How do today's parents cope when the dreams we had for our children
clash with reality? What can we do for our twenty- and even
thirty-somethings who can't seem to grow up? How can we help our
depressed, dependent, or addicted adult children, the ones who
can't get their lives started, who are just marking time or even
doing it? What's the right strategy when our smart, capable
"adultolescents" won't leave home or come boomeranging back? Who
can we turn to when the kids aren't all right and we, their
parents, are frightened, frustrated, resentful, embarrassed, and
especially, disappointed? In this groundbreaking book, a social
psychologist who's been chronicling the lives of American families
for over two decades confronts our deepest concerns, including our
silence and self-imposed sense of isolation, when our grown kids
have failed to thrive. She listens to a generation that "did
everything right" and expected its children to grow into happy,
healthy, successful adults. But they haven't, at least, not
yet--and meanwhile, we're letting their problems threaten our
health, marriages, security, freedom, careers or retirement, and
other family relationships. With warmth, empathy, and perspective,
Dr. Adams offers a positive, life-affirming message to parents who
are still trying to "fix" their adult children--Stop! She shows us
how to separate from their problems without separating from them,
and how to be a positive force in their lives while getting on with
our own. As we navigate this critical passage in our second
adulthood and their first, the bestselling author of I'm Still
Your Mother reminds us that the pleasures and possibilities of
postparenthood should not depend on how our kids turn out, but on
how we do!
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