Ages 19+: Adult Children

AGE 19+

Adult Children

Parents, you’ve arrived. Whether it’s your first time to send your oldest child off to college or you’re cheering your youngest child through their last year of high school, a huge transition is about to happen. Your teenager is becoming an adult. For some, you might feel like your parenting journey is complete. For others, you might feel like it’s just getting started. Important milestones are on the horizon for your child: college, marriage, their first job, starting their own family, moving. Don’t worry. This is what you’ve been working towards. You can continue to support your adult child’s as they transition into the next stage of life.


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Establishing Healthy Boundaries With Adult Children (Part 1 of 2)

Allison Bottke shares a dramatic story of raising an adult son who has struggled with drug addiction, multiple arrests, and imprisonment. She is quick to admit to her mistakes of enabling her son over the years, and shares stories of other parents who have unwittingly crossed the line of “helping” to enabling their adult children. (Part 1 of 2)

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Parenting Questions & Answers

Deciding to Let an Adult Child Move Back Home

Before we agree to allow our adult child to move back in with us, are there some key things we ought to consider or any safeguards we need to put in place? Our thirty-year-old daughter has just completed drug rehab and we’re giving careful thought to the option of letting her come back home until she gets turned around. We want to support her in any way we can, but we’ve also heard some horror stories about parents who were unable to get their child to leave after things went south. Do you think there’s any danger of this in our case? What should we do?

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Helping a Married Child Financially

Should parents come to the rescue when grown and married children need monetary assistance? Our daughter and her husband are struggling, and we’d like to help them out. But we don’t want to set an unhealthy precedent or cross a boundary. How do you think we should handle this?

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Our Child Is a Struggling College Freshman

Should we be concerned that our daughter is experiencing difficulties during her first year away at college? Her first semester academic performance was very poor. She’s never been an exceptional student, but she is very intelligent and has always achieved good grades. That’s why we’re so concerned. We haven’t seen evidence of any other troubling behaviors, so we’re not quite sure what to make of the situation. How should we approach this? Should we threaten to withdraw funding for college?

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