The phenomenon of adult children living at home and dependent on their parents has become a national problem. Indeed, more and more kids are living at home with their parents well into their 20s and beyond. And, most concerning, more and more of those kids are idle and going nowhere fast.
Unfortunately, today’s kids don’t like making sacrifices and parents don’t like making their kids make sacrifices. And the sad irony of this situation is that the misery of being an unmotivated adult child is far worse than the misery of getting a job and learning to live independently. In the end, we need to teach our kids that accepting life’s responsibilities is much easier than trying to avoid them.
What I will do here (and what I believe will be helpful for most readers) is to discuss several of the important issues that come up when dealing with an adult child.
Editors note: This article has generated over one hundred comments from parents sharing their own experiences. Consider reading and leaving a comment below about your own story as well.
The parents we work with at Empowering Parents often report a tremendous amount of verbal abuse, cursing, and property destruction by their adult children. Indeed, these kids are often angry and resentful.
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This may sound harsh, but I think it’s amazing how people will make excuses for older kids who exhibit that type of behavior. It’s perhaps understandable that parents make excuses for younger kids who are abusive, hoping they’ll grow out of it. But a 20 year-old who destroys your property? There’s just no excuse for that.
I really think once kids are adolescents and adults, their behavior patterns are very set. As a result, you need to know that adult children won’t take the time and trouble to learn new behavior patterns unless they’re forced to.
Adult children who use verbal abuse, aggression, and destruction of property to deal with their parents are basically using intimidation and force to solve complex problems. When you’re 18, 19, or 20 and all the things your parents told you are coming true—that you’re not prepared for the work force, that you should have studied harder, that you need to push yourself—it is easy to get resentful and blame and intimidate your parents.
Your child will blame and intimidate you because that’s easier at that moment than getting a job and working. That’s easier than learning how to live with a roommate because you can’t afford your own apartment and a car at the same time.
One thing we know about human beings is that they will, by their nature, take the easy way out. In this case, the easy way out is being oppressive to your parents so that you don’t feel any stress.
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But don’t get me wrong, I think that parents also have to take some of the responsibility for this behavior. In particular, I think that too many parents do everything they can to ensure that their kids don’t feel discomfort because they believe that discomfort is a bad thing.
I know this because I’ve dealt with so many of these parents. They fight with the schools over their child’s grades and conduct. They protect their kids from consequences. In many cases, they let things slide that they know are wrong. They make excuses for their kids. And what they end up with is a kid who is not prepared to deal with the injustice, stress, and discomfort of life.
Making a transition from adolescence to adulthood is very stressful, uncomfortable, and difficult. It involves solving some very complex problems about how you’re going to live, where you’re going to live, who you’re going to live with, and what you’re going to do with your life.
Although many kids solve those problems in a non-destructive way, there is a sub-group of kids who still make it their parent’s problem and society’s problem and everybody else’s problem. If you’re dealing with one of these adult children, it will take all the strength and commitment you can muster to force this child to become independent.
I’m not saying that you have to throw your kids out of the house—I’m not saying that at all. But I am saying that your kids won’t change until you do something drastic. And making them leave the home is one of those things that may have to be done.
As a parent, I understand the difficulty, fear, and anxiety of sending your child out into the world. But, also as a parent, I know that the best personality characteristic that you can give a child is independence. And the best knowledge you can give them is how to solve life’s problems.
But if they’re still at home cursing at you, abusing you, not getting a job, sleeping until noon, and playing video games all day, then they are not independent and they are not solving their problems.
There’s no gray area here. Therefore, parents have to be very strong in demanding that their kids start to face their situation in life before it gets worse.
Let’s be clear: from an adult child’s point of view, this seems like a great life. Just think about it, somebody’s paying the rent, there’s food in the refrigerator, they get to party with their friends, and they don’t have to be anywhere at any time. They get to avoid all stress, and if their parents give them a hard time, they bully them. Nice life.
If parents are willing to live that way, you don’t have to read any more of my articles. You’ve found the solution that works for you. But if you’re determined not to live that way, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have a lot of choices. You need to make a drastic change.
Here is my recommendation on what that drastic change looks like. Number one, you set some simple structure and some rules for your child. Rules like:
Be very specific. Tell your child:
“I want you to put in three applications a day.”
“I want you making three follow-up phone calls a day.”
“And if you verbally abuse me, the consequence is that you’re out of my house for 24 hours.”
And if they are kicked out of the house for 24 hours, you don’t care where they go. Let them go to their aunt’s house or their friend’s house. Let them figure out where they’ll stay. Just enforce the consequence that they’re out of your house for 24 hours.
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To be clear, kicking your child out of the house for 24 hours is a consequence. It’s not preparation for life. If they’re verbally abusive a second time or destroy property, they’re out of the house for three days or a week. You don’t care where they go. All that matters is that you apply a real consequence, and do so consistently.
They’ll tell you they’re partying at their friend’s house. Let them party. All you know is that they can’t stay in your house.
This is the consequence for disrespecting your home and your values. This is not a preparation for independence. This is used strictly to get some control in your house.
If you have adult children who are verbally abusing you and breaking things, your house is not in your control. And if your house is not in your control, it might as well not be your house.
