Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years


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The sixth edition of this classic parents’ guide and college orientation staple has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the realities of college today. 

For more than a decade, Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children's college years—from the senior year in high school through college graduation.

Based on research and real life experience, and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, has been updated and revised, offering even more insightful, practical, and up-to-date information. In this era of constant communication, this edition tackles the challenge facing parents: finding the balance between staying connected and letting go.

  • 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?

A timeless resource, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, is an indispensable book that parents can depend on and turn to for all of their questions and concerns regarding sending their children to college.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061665738
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Edition description: Fifth
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 4.00(d)

About the Author

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

Madge Lawrence Treeger is a psychotherapist and a longtime member of the Washington University Counseling Service.

What People are Saying About This

Louise Losos

“As a high school principal, I find Letting Go to be an invaluable resource. Written in a humorous and accessible style, it answers the questions ‘What happens next and how can you deal with it?’”

Patricia A. Whitely

“Filled with practical and up-to-date information, Letting Go is must-reading for parents embarking on this next stage of life with their soon-to-be college students. Undoubtedly, the best guide available today.”

Ben Lieber

“A sensitive, informative and well-written guide to help parents know what their children are getting into when they leave for college. Full of practical advice and psychological insight, it’s a better antidote than Valium for the anxieties parents feel as they prepare to let their children go.”

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Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JeanM More than 1 year ago
I read this book when oldest child was in a senior in high school. Since then, I've been giving it as a gift to friends as they prepare to send one of their children off too. It takes you through the emotional journey that both you and your child will go through leading up to their departure & the years that they are away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book.  It described what to expect throughout your child's college years.  I was hoping for information on how to survive my  child's college years.  Advice on the best way to "let go" but really didn't find much.  Again, a good read but not quite what I was expecting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for parents of high school students who are planning for college. Much of the information is difficult if you are in denial about your child growing up and leaving the nest. Parents need to know that a child graduating from college is evidence of their love and support. Even if much tears are shed with letting them go.