Empty Nest

Book chosen by Teresa Simonelli PsyaD

Letting Go, A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years.  Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

For more than a decade, Letting Go provides 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, offers insightful, practical, and up-to-date information. In this era of constant communication, Letting Go 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?

Recommendations from our founders

Wondering what might be next for you?  The Pathfinder:  How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

“The Pathfinder” guides you through uncertainty and confusion, straight to the goal of selecting a final career direction. Through more than 100 self-tests, exercises, and other diagnostic tools, this guide helps readers uncover their natural aptitudes, major interests and values, and ultimate goals. Even if you aren’t looking for a career, this book helps you to discover more about who you are, your preferences and the activities that may bring you the most satisfaction.

Recommendations from Deb Elbaum

Living Big: Embrace Your Passion and Leap Into an Extraordinary Life by Pam Grout.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way, by Rick Carson.  Rick shares a powerful method for gaining freedom from self-defeating behaviors and beliefs.

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t, by Michael Losier

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown  (and anything else by Brene Brown, too!)

https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
Brene Brown and Vulnerability

Recommendations from Charlotte Sahyoun

This TEDx focuses on techniques that Charlotte shared with us this fall and reminds us of the benefits of mindfulness practice.