Use the police if you need to. Put his bags out on the sidewalk, call the cops, and say:
“He doesn’t live here anymore.”
Don’t play games or you’re not going to own your own home. I’ve worked with plenty of parents who had to do this. They were all afraid to do it. I understood that. They got into their situation because they were mortally afraid their kid would face discomfort—or worse, because they were afraid their kid would hurt them. But when all other efforts failed, they had to call the cops to get the kid to change.
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Kids learn best when parents use effective parenting roles such as teaching, problem solving, and limit setting. In contrast, parents who are martyrs and excuse-makers wind up with children who won’t or don’t know how to respond to the demands of adult life. And nothing changes if nothing changes. For your sake and the sake of your child, demand change now.
Let me be straight with you and offer you some empowerment. You’ve raised this kid. You’ve invested everything in him, and now you have to tiptoe around the house? That is unacceptable. To the parents who are willing to live this way, I tip my hat to you. But I personally could not live like that, and I’m not willing to.
Once you’ve established that they can’t abuse, intimidate, and control you with their behaviors, then you have to help them prepare themselves for adulthood, even though they’re already young adults.
First, you have to force them to find work, no matter how menial they think that work is. The way that you force them is to establish a time when they get up in the morning. Then they go out and they put in job applications.
On weeknights, they can’t stay out past a certain time. They have to live as if they have a job. If they’re not willing to do that, you fall back on the consequence structure that I outlined for you earlier.
Once they get a job, they have to pay room and board—not to add to the money of the household, but so you can put it away and have enough money for them to talk about moving out.
They have to sit down once they have a job and work with you on doing a budget. For example, the kid should have so much money for recreation, so much money for room and board, so much money for his savings, even if it’s only ten dollars a week.
And he gives the money to the parents to hold. He doesn’t put it in his drawer. Ultimately he has to live on that budget that gets him to financial independence.
You should not rescue him. You’re already providing a safe place to live. These mundane and basic skills make the difference between the kids who learn how to be independent and those who don’t.
If this seems too harsh to you, think about it this way. If this kid gets a job and spends all his money and can live at home, why would he ever move out?
If you have a job at $12 an hour and you’re living at home for free, that’s like having a job for $25 an hour. Kids will continue to live that way unless you make them uncomfortable. You have to demand change and they must be uncomfortable if change doesn’t happen.
I want parents to stop thinking about what they need to do for their child of today. Instead, think about what they need to do for their child of tomorrow. If you’re supporting him today and making excuses for him today and buying his excuses, then what you’re doing to your child of tomorrow is enabling his helplessness.
When it comes to getting a job, your child will say “I can’t do it because…”
The excuses are endless and not the real problem. If you accept the excuses, you hurt your child of tomorrow. Instead, demand change. Force him to prepare to learn how to be independent. Force him to learn how to support himself.
Make no mistake about it: if you tell a kid he has to work and he doesn’t, and you tolerate and accept that, you’re saying to him, in a non-verbal way, that he’s a loser and you know it.
You’re saying to him he’s not as good as the other kids, and you know it. You’re saying you’re willing to put up with this because you know that there’s something wrong with him. That’s the message he’s getting. So, he thinks there’s something wrong with him because he doesn’t know how to deal with discomfort and stress.
Instead, when you push him, when you make demands of him, when you hold him accountable, and when you give him consequences, you are really saying, “You can do it and I expect you to. In fact, I demand you to.”
It’s never too late to deal with children in a teaching, limit-setting, and coaching way. Parents can start anytime, as long as they’re willing to deal with the discomfort of demanding that their child changes. And as long as they have the courage to hold their child accountable. It may feel like the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do. But it could save your child’s life.
I’ve had to push my son and I know how hard it can be. But it had to be done. In particular, your child needs to know that if he doesn’t work hard, he will fall behind. Equally important, he has to learn how to solve problems and deal with discomfort and stress. And if he can’t do those things, he’s going to have a hard time making it. In the end, that’s the reality for adult children.
Many parents have told me of their struggles with an adult child who steals from them, be it credit card theft, stealing money from the house, or forging checks. Stealing is absolutely intolerable. Whether it’s stealing from parents or siblings, it’s a crime.
Know this: the laws don’t change inside the walls of your house. If I steal $100 from you on the street, that’s stealing. And if somebody steals $100 from you in your home, that’s stealing. And if it’s an adult, it’s a crime. It’s called larceny.
If your adult child steals from you, first of all, you should tell him:
“Go upstairs, pack a bag, and come back downstairs in five minutes.”
When he comes back downstairs, say:
“Here’s the deal. You’re out of here for a week, and if you don’t stop stealing, you’re not coming back.”
Don’t be afraid to call the police. In fact, you can pack their bag, put it on the curb, call the police, and say:
“He doesn’t live here anymore. He stole from us.”
I’ve worked with many parents whose kids broke back into the house and they pressed charges for burglary. You have to be really clear with the police and tell them that he doesn’t live there anymore and you have to put his stuff out on the sidewalk.
It’s going to cause a scene. You’re going to be embarrassed. But your choice is that you can live in a little prison where you’re being abused and where there’s a predator stealing from you, or you can break out of that prison. It will take some noise, but you can break out.
