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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