Mount professor’s ‘Joy of Letting Go’ helps parents to help their kids

May 15, 2017

In her new book “The Joy of Letting Go,” Victoria Caruana, assistant education professor at Mount Saint Mary College, helps parents prepare for their children’s independence – whether it’s going to their first day of kindergarten or heading off to college.

The book contains more than 50 devotions encouraging parents to accept their children’s milestones of autonomy in “life-giving ways.”

“This isn’t a how-to book,” explained Caruana. “It’s memoir-like, in the sense that I’m really being transparent in my own struggles and my own journey of letting go of our children. It’s spiritual in the sense that it speaks to the soul…and it’s inspirational.”

Parents “let go” of their children every day in ways they often don’t realize, Caruna noted.

“We’ve been doing this since they were born, when they were separated from our bodies,” she explained. “We think that when we let go, that things end, or that we lose our children in some way. What we’re really doing is giving them their life.”

Over the course of her career, Caruana has written 100 education articles and more than 20 books, including the bestselling “Apples and Chalkdust” and her recent offering, “The Teacher’s Bible.”

Caruana began teaching at Mount Saint Mary College about three years ago. The Mount is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.

“The Joy of Letting Go” is available on Amazon,, and other retailers.