Parents need support and help, and I understand what they’re going through because I came from this kind of family and I’ve worked with these families for three decades. But you also need to understand, you didn’t work like a dog all your life just to be a prisoner in your own home.
Ask yourself: is this what we worked for all our lives? We dealt with discomfort. We dealt with stress. We dealt with unhappiness. And above all, we humbled ourselves and took whatever job we could to get started. After all that work, is this what we want? Do we want our adult son living with us, stealing from us, abusing us, and making our lives miserable?
If the answer is yes, that’s up to you. I’m not here to contradict that. But if your answer is no, then you need to make some changes, and you need to make them now. It begins with getting him out of bed tomorrow morning and calling the authorities if he gets abusive.
Parents are supposed to have a certain amount of power in our society just by virtue of being a parent. Sadly, in many cases, that is not the case. If you’re living with an abusive adult child who is committing crimes against you and your home, he obviously does not respect your power as a parent. So, you need the help of the authorities. Don’t hesitate to use them.
Let him share some of your pain and discomfort and see how he likes it. This is important: if you’re willing to do something about it, he will become willing to do something about it. But if you’re not willing, he won’t be either.
In adolescence, kids want to be independent and free. They can’t wait to get out of their parent’s house and tell them what a pain in the neck they are.
But the fact is that many kids act out and show some anxiety or depression because they’re terrified of the future. They’ve been safe in grade school, middle school, high school, and in their families all their lives. But life on their own does not seem safe and forces them to solve problems on their own.
Many kids are able to deal with these problems and they successfully grow into the next stage of life. But there are those kids who, for whatever reason, resist growing, and it shows in their behavior.
The kids who resist growing become angry, resentful, and irresponsible. They’re terrified of change, and they’ll do anything to avoid it, including partying all night, sleeping until 2 pm, and doing nothing but playing video games when they are awake.
These are the kids who have to be pushed the most.
I’ve dealt with many adult children in my office who had this fear, and I empathize with them. I tell them that fear is a part of life and that they have to face it.
How do you face a fear of making it in the adult world? You get a job. And you do that job. You take a job for three months and you say to yourself:
“I won’t quit. I’ll deal with all the craziness and I won’t quit. And at the end of three months, I’ll have some experience and then I’ll decide what I want to do next. And what I want to do next may be to stay at McDonald’s or to go someplace else. But, I won’t leave my job until I have a new one.”
Eight months out of high school that kid is going to have some skills, experience, and independence. Each day at work is a day dealing with adult stress without mommy holding his hand. That will prepare him for the next stage of growth, which may be a more responsible job or going back to school. That is the real value of a job.
A lot of the work that I did in my office was coaching and teaching these kids on what they had to do. I literally had kids fill out three job applications a day then call me in my office to say that they had done it. And they would, because I gave them the clear message that accountability matters.
While I empathized with struggling adult kids, I didn’t accept their excuses as to “why” they were stuck in life. Because “why” didn’t matter. Everyone has to be independent, no matter how afraid they are and what challenges they have in their lives.
I worked with adults with developmental disabilities in my practice who lived in group homes with staff. They had to learn how to have a job if they wanted money because the state paid for their group home but did not give them any spending money. They had to learn how to have a supervised job if they wanted money. They had to learn how to talk nicely to people if they wanted to go out and do things and have privileges. They had to clean their rooms and make their beds every single day. They took turns cooking at night with staff support. They did these things because they had to acquire independence, despite having significant disabilities.
So don’t tell me kids can’t do it. Not only can a kid do it, he has to do it.
Yes, these kids are afraid. They have a false sense of entitlement. They don’t know how to be independent. And they haven’t learned how to solve problems. But if they don’t start learning to solve them today, it’s not going to happen.
So parents have to draw the line because the adult child won’t draw the line. He’s having too much fun and he’s too afraid. If the parents can’t draw the line and the child’s out of control, then eventually the police have to draw the line. It’s that simple.
I’ve worked with quite a few grandparents who were living with 17, 18, 19 and 20 year-olds kids who had their own children. The adult child can’t make it or the marriage falls apart and they move back in with their parents. This is a really tough situation, and I don’t want to minimize the emotional pressure everyone is under. After all, these are innocent grandchildren.
The role of parents and grandparents is very different. A parent sets limits, goals, and gets the kid to meet objectives and be productive. In contrast, a grandparent is benign and indulging. Grandparents also set limits, but not in a full-time, around-the-clock manner. Overall, it’s a very difficult situation and I just want to make some observations that may be helpful.
Grandparents should do what they can to help out with child care. But only with the goal that their adult child pays room and board and that the money is put away until the adult child can move out.
The adult child has to have a job and needs to find daycare. Parents everywhere go back to work when their kids are six months old. So you have to demand that your adult child do something to dig themselves out of the hole they’re in, and not just jump into the hole with them. Too many grandparents jump into the hole that their adult child has dug and stay there. And that doesn’t make any sense.
Your adult child who has a toddler can’t run around and party all night. She has to maintain a responsible work schedule. If she wants to go out at night, she has to get her own babysitter. Grandparents should not be babysitters for adult children living in their home. Let her pay for that. Have her live on a budget and let her pay.
She is not going to like it, but you have to draw the line. Grandparents are not here to raise the grandchildren. We may help out while you work, but you’re going to have to pay for it.
