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Overview

This bestselling guide, read by hundreds of thousands of parents over the past decade, is now better than ever, newly revised and completely updated. Based on real-life experience and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years.

  • 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?


These important issues and more are addressed with wise advice and time-tested counsel in Letting Go — a realistic and reassuring source for meeting the challenges ahead, from the senior year in high school through college graduation.

Insightful, expanded, and experience-driven, this bestselling guide to the college years combines the timeless wisdom of past editions with the latest research on campus life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060521264
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448

Meet the Author

Karen Levin Coburn is the Senior Consultant in Residence and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students at Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Must Have for All Parents

    I was introduced to this book when I went to my daughter's orientation in July 2006 at Fresno State's (Dog Days). Terrific & easy reading. The story/information was so true and reminded me about what was to happen and to do my best to let her go. I shared the book with another friend who has a daughter that will be starting college at SF State. Then the book will be shared with a co-worker who has a daughter that will be off to UCLA. This book is its own 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.' It's right for all of us, it fits all of us perfectly. I'll continue to share this book. I have asked all my friends to write their name, student's name and college information on the front page for historical purposes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    Remarkable insight

    Faced with the reality of sending my twins to college on opposite coasts, I realized that I needed a guide to help us through the unknown adventure that awaited. What a guide it was. At each stage of their college experience I could open the book and see what was next. The book was so accurate in portraying the various, sometimes unexplicable, twists and turns students undergo during their college years. I have loaned this book to several friends and they all agree that this is a valuable guide to be shared again and again. I'm ordering 2 more copies as 'They're Going Away' gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2006

    Right on Target

    I picked up this book when my daughter was in her Junior year. It helped me be able to understand her stress and mine. As a psychotherapist I thought I would know better but then I realized that the journey had to be hers. I have returned to this book over and over again and have recommended it to high school parents. Most of the chapters hit the mark for me as a parent. It helped clarify whose job it was to research, visit and write the essays. My daughter rose to the challenge and has been accepted to 7 out of 10 colleges. I continue to have this book by my bedside as I await her decision and the next four years. Good luck to parents. It is hard to step back and let them work harder than you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Great book for parents

    I bought this book (3rd edition) just before my oldest son went to college, one-thousand miles from home. The book was a life-saver, and helped me truly understand! A great book and quick read. I just bought the 4th edition for a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    letting go with grace

    Letting Go is an insightful companion for an emotionally intense moment of parenting. Coburn and Treeger are great. If you're also looking for loving ways to celebrate a graduation or send a young adult into the world with the counsel of the people important to him or her (that's YOU!), I recommmend 'Words to Live By,' a fill-in journal. You write in your tips and lessons learned so you can let go, while knowing they've got your advice with them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    Every parent sending their first child to college should read this book.

    This book will prepare you for the unexpected emotional experiences of both parent and son or daughter who is leaving for college. Best if read prior to summer before student plans to leave, and refered to many times during the college years.

    There are certain times and events in your students' college life that are entirely predictable, and many that are not. This bood deals with both in a knowledgable and caring manner. As a high school counselor who specializes in helping students and parents prepare for and select their colleges, I always recommend this book. Parents report that it's sometimes a "life line" for them, guiding them through unfamiliar territory.

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