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Online and Other Resources Available for Parents of College Students

Online Resources

College Parents of America

College Parents of America was created to become a one-stop shop of information and guidance for parents – from the time they begin preparing for their children to go to college, through the complex admissions process, until their college graduation.

JobWeb's Parents Guide

JobWeb has some good advice for parents, especially as it concerns their loved one's future careers.

Parent Tips

The University of Toledo lists dozens of tips that may help you and your student before, during, and after college.

Other Helpful Links

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

For Parents of College-Bound Students

Parents, You're Not Done Yet.


Here are a few tips for parents with children who are contemplating a college education or who are currently enrolled in college.

Many college students struggle with deciding on a career path. Parents can help their college students through this process, whether its sitting back and being patient or offering advice and encouragement.

One of the most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning is listen: be open to ideas, try to help your student find information, and be nonjudgmental. Here are 10 ways you can help.

Preparing for your career doesn't begin during your senior year. In fact, it has already begun! The decisions you make and the things you do as a freshman and sophomore greatly impact your ability to reach your career goals as a graduating senior.

Trend watchers have dubbed them helicopter parents because of the way they hover over their sons or daughters every decision and try to handle those life steps instead of allowing their adult children solve the problems.

Research supports the influence of parental expectations and aspirations on the career decisions of their children. These expectations lay a foundation for parents’ behaviors and interactions with their children, which then indirectly or directly influence choices they make in the future.


A New Beginning: A Survival Guide for Parents of College Freshmen; Kaye McGary, c 2001

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years; Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller, c 2000

How to Help Your Teenager Find the Right Career, Charles Shield, c 1995

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, c 2003 - 4th Edition

When Kids Go to College: A Parent's Guide to Changing Relationships, Barbara Newman and Philip Newman, c 2002

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

When Your Kids Go To College, Salvi Lucantoni and Michael Hunt, c 2002

You're on Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, Marjorie Savage, c 2003 Fireside

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