And there’s one more very hard thing that grandparents have to do. If the adult child is not taking responsibility for their own child and putting that child at risk, you have to call the state. Call the Department of Children and Family Services or whatever it’s called in your state.
If the state comes in and does an investigation and finds the mother is not fit, they’ll first turn to the grandparents or another family member to see if they’ll take custody. They will offer the mother supportive training and help. They don’t remove kids that easily.
Grandparents are terrified that the state will take their grandchildren. They don’t want your grandchild unless the mother’s strung out on drugs or committing crimes. They want the child with the mother because that’s where the child should be by nature and that’s the least expensive way to deal with the situation. The state does not want to take on the cost of raising your grandchild.
I’ve worked in states where state agencies have taken kids and they’ve needed to take those kids because they were in danger. But as soon as they take the child, they come up with a plan on how the parent can get the child back, whether it’s substance abuse treatment, career counseling, or parent training.
Just as you need to turn to the authorities if your adult child is abusing you, you need to turn to the authorities if your adult child is not caring for his or her own child. Understand this: you’re doing it for the welfare of your grandchild.
You may read my suggestions here and call it “tough love.” But that’s not what this is. There’s nothing tough about love. This is responsible love. It’s saying to your adult child:
“I love you, and I’m going to be responsible. You can love me, but you have to be responsible too.”
Responsible love means demanding that your adult child learn how to solve his problems. Responsible love means demanding change. Now.
This article is part 2 of a 3-part series. See below for the links to the other articles in this series.
Part I: How to Cope With an Adult Child Living at Home
Part III: Is It Ever Too Late to Set up a Living Agreement?
Empowering Parents Podcast:
Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher
James Lehman, who dedicated his life to behaviorally troubled youth, created The Total Transformation®, The Complete Guide to Consequences™, Getting Through To Your Child™, and Two Parents One Plan™, from a place of professional and personal experience. Having had severe behavioral problems himself as a child, he was inspired to focus on behavioral management professionally. Together with his wife, Janet Lehman, he developed an approach to managing children and teens that challenges them to solve their own problems without hiding behind disrespectful, obnoxious or abusive behavior. Empowering Parents now brings this insightful and impactful program directly to homes around the globe.
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What do you say to, or how do you converse with the stranger-adult/parent who you discover your thrill seeking risk taking 16 year old girl along with her boyfriend has 'run-to' when they say "shes 16 she can make up her own mind, she can do what she likes ,you cant tell her what to do" or "im giving her a safe place to stay you should be grateful" or "I will ask her what she wants" cutting you out of the space and proceeds to enable her propelling alienation, that they dont seem to understand begins to occur? Has anyone experienced this? This has been our peculiar experience of late with female parents of boys, which has got us thinking, usually the boyfriends mates parents only, who dont have teen girls/daughters. Weve experienced adversarial attitudes when locating our teen in their homes from these adults.
Why? & how best is it to connect with other parents who allow your teen in & not contact you as soon as possible, letting them loiter ('the village'?) and help them understand that you dont stop being a parent when your child turns 16 and your own child is your own responsibility and should be under parents supervision not theirs? And that their interference and enabling doesnt help?
But also hurts & undermines.
What do you do?
So what do you do when the police tell you, he is established at this address and I have to legally evict him?
This after he kicked my door in, stole from my purse not only cash but took my debit card without permission.
I mean, how much do I have to endure ?
I have made it miserable. Every boundary I put down is met with instant gaslighting and yelling.
The threat to kill me is sitting in a box with 6 other boxes at the courthouse due to pandemic lack of staffing.
I am lost. As I feel most of this is NOT from me pampering him. I have 5 children altogether and this is the only one that is doing this.
This article is very empowering. I have read through the comments, and I can relate and empathize with so many parents struggling with this epidemic of xbox poisoned 20 year old unmotivated spoiled brats, and who's to blame?
We are. My children were well behaved and enjoyable when they were little. Every three months we were taking them on getaways. If it wasn't an amusement park, it was Florida for a week or camping, not to mention absolutely everything handed to them on a silver platter. Drive thurs, drinks and snacks on demand. A DVD player with unlimited kid shows in their face and then the video games started; every year the latest system and games. One year we spent $1,000 on video game crap.(3 boys)
Christmas was over the top. And I remember the last present being opened, and my 7 year old said, "is that it?" That should have been my wake up call.
I resonate with not wanting to cause any discomfort to my children. I spent every minute trying to appease my kids,to a fault.
I was not raised this way, and looking back I realized I was trying to compensate, because even though I had everything I needed when I grew up, my parents raised me to be independent and didn't put up with any b.s. I was out of the house working 2 jobs, my own place and college by the time I was 20. (Ahh...The 80's)
Lots of 20 year olds in this thread...must be the magic number. I have 20 year old twins struggling to get out into the world, one has finally started to work consistently.
The other one doesn't want to work and they both game all night if I don't intervene.
They are maturing slowly and it's like they are 15, not 20.
Several arguments and uprising to gain respect and as they get older, it is harder to put up boundaries and rules. They've been kicked out several times and had to sleep in their car.
All I can say is if you have young children, first thing i would do is get rid of the video games unless you want an unmotivated loser living in your house when they are in their teens and older shooting zombies and day and becoming one themself.
