Education: What Every College Grad Should Know About Landing That First Job
John Hobart
Lighthouse Point Press, 1998

Major in Success: Make College Easier, Beat the System, and Get a Very Good Job
Patrick Combs
Ten Speed Press, 1998

101 Things a College Girl Should Know, From a Big Sister Who's Been There
Stephanie Edwards
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1996

101 Things a College Guy Should Know
Stephanie Edwards
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998

Reaching Your Full Potential: Success in College and Life
Willie Brown
Prentice Hall, 1998

Ready for College: Doing Laundry, Writing Papers, Keeping Your Faith, Passing Exams, Avoiding Alcohol, Making Friends, Going on Dates ...
Michael Pennock
Ave Maria Press, 1997

Right From the Start: Taking Charge of Your College Success
Robert Holkeboer and Laurie Walker
Wadsworth Publishing, 1998

Take Control of Your Student Loan Debt
Robin Leonard and Shae Irving
Nolo Press, 1999

The Art of Academic Finesse: How Ordinary Students Achieve Extraordinary Grades
Eric Evans
Hohm Press, 1998

The Consumer Student: Being Your Best at College and Life
Carl Wahlstrom and Brian Williams
Wadsworth Publishing, 1997

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior During the University Years
Steven Garber
Intervarsity Press, 1997

The Guerrilla Guide to Mastering Student Loan Debt

Anne Stockwell
Harper Collings Publishers, 1997



Healthy Living Resources

This site focuses squarely on giving parents practical suggestions on how to discuss alcohol-related issues with their college-age child. The site was built for parents and inspired by stories that parents shared in focus groups.  Includes creative conversation starters (“Say This, Not This”) around several high-risk situations that are often associated with high-risk drinking—situations like spring break, 21st birthdays, housing and roommates, and so on. The site also describes seven general tips for communicating with a college student. We believe it will be a great resource for parents of college students across the country.


Healthy College Cookbook: Quick, Cheap, Easy
Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, and Emeline Starr
Storey Publishing, 1999

Improving Sleep:  A Guide to a Good Night’s Rest
A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, 2010

May I Kiss You? A Candid Look at Dating, Communication, Respect & Sexual Assault Awareness
Michael J. Domitrz
Awareness Publications, 2003

Hooking Up:  Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus
Kathleen A. Bogle
New York University Press, 2008

Sex and the Soul:  Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses
Donna Freitas
Oxford University Press, 2008

Binge:  What Your College Student Won’t Tell You—Campus Life in the Age of Disconnection and Excess
Barrett Seaman
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005

From Binge to Blackout:  A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking
Chris Volkmann and Toren Volkmann
New American Library, 2006

Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 1995

Stress Management:  Approaches for Preventing and Reducing Stress
A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, 2011

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Bob Stahl and Elisa Goldstein
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2010