Parents & Teachers: Book Review,
"The Prepared Parent's Operational Manual"
Full title: The Prepared Parents Operational Manual:
Sending Your Child to College
Written by: Marie Carr, Katharine Carr,
Ann Carr, & Elizabeth Carr
Published by: Dicmar Publishing (2009) [Expanded Edition]
Review By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
OMG! Your kid is applying to college. Are you ready? You may be struggling to help them apply or maybe struggling to stay out of the whole process. However, come April, all the letters (good or bad) will be in, the decision will be made, and the check written. Then it will be very “real” that your child will be leaving the nest to start the next chapter of his or her life.
Your teen has a lot to do in preparation for that next step, and usually the college will send incoming students a thick package of useful information. There is also a lot that we, as parents, need to do before we wave goodbye at the airport or dorm, however.
Thankfully Carr and her daughters kept careful track of everything she learned the hard way as the three girls in her family went off to college, and she is willing to share those thoughts with us. This book has some great tips that all parents of college-bound students will want to have – both for the getting ready phase and for reference later.
Prepared Parent's Operational Manual: Sending Your Child to College covers everything from student banking and dorm life to health insurance, class schedules, and support services. There are forms, checklists, and helpful tips – including not only what students can take to school but what they should leave behind. This wonderful book will help parents deal with the nitty-gritty details of sending their child off to college.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013