Smoking pot became a habit several times a day as well, and I have banned the use of it, they became unmotivated teens with the munchies, up all night, making a mess; and when they weren't high they were miserable.
Many parents are single, working full time, and these things start out and gradually get worse, but we're so busy in the rat race of life, we let things go, we pay their way because it's easier, we look the other way because we are exhausted. We do everything for them, it saves time; and here we are.
And on top of it all, we feel guilty and ashamed that we enabled this insanity.
I'm just grateful that I am aware of what has happened and how it can be rectified.
I refuse to have grown men living in my house telling me what to do when I pay the bills.
I don't them to become adults that cannot cope when life isn't perfect or things get uncomfortable. Every job they get,
something or someone is to blame for them quitting after a few weeks. Trying to make them responsible after enabling them for years is more difficult then setting boundaries and limits as they grow. Don't get me wrong, my children were disciplined, but there's so many things I didn't know or I would change if I could do it again.
Besides,they will be much better humans when they become independent, paying their own way and having their own space, appreciating the little things that life has to offer, something a lot of young people seem to overlook...but I guess that comes with experience and age.
Hi there, we have a 20yo son living at home, he works full time, so earns an ok wage. We charge both our kids $50 pweek board, he never pays on time, sometimes it takes a month to get out money. He keeps his room in a disgusting state, dirty dishes everywhere, leftover food acrapa/rubbish, never washes his clothes, the rooms stinks and is putrid. Our new house is only 3 years old. We nag and nag with no success. He is disrespectful most of the time and is only nice when he wants something.
I have said to my husband it is time he moved out to live in the real world and be an adult. I feel we are doing him no favours in enabling him to behave like it does.
My husband feels by asking him to move out we will run any chance of having a good relationship in the future and if we stick it out he will grow up and mature.
Would love people's opinions on best approach.
I really LOVE this article about setting boundaries with your adult children living at home!
I have had arguments with my fiance about him not setting healthy boundaries with his 24 and 18 year old children living at home. They walk all over him. He doesn't seem to be the head of his household.
He wants me to tell his daughter that she is disrespectful when she talks back to her dad. I told him that that is not my child or my responsibility. In fact, I put off getting married to him if his children would be moving in with us. I wouldn't put up with any of the disrespect. There would be rules, she wouldn't talk back to me, she would have to do chores around the house, and get a job. Right now, this is his monkey and his circus.
Thank you again for these articles!
Hi, Carolyn. Thank you for reaching out. I can hear how frustrated you are. We're not able to answer questions regarding legal matters such as eviction. I encourage you to speak with a legal professional regarding what steps you will need to take to have your adult son leave your home.
We appreciate you being part of our Empowering Parents community. Take care.
Thank you for this article, it made me feel like maybe I’m not at fault for my sons behavior.
My 19 yr old son is home from college on Christmas vacation and he has absolutely no respect for me. He does what he wants when he wants to do it. He doesn’t listen to me or clean up after himself. We argued the other day about it and he called me a bunch of names and I called some back. I took his brand new Xbox that I just bought him and have not given it back.
He is now treating me like I owe him. He won’t do anything in the house unless I give him his Xbox back. He won’t clean unless I give him his Xbox back. Now we’re loving this weekend and he said he won’t help one but with moving if he doesn’t get his Xbox back. Sad thing is that he won’t. He is extremely defiant, stubborn and has many narcissistic personalities.
The only way to get him out of my house is by calling the police and I am so scared to do that. I need help. Thank you for this forum.
I have 19 1/2 yo daughter, she was sweat, smart girl, perfectionist, introvert, she has very high expectations on education or career. She completed 1st yr of university, came back home last May, planed to take online course, looking for part time job for the summer. it was about two weeks later, she started to isolated herself, didn’t talk to us, did not go out, or contact any friends, sleep until afternoon and awake during nights, spent most of time on her phone or iPad. We thought she was depressed and offered therapy treatment but she refused to go. She refused to tell us what happened even we tried many times. We were assuming something wrong with school, she did not get the mark what she expected so she could not get in the program for 2nd yr. I took her to Europe for vacation last August and we had wonderful time there.
