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Adult Children

'Enjoy Every Moment' Includes The Later Ones, Too

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

As parents, we're instructed to "enjoy every moment" and are constantly reminded that "it goes by so quickly." The implication is that once on the other side of parenting our children daily, we'll be aimless and a little bit empty.

A Different Kind of 'Kvelling'

Nancy L. Wolf | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Nancy L. Wolf

Kvelling gets a bit trickier as your kids get older. Especially if your kid happens not to be on the do-not-pass-go direct path from high school to early admission to the elite college of their choice, and then on to a top grad school or impressive first job.

How To Find The 'New' In Life Now That My Kids Are Grown

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

This will be the first September I won't have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new -- my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my friends. There was so much to wonder about and plan for the future.

The Day I Realized My Child Had Finally Become An Adult

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I look at my daughter's face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a baby toothed grin -- her nails are manicured, her teeth are straight and white. Her face is now all cheekbones and eyeliner. The slumped, awkward adolescent has become a tall, confident adult who moves easily in the world without me.

My Teenage Daughter's In Israel, And I'm A Bundle Of Nerves

Deborah Gaines | Posted 07.11.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My daughter is in Israel on Birthright this week, along with 3,500 other Jewish kids who thought it would be cool to get a free 10-day trip to a place where you can ride camels and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. They didn't plan to be the target of more than 400 Hamas-fired missiles, or to experience their first air raid sirens, or to run from the pool at their kibbutz hotel to a nearby bomb shelter as white contrails streaked the sky.

The Talk We -- and Doctors -- May Owe Our Parents

Kate Jones | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Jones

Americans should be carrying out The Talk with increasing frequency. After all, we're living longer, chronic illness is on the upswing, and the demand for long-term care is growing fast.

5 Thoughts From a Loving Father

Richard Greenberg | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

My daughter celebrates her 19th birthday next week. I can fix her car. I can de-frag her computer... but I can't protect her from disappointment. These are the thoughts I can offer her as she heads toward the rest of her life.

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.

25 Great Things About Being The Mother Of Adult Kids

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

hough there are times when I miss having little children, being the mom of adults has its perks. This Mother's Day I thought I'd share the great things about having children who are all grown up.

Motherhood Never Ends

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

It's almost Mother's Day, and my 19-year-old-son is preparing to move into his first apartment. My 22-year-old-daughter is getting ready to graduate from college. I have made it through my first year as an empty-nester. And life feels huge.

When Can You Get Your Kids Off Your Dime?

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Here are my decisions about financially weaning my son off my dime, right or wrong. It is a work in progress and I'm learning as I go.

The Best Thing I Did For My Son

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.25.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

After he came home junior year to go to community college for a semester -- and, making the best choice he's ever made, decided to go back to the university he had left -- my husband and I finally did something smart. We left him alone.

10 Essentials to Help Your Kid Rent an Apartment in NYC

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

When your kid needs to find an apartment in Manhattan on a budget (our rule is it can't be more expensive than on campus housing), you can't help but get a little tense.

10 Creative Ways to Help When Your Help Isn't Wanted

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Parents are driven by a need for control, and their adult children are driven by a need to solve problems, get things done, and tick items off a to-do list. That disconnect can be crazymaking -- for both sides.

The Weekend I Talked -- And the Kids Listened

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Falconer Newhall

You know your kids have turned into grown-ups when they listen to your advice. Mind you, I don't mean take your advice. I mean listen -- gently and kindly -- as you talk away about how you did things when you were their age. Or how you did things last week.

The Hardest Part of Parenting

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

I think letting go is one of the most challenging and rarely thought about experiences in parenting. I know I had many moments when I wondered if I was holding on too tight as my son was growing up.

My Adult Kids Think I Drink Too Much and Won't Let My Grandkids Spend the Night

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Although it may be painful to hear, it is possible that your kids are seeing what has become for you a blind spot with regard to your drinking.

When It's Time To Finally Let Your Adult Kids Fly On Their Own

Felice Shapiro | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

It turns out that my very odd upbringing ironically may have prepared me for the next phase of parenting -- parenting adult children.

5 Easy Ways To Improve In-Law Relations

Next Avenue | Linda Bernstein | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Bernstein Tammy says her heart sank when her son, Leo, asked for the family diamond his grandmother had willed...

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!

Why Helping Out Your Grown Kids May Be Good For Your Mental Health

Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty

When it comes to helping out your middle-aged kids, the more you give, the more you get. A new study shows that while parents may want their children ...

WATCH: RealLifeStarter Is KickStarter For Not-So-Proud Parents

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty

If you're a parent, there's no doubt you want to see your child be happy and successful once they grow up and it's time for them to leave the househol...

Celebrity Parents and Their Kids

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

The paradox is parents put a lot into kids and kids do precious little to earn their parents celebrity status. In fact, few of us can claim to have made it to a stable life without the help of people who clothed, fed, and nurtured us along the way.

What's Up With Love?

Richard Greenberg | Posted 12.24.2013 | Weddings
Richard Greenberg

It is my wish for these children, and all the others who marry, that their love will drive us all toward greater unity and acceptance within our worldwide family. Of course, a little luck will be helpful too.

Parenting From the Stands: What It Feels Like to Have Adult Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's easy to lose perspective in the day-to-day chores and moments of parenting that what you are really doing isn't so much about childhood, or even about high school or college. What you are doing is getting someone ready to be an adult -- and to live a life that is theirs, not yours.