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Home Alone: Her Only Child Left for College

Good News for Parents

For most of us, life will only get better after the kids fly the coop. According to Karen Fingerman, associate professor of child development and family studies at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, parents -- especially moms -- enjoy the freedom to pursue their goals and reconnect with other people. To help with the adjustment, check out one of these books:

  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents' Survival Guide, by Carol Barkin
  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money, by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 1 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.