My husband and I saw a psychologist in September since my daughter refused to go, and we told every details about my daughter and school, her personality, academic expectation, our trip......the psychologist thought my daughter was not depressed, she was social withdrawals, she lost on the way to transit to adulthood due to lack of failure experience in the past. The psychologist told me not giving my daughter pressure and let her be for a while, see if she can go out by herself. We did what psychologist told us to do but nothing changed. We went to see the psychologist again, she recommended we make unpleasant environment at home to push her get out of the house in the morning and come back in PM. We tried many times, still didn’t work. My husband tried to talk with her one day about home boundaries, and she was told she has to find a place to live if she refused to change, but ended up she yelled, cried, slammed the door and blamed on us for everything. She came to me with tears and I said mom can help if you accepted, I can book appointment to see a therapist if you want, she didn’t say no for the first time, then I started arrange the appointment, unfortunately, she refused to see therapist again right before the appointment. I was mad honestly which I shouldn’t, she became more aggressive, disrespectful and abusive when my husband grabbed her phone one day, she became angry and tore up our files and books. We decided to call the police cuz her abuse, zero tolerance of abuse at home, so we asked her to leave the house for one day, she left and stayed at inn for three days and came back home before Christmas. She cried and said she wants to go back to school but doesn’t like the program what she did. I offered help for choosing another program and helping her make daily life back on track, get up in AM, go out to exercise and she agreed.everything looked better until Jan, the students went back to school, she started to refuse go out again, and back to the terrible sleeping pattern again. My husband and I realized she was avoiding to see anybody who are familiar, such as my neighbor, the daughter was classmate of my daughter. We saw psychologist around Christmas, after discuss, we thought it’s better to move my daughter out of the house, we pay the rent and set up with basic furniture help her to be independent. We told her look for job and keep the job for six months then welcome her back home. We moved my daughter out last week, and went to see her during weekend, she was not there, but from the stuff she bought after moving, we can tell she went out at least twice in 4days. I felt a little bit release. The problem is she blocked all contact with me, I am not able to call her or text her, the only way I can check on her is visiting her during weekend, bring some homemade food and write a note to encourage her. I knew I would miss her and worry about her before I moved her out and I do now when I open up my eyes every morning. I know she hates us now, and maybe won’t contact me in years, but this is what I can do now as the article mentions she is the one need to be pushed the most.
Wow. I am not alone. Reading this article and the comments assisted me in giving my son a 2 week notice to move out of my home.
I have a 20y/o spoiled brat that thinks the world owes him and that I owe him. He was so rude and disrespectful to me in my own home that I stopped talking. I was hiding in my bedroom to avoid confrontation and hearing I do everything wrong.
He tried college, did well his first semester, then got lazy in the second, played video games, partied and failed out. He tried working very part time and upgrading some courses(part time), but ran out of money so I was covering all his bills. He was breaking down emotionally so I suggested he move home and just work for a year and figure some issues out, so he moved home.
I sold the house he grew up in and purchased a very nice condo as it was time to downsize for me and his brother; whom will graduate from high school this June.
My 20y/o had to share a bedroom with his brother, as the condo is only a two bedroom. Of course he did not like this. (I would like to say- each bedroom has it's own walk out huge deck, ensuite, and tv), so it was not like he was living in a small closet. I told him room and board would be $500.00/month. Which I thought was reasonable. This way he could save money.
Well, after a few days of him sleeping all day, playing video games(which I despise), and partying, I told him get a job as rent is due!! I also set rules for him living in my house-cook dinner twice a week, do your own laundry, clean your bedroom, deck, and bathroom once a week, and take out the garbage. My other son cleans the main floor(the living room, dining room, and kitchen). he agreed. However since he has lived with me, he cooked dinner ONCE!
My friend got him a job and when he got his first paycheck, told me that $500.00 is too much and he will only pay $300.00 as he does not have his own bedroom and has to share a bathroom, oh and he does not have his own parking stall. (He actually does have his own stall as I asked my condo neighbour if he could use it during the winter months. However my son did not like where the spot was so he refused to park there.) He also proceed to tell me, that I should not have sold the house and why did I chose this condo. As to him its a small condo. Oh and that the condo is not located close to amenities. (The condo overlooks a beautiful coulee)and he has to drive 10 minutes to his work or a convenience store.
I explained to him that $500.00 for room and board is very cheap and that he eats more that $300.00 worth of food in a month. He completely disagreed and refused to pay more than $300.00. This is when the fun began- every time I spoke, he talked back. I would ask him to cook dinner on his days off, I was told; "I am busy, I have stuff to do and just need to rest." I would ask him to take the dog out and was told "Why you are already up, you do it." One night I was exhausted from working 12 hours, coming home and cooking supper, so I just let the dishes in the sink(my other son was out of town playing sports.) I laid on the couch, my 20y/o came home and was so mad that he had to do the dishes after a 4 hour work day.
Finally I told him he has to pay more for room and board, needs to follow my rules and respect me. He told me I don't respect him and I treat him like a child. He than questioned me where I spend my money and reminded me that I went on a holiday and spent money and that I was only charging him $500.00 so I could make money off of him. I was also told he does not have time to make dinner as he sometimes works until 9:30pm. I told him get up in the morning and prep the meal; again I was told I don't understand his schedule, silly me.
I finished the talk with this "I love you, always will. I care for you and always will. I am here for you to offer guidance and emotional support but you have two weeks to move out. The best thing I can do is let you see and experience the world and life."
He told me fine and now is moving in with his father(whom had nothing to do with either of his sons for close to 12years.) He said I only have to pay $200.00 once in a while.
I told him good luck.
This was very hard to do but I can not adult for him, he needs to see for himself. Will he hit rock bottom, yes, will he eventually say "mom, I am sorry", yes. We will have a relationship, yes. As a parent I ensured my boys experienced the world, had great health and dental care, trips aboard, tons of sports, and a top notch education. They both have all the tools they need they just need the tool box to put them all in, that is one item I can buy or make for them.
Good luck my son and good luck to all the other parents adulting. Always here if someone needs to talk or cry.
Great write up. The day your child turns 18, you as a parent no longer have to care for him. Anything you provide is a privilege, not a right. It's now up to the child to be independent, get a job, and rise up to meet the demands and responsibilities of the adult world.
