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Parenting Adult Children

What Mothers Want Most From Their Adult Children

Lisa Rosenthal | Posted 12.22.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Rosenthal

My adult children do not want my advice. And in this period of transition, I'm not sure what they want.

The Crazy Reasons We're Parenting Our Millennials Way Past Our Bedtime

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 11.13.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

My hubby was on a business trip earlier this week when he called me from his hotel room to check in. I asked him why he sounded so groggy...

They're Back: How To Navigate Adult Children Returning Home

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 06.25.2016 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

You've heard the adage that says if you hear something three times, it's something you need to pay attention to, right? Given that, I'm hereby announc...

Why Millennials Living with Parents Is Robbery

Jared Buckley | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
Jared Buckley

Recognizing an experimental learning opportunity, I walked right over to her and nudged her so she would fall into the pool.

Who's In Charge When Your Adult (?) Child Returns Home

Lisa Rosenthal | Posted 06.10.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Rosenthal

They're smart. They may very well know the issues about voting better than we do. They care about the economy. They care about the world's resources. They're hip. They even know the new word for hip, which clearly I don't. They're adults! And yet, are they? What happens when they come home?

Becoming a Becoming Mother-in-Law

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.02.2016 | Women
Amy L. Freeman

I, as perhaps you, have always hoped that each of my three children will, as adults, find positive, supportive partners with whom to share their lives. But holy heck, I still fell off my chair when my eldest son, at the tender age of 22, called me to announce his engagement.

I Am a Funny Kind of Jew

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 08.21.2016 | Religion
Iris Ruth Pastor

Purists will say I shouldn't be texting so close to the Sabbath. Nor encouraging my sons to text on that holiday too. But once again, I find myself drawing something meaningful, significant and of lasting value from my Judaism and using it to bring solace, joy and rich meaning to my life.

When You Need Your Kids, But They Don't Need You

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 08.01.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

My sons - now flown and grown - seem to need me so little. And to go even further into the pity party slump, I am now becoming unhealthily obsessed with asking other mothers of adult sons how often they hear from their offspring - by text, by e mail, by phone or by visit.

11 Things Mothers-In-Law Are Just Itching To Tell Their Daughters-In-Law

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.28.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Ever read any books on how to be the best mother-in-law possible? There is one rule repeated in every single chapter: Keep Your Mouth Shut. So what would mothers-in-law like their daughters-in-law to know if by chance they didn't keep their mouths shut? I asked around.

5 Tips To Help You Deal With An Estranged Child

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2016 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In my studies of the lives of older Americans, I learned that almost nothing is as painful to them as estrangement from an adult child. When I wrote a blog post on this topic, it led to an extraordinary outpouring of interest that both surprised and moved me. When we reach the later years, our dream is to be surrounded by loving children and grandchildren.

What I Will -- And Won't -- Miss About Having A Kid In College

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 05.11.2016 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

As graduation looms, I am noting what I will miss about having a child in college and wondering about the nature of time itself. Was it really just eight tuition payments ago that we loaded their bikes, books and backpacks into our cars then dropped them off on campus on a hot August day?

6 Mother's Day Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Posted 05.08.2017 | Parents

Another gift-giving holiday is upon us, and this time it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered and showered with attention. However, the perfect gift for he...

Enough With the Drama: 10 Ways To Teach Your Kids to Rise Above

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

As parents, we have the responsibility to model resilience for our kids. To teach them to manage disappointment. To show them that not every slight is life-altering -- and that a medical diagnosis and not making the varsity team don't deserve the same emotional response.

Saying Goodbye to My Adult Kids

The GypsyNesters | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

One would think I'd be used to goodbyes by now. Or that I've somehow figured out how to prepare for the letdown. After all, The Spawn are all finished with college and it's been over six years since we've had a full time, live-in offspring.

What You Need To Hear If Your Grown Child Still Lives With You

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Mike and Vicki say they want their 37-year-old son, Ryan, to move out of their garage, where he's been living with his girlfriend. Watch their story h...

What Your Grown Child Needs To Hear If He's Still Living With You

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Ryan, 37, is living in his parents' garage with his girlfriend -- an arrangement that his parents say they want to end, so they turn to Dr. Phil for h...

'Our Son Was Making Millions But Now Is Living In Our Garage'

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Ryan, 37, has been living in his parents' garage with his 24-year-old girlfriend for the last few months -- and his parents say it's time for that arr...

When You Empty Your Nest and Your Child Gets Lost

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Parents are left trying to decide how much to help. Whether or not to back away. They often blame themselves. Or go through a period of time where they deeply question what they could have done.

Why Helicopter Parenting Can Actually Be A Good Thing

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

You've heard the critiques of so-called "helicopter parents" who can't stay away from their kids, smothering them with so much love and attention that they never develop self-reliance. Narcissistic, dependent, and unable to strike out on their own, your over-loved children expect everyone to wait on them hand and foot.

Mom or Mommy? Parenting Adult Children

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Kristen Houghton

Most relationships naturally change as time passes, but motherhood, for me, was still the demanding role it had been when my children were, well, little children!

7 Great Ways To Support Your Unemployed Boomerang Kid

Mary Quigley | Posted 11.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Quigley

With the hordes heading back to school, it hard to escape September's fresh-start mentality. For many Baby Boomers this month signals a rewind, whether it's packing off children to college, younger siblings to high school, or simply the return to a non-summer-mode routine.

In the Thick of 'Young Man's Cancer'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeb Harrison

Take care of ourselves? Perhaps that's the one thought that trumps all others, and probably the one thing that parents of sick kids, especially sick adult kids, lose sight of. And it's probably the only thing in this whole horrifying cancer dance that a proud parent can actually control to some degree.

'OMG. My Kids Think I'm A Complete Idiot!'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 09.22.2013 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

After all these years of believing that you, their Mom or Dad, knew everything, could fix anything and were mentally and physically infallible -- they've come back to let you know that they were wrong: You don't know jack.

50 Ways To Send Your Boomerang Kid Packing

Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Lisa Endlich Once back home, they tend to grow roots. So tell them there must be 50 ways to leave their mother. W...

What Not To Say When Meeting Your Kid's Significant Other

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 09.08.2013 | Fifty
Anthonia Akitunde

Meeting your significant others' folks is a situation that can be so fraught with tension, it's no wonder Hollywood has plumbed the moment for all its worth ("Meet the Parents," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" -- we could go on and on).