Adult Children

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be challenging - even under the best of circumstances.  Many young adults living at home are not emotionally or financially ready to live independently. When parent expectations for adult children don't line up with what the child is thinking or doing, conflict can arise. This often leads to disrespectful behavior and noncompliance. In the articles below, Empowering Parents experts discuss effective ways to establish clear limits and boundaries in relation to young adult behavior. These parenting resources will help guide you and your child through this transition.

Ground Rules for Living with an Adult Child (Plus Free Living Agreement)

Why So Many Adult Kids Still Live with Their Parents

Rules, Boundaries and Older Children (Part 1)

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Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, "He's a good kid, but..." would you use words like “defiant,” “whiny,” “unmotivated,” “disrespectful,” “angry,” or “demanding,” with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is... Read more »

Angry teenage boy staring through a chain link fence

Rules, Boundaries, and Older Children

By James Lehman, MSW

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Do you have an adult child living with you? If you're in constant conflict with an older child over everything from curfews (should they have one or shouldn’t they?), to getting a job, to alcohol use, James Lehman offers advice on how to set reasonable limits and how to coach your child to responsibility and... Read more »

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