A lot of students mistakenly believe that college is just like what they see in TV or the movies. In the world of Hollywood, college students join fraternities, party, get drunk, hang out on the beach, play video games, and do nothing all summer, all while winging their classes and avoiding their professors. But in the end, they magically graduate and land jobs.
But that's not what happens in reality. The college years should be the time where the child takes steps to gain employment and independence (they are 18 after all). That's the purpose of college. The child should be building relationships with classmates, professors, and employers. He should be partaking in internships and volunteer projects.
You hit the nail right on the head. Of course parents know their son doing nothing but sitting around playing video games is unacceptable. But another mistake that parents make is accepting too little effort in their child's job search. They see the child looking at random job posts online and assume that someone will hire him eventually. But that's really not the case. Many employers use ATS systems and if his resume doesn't make it past the system and falls into the infamous black hole, it's as if he never applied at all. The child really needs to get out there and talk to people face to face. He should be setting up meetings for coffee, going to networking events and job fairs. I've heard of people who have gotten hired without any sort of interview just because they had strong connections who could vouch for them, talking to people is that powerful. Networking, making connections, and building professional relationships is definitely as much a life skill as budgeting, cooking, cleaning, etc.
And the adage "any job is better than no job" rings true. Any job, even low level ones such as working in fast food, folding clothes in retail, or pumping gas (I live in Oregon) still gives a child experience and teaches him to be responsible. That experience and responsibility will help him transition into independence.
I think an article explaining what effective job searching looks like would be useful here as it would give parents whose child is struggling to find a job some suggestions to try.
This was great!!! Thank you 🙏🏻 I already kicked out my 21 year old who has two kids and I needed help on not feeling guilty because I do watch the kids and she isn’t allowed in the house. Needed direction bad!! It’s so hard but yes not putting up
With abuse .
My 22 year old son lives at home while going to community college. He is in his last semester. He is dating the neighbor girl for a year now.
He has become verbally abusive to me and his father(foul language included) We have tried to talk with him and it always ends in an argument. We get accused of pushing his buttons and picking on him because we ask him not to trash our home and pick up his things.
The last argument he became very verbally abusive and we told he had to move out. Well he threw himself out our storm door and broke it and screamed while looking at his girlfriends(who lives with parents also) home you pushed me.
Since then he has been staying with her and only coming home to shower and change clothes and doesn't talk other then hey.
I have cut off his cell phone for non payment and was told to never do that again and turn it back on. I have not. I stated to him I would when he pays his share. I was then told he will not pay it ans I am stupid because he can use anywhere there is wi-fi (which is everywhere). So I had his number transferred to a different phone that I have. I would cancel but his line is user a contract with hi fees.
He wanted to use tools that we have to lock up because he freely lends them out and we don't get them back. So we were talked nice to for a day.
He still just comes and goes to shower and change.
I recently just changed our wi-fi password. So now he doesn't even say hello.
He has never apologized for the hateful name he called both of us at individual times but we are to apologize to his girlfriend because my niece ask our neighbor if the girlfriend was pregnant and if she was it is none of our business.
He does have a job working 25 to 30 hours a week at 8.25 and goes to college for 1 class and still has another semester to do 1 more class. I feel he did this to prolong school so he has an excuse of not working full time.
He recently listed his bed for sale because he needs the money. I feel it was more of a threat to us that he is not going to sleep here anymore but still use are bath facilities.
We told him since he is living next door with his girlfriend to do all his business there and we are told he doesn't want to put that burden on her parents.
He ask me what type of parents throw their child out. We informed I am not throwing him out we are requesting that he moves out. We told him he was being disrespectful to us and in turn was told that we crossed the line with him.
Our siblings and parents tell us to pack his stuff put it on the porch and change the locks. We are not wanting to go to that extreme.
Not sure how to handle the staying elsewhere but using home for bathroom and storage of clothes basically without him flipping out on us. He also informed me he records all conversations he has with us. (I'm sure to replay for girlfriend)
Well, after reading this series of articles, as well as a few of the others, began to follow Mr. Lehman's advice and put together an agreement with our 18-year old daughter. The abuse from her did not stop. Kicked her out a couple of times. Was seeing some progress until one particular flare-up. My wife was forced to call the police. They were kind enough to inform us, and my daughter, that we CANNOT kick her out. She has to be formally evicted. That is the Law. If we lock her out, she can legally break a window to get back in. If we pack her belongings, we can be arrested for stealing. So if you live in California, be aware.
Now that our legs have been cut-out on us, it is back to square one.
Ex Co-Parent Won't Help
Help please... I have attempted to do all you have explained to do, by natural instinct. However, my children's father will not instill the same rules/guidelines. Subsequently, now my children refuse to come to my home and he does absolutely nothing about it.
