Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger have updated their book "Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, ($16.99, William Morrow). It can help you explain why the tensions rise between parent and kid that last year of high school and especially the summer between high school and college, and what to expect once a child gets to college. It has a year by year guide about what might happen once they get there.
While this is THE guidebook on the subject, we also recommend mother-daughter team Margo Ewing Woodacre and Steffany Bane Carey to write the book, "I’ll Miss You Too: The Off-to-College Guide for Parents and Students."
For a funnier take on letting go, read "Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone," by Becky Blades ($14.99, Source Books). It includes great advice like "Thank you notes are always in style," "Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Except in class," and "Fasten your seat belt. Being alive makes everything better." There’s a lot of truth behind the humor. Slip it into your child’s suitcase before they leave for school.