Are you aware of the following statistics?
Millions of fledgling adults, often called “kidults,” have graduated from college but are not living independent of their parents. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 25% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 still lived at home.
Is your family represented in these figures? It's hard to turn away when your grown children need your help.
For some parents, insisting that their emerging adult children face their own challenges is the way to go. At times “tough love” is the most effective support they can give. Jane’s son chose to move back home after his divorce and expected his mother to handle his laundry, shopping and cleaning the way his wife had. She knew he had to learn to take care of himself, once again. “I insisted that we set some things straight and that he take responsibility. We created a chart like the one when the kids were in grade school. I have not backed down and so far we are all still here, trying to make our complicated situation work.”
How are you making it work for you?