What am I to do? I am really worried about my children. They can come and go and do as they wish at their father's home. They are 18, 18 and 14, and none are done with high school yet. I miss them, and am very distraught. The most recent times they have come back and I instilled my rules and guidelines, they leave when I abide by them and they don't want to. What is a mother to do? Please help!
my stepson is 17, ADHD diagnosed since he's 7. his parents divorced since he's 3. I came into the family picture 10 years ago. I have a daughter of my own, blended into a family. My stepson has a lot of dark side i suppose he's the classic both parents are guilty of owe him something, he has a huge false sense of entitlement and disrespectful to me for years. i walked the fine line to even feel i need to protect his dad being bully by his manipulation. we have very structure household, his father and mine principles are very alike in parenting. However, his mom is the force that remain untamed, constantly creating issues, we knew this child is identical to his mom in every single way. Due to multiple school incidents, his dad felt he completely bankrupt his trust. There's nothing left to amend a good relationship. he's doing poorly in school, try to always bypass the system, never do a day of honest work, as we lead him with our roles early on his life, he just remain deviant. he's failing school, might not graduate on time. he's in therapy but even that he refuse certain responsibilities to himself just remain a menace in our house. I told my husband, the only to do at this point, is to make a contract for him because he'll never leave w/o try to work on his dad. this kid is into to deep to be straight. I think both of us are already given up on good hope he'll ever turn around and be the kid his father be proud of. I just hate this temporarily sinking feelings because i had an adult son with autism, i forced him to move out when he's 18 and graduate from high school. He refused my guidance, so I request social service to find him housing and declare his independence. he's been off my list all these years. i made peace within myself since.
i encourage anyone out there, if you want your own happiness, and not being a prisoner of your own home, treat the adult troubled kids like guests, and fight your co-dependency, and start to live your own life , with happiness.
Dear Catharine S,
Sigh. Your life sounds almost exactly like mine. My daughter is 29 as well and has been living with her dad and I for 2 years in a small 1400 sq ft. home. Before that she lived on her own, off and on for 9 or so years but would always end up back at home with her ever-present eating disorder and bipolar disorder. She has been a challenge since high school (I even ended up being arrested 5 years ago while we lived in the house she grew up in for shoving her after she grabbed my keys from me on the way out the door to care for my mom because I wouldn't allow her to drive my car-she had just totaled her 3rd car. Subsequently she had a restraining order put on me so I had to move out for 3 months-and my husband went along with it! That was bad enough). But in the two years she's lived here with us in our new, small house have truly been a living hell. As you describe, the verbal abuse she unleashes on me and her dad is truly unbearable. I'm having an endoscopy in 2 weeks because of my GI symptoms-a possible ulcer. Gee, I wonder how this came to be??? I do the same as you, I hide in my bedroom. I cry, I cover my ears. She screams, yells and swears. I can't use the kitchen when she's there bc she needs to have a special routine when she eats-which takes up most of the day! And when I put up a defense when I need to prepare food she unleashes her wrath. I can't even relax in my own living room most of the time. She rants and raves and blames me for being who I am-whatever that means. Mostly she makes up stuff. She did finally re-enroll in college but all her classes are online so she doesn't need to leave the house. Just the way she likes it. My husband enables her ("I'll fill up your car with gas so you can go to your therapy appt.") and is building her a basement apartment at our older daughter and her husband's house where she will move to in April. Halleluiah!!! I just pray that she doesn't cause the same emotional upheaval there as she has in our home. It's bad enough for us. I don't want my other adult child in emotional hell too. She's the only one who keeps me sane! I hope you find a way out of your hell, Catharine. I'll be holding you close in my heart when I'm going through mine.
I have an adult daughter living part time at home and in her own apartment while attending college. I've recently found opioids and narcatics in her room at home. This isn't the firs time but it's progressed. Initially it was marijuana and now the pills.
We talked about the first time it occurred and she said to was holding it for someone from high school. I see a progression and don't know what to do. She been my easiest child and never had given me a reason not to trust her, what should I do?
Only problem between my 21yr old daughter and I is that she stays at her boyfriends(he lives at home) til 3 or 4 am. She works as a visitation aid for foster children, has a weekly chore so she can do it on her own time, is there if I need her help or to babysit once in awhile, pays $250 room/board. She works and go to school full time. Her and the boyfriend do NOT drink or do drugs, don't go out partying . She lets me know when she gets to his house after work or school. He lives 5 minutes away. They have been together for 3 1/2
yrs, we've had pool parties with his family so I know his folks. I have a 17 yr old at home and two little foster girls. I'm a single adoptive mom.
I unfortunately have to live with my adult daughter who is a mother to a almost 9 month old baby boy. We were homeless for almost 2 yrs and she had gotten a place in her name because my credit is messed up and I have an eviction on my record.
When my daughter goes to work, I watch my grandson but lately, she is becoming more verbally abusive to me when she is running late for work or gets angry with me if I don't wake her up on time. She is running my van to the ground and that is the only valuable thing I have left. I'm becoming afraid of her. She's always going out and I'm stuck watching my grandson. I get tired. No matter what I say even I have threatened to leave, she always says that I don't have no where to go. She's right about that. I'm sick and tired of paying almost all the bills because she doesn't know how to budget herself even though I have taught her repeatedly. I have no one to turn to for advice. Trust me, the minute you become homeless, you lose friends in 2.5 sconds. Please give me advice and honestly, please. Yes, it's hard for me if I decide to leave because I love my grandson to the moon and back.
My husband has 7 kids and 3 of them are abusive to themselves and their parents. The parents have continued to cover up for the kids and " protect" (enable) the adult kids despite the drug addiction, lies, vulgarity and pure disrespