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Raising Nice Adults: Overfunctioning for Your Already Launched Adult Children

October 28, 2013 by


Over a year ago I posted several blogs on helping to launch your young adults who haven’t yet found work, job, insurance, or significant other.  See “Fixing We’ll Just Fix It For You: Letting Your Children be Adults: the Two Principles,” and“But What If? Adult Children with Extenuating Circumstances.”  Recently, an extended version of that […]

When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future

March 20, 2012 by


I fear that if I tell one more “in my day” story, readers will start to wonder if I’m in fact an ancient artifact, unearthed by some enterprising archeologist, dusted off, propped up in some Herman Miller chair, and taught to type (unlike any of today’s youth, who are expected to use computers without even a passing […]

“Stupid Young-Adult Children Tricks”–Never Again!

March 18, 2012 by


So I hear congratulations are in order. Your young-adult child has managed to pull a maneuver at once so suave, so foolhardy, so dangerous, so. . . .stupid, that he is in the running for winning our Stupid Young-Adult Child Tricks Contest. You, like all parents whose children have entered this competition unbeknownst to them, […]

Stupid Young-Adult Children Tricks

March 17, 2012 by


“Did you ever get the feeling there’s a wocket in your pocket?” Thus begins my youngest granddaughter’s favorite classic, named, appropriately, Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss. You might think it’s just a silly book with goofy rhyming words that engages children so young they don’t understand a plot. A sly narrative about the […]

Adult Children Without Extenutating Circumstances: They Just Like It Here

March 16, 2012 by


13. It always gets that bad ‘unlucky’ rap, even in these progressive days and times. There’s just no escaping it. So it will be no surprise to parents, who thought they saw the backsides of their children when they sent them off a full-paid college experience, that 13% of parents with grown children now claim […]

Adult Children With Extenuating Circumstances: Some Plan B’s

March 15, 2012 by


Sometimes all the setting of boundaries, the just-say-no-ing, and the financial tough love can’t keep your adult children afloat in the outside world, and it’s time to let them come and rest their battered and weary heads in your home, under your protection, until they have the strength and wherewithal to head out again. If your child […]

But What If?: Adult Children With Extenuating Circumstances

March 14, 2012 by


Brian always seemed a few steps behind everyone else socially, unsure when to laugh, when to put himself forward, when to retreat. His stutter contributed to his painful shyness. And from the get-go he had never managed to get his school work done. Not from the time he was in first grade and was expected […]


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