Relating to adult children'

Your kids are finally emancipated – Are you?

Your kids are finally emancipated – Are you?

The quest for autonomy, freedom, independence, self-guided choices and the pursuit of personal satisfaction and pleasure is universal and lifelong. For many, achieving this state is at best brief and fleeting. How can you live responsibly [...]

Cherish your adult sibling relationship

Cherish your adult sibling relationship

Some adults continue to be plagued by an unsatisfactory relationship with their siblings that may have begun in childhood. Others have become distant from their brothers or sisters and find it hard to reconnect. Yet, the [...]

Embrace your adult child’s new spouse into the family

Embrace your adult child’s new spouse into the family

Parents spend years nurturing, caring, guiding and supporting their youngsters toward autonomy and self-sufficiency. How parents react when their vision of the “ideal” mate for their adult child does not match their perception of the chosen [...]

How to best relate to your adult children

How to best relate to your adult children

Some say that parenting is a lifelong mission. If so, the role definition of parenting adult children is not a well-defined task as is parenting young children to adulthood. The goal of parenting is to enable [...]

Generosity sometimes leads to a sense of entitlement

Generosity sometimes leads to a sense of entitlement

There are many successful individuals who are financially generous toward others. They may give lavish gifts, treat their friends to fine dining, host great parties, pay for travel, hotels, food and accommodations for those they love. [...]

Guiding your adult child toward independence

Guiding your adult child toward independence

A reader who suggested this topic stated, “Getting teens out of the house and off on their own causes pain to many parents.” Indeed, according to U.S. Statistics in 2005 53% of 18-24 years old males [...]

Tread gently when helping an adult child in a controlling/abusive relationship

Tread gently when helping an adult child in a controlling/abusive relationship

Some parents are unhappy about the relationship between their adult children and their spouses. None do so as much as parents of those involved in a controlling/abusive relationship. Though this assessment has to be made very [...]

How much assistance should parents give to adult children

How much assistance should parents give to adult children

All parents are invested in enabling their children to have as good a life as possible. They devote themselves to loving, caring for, guiding and supporting their children from infancy on. Yet, as the children mature [...]