To help prepare you for your student's arrival at Sewanee, staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University Wellness Center have compiled a list of recommended readings for parents and family members of incoming students.
The college experience is one that is meant to be both challenging and rewarding for your student, and the readings on this list share research and guidance for how best to support your student through their first year and beyond. While none are required, we suggest checking out one or two (or more!) over the next month and through your student's first semester. We will address these topics at Orientation, but you may find that the selected books offer additional, valuable insight. The recommended readings include:
- How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
- Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
- You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage
- Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel
- The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years, by Dr. B. Janet Hibbs and Dr. Anthony Rostain
We also recommend reading Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, a guide that
You may also be interested in reading some letters crafted by Dr. Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South. In both a letter to her teenage daughter and a letter to her teenage son, Dr. Hamby reviews some important talking points and key research findings that can assist all parents in opening a conversation about sexual assault with their college-bound children.