Bringing Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond, by Janis Brody, Taylor Publishing Company, 2000
A family counselor explores the feelings that parents experience as their children go off to college. The fact that such separation experiences can lead to parental depression is recognized and suggestions are provided for preventing negative outcomes for both the parents and the students. The major theme of the book is “change,” and one chapter even offers a Change Resistance Test for parents to evaluate their potential for separation anxiety.

Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money , by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, St. Martin’s Press, 2000
When children leave for college, many parents feel uncertain about their shifting roles. By emphasizing the importance of being a mentor to your college student, Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money shows parents how to influence their college students while still supporting their independence. The authors offer valuable insight into the minds of college students and provide parents with simple suggestions for improving communication with their children. Filled with humorous anecdotes and realistic dialogs between parents and students, this comprehensive guide covers a wide range of issues including financial matters, academic concerns, social adjustment, and postgraduate choices.

Empty Nest…Full Heart: the Journey from Home to College , by Andrea VanSteenhouse, Ph.D., Simpler Life Press, 2002
The author chronicles the tumultuous journey from the senior year of high school, through the challenging summer, to the first year of college for students. Featuring an emphasis on the freshman experience, Empty Nest…Full Heart offers a lighthearted yet savvy look at this turbulent time. The book’s generous and compassionate scope makes it lively, humorous, an emotionally resonant.

Helping Your First Year College Student Succeed , by Richard H. Mullendore and Cathie Hatch of the National Orientation Director’s Association, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience.
This informational pamphlet focuses on "letting go" as a long-term process that should never be completed. The authors encourage parents to renegotiate their relationship with their student as an adult. This concise guide features ten sections about the major events and feelings parents and students will likely experience during the first year of college and offers suggestions for resolving these issues.

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience, by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
As you and your first-year college student begin the school year, many questions may arise. Parent Orientation will be one opportunity to get answers to your questions. Knowing what to ask will help you maximize the benefits of your orientation. Use the strategies in Let the Journey Begin to tackle problems and find solutions. Start with these questions and review more FAQ’s in Chapter 2. Remember, there is always something new to learn!

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years,by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, Harper Collins, 1997
Letting Go leads parents through the period of transition that their student experiences between the junior year of high school and college graduation. The authors explain how to distinguish normal development stages from problems that may require parental or professional intervention. The new edition explains the differences between college life today and the college life parents experienced twenty or thirty years ago. It features a completely new resource guide that introduces parents to campus technology, useful websites, and other organizations providing information on a wide range of topics.

When Kids Go to College: A Parents’ Guide to Changing Relationships , by Barbara M. Newman and Philip Newman, Ohio State University Press, 1994
This practical guide will answer that important question and tell you how to make the most of these exciting years. Topics covered in this book are: identity formation, values development, career exploration, social relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, romantic relationships, dorm life, personal freedom, depression, discrimination, and college bureaucracy.

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents’ Survivor Guide , by Carol Barkin, Harper Collins, 1999
In this volume, a mother who survived her child going to college offers tips from her own experience. Practical matters such as financial issues and separation from the rest of the family, even pets, are covered. The book provides a nice balance between “how to” issues ranging from packing and doing laundry to emotional issues like parent visits to campus and summer vacations at home. However, the chief focus is coming to terms with the parental emotions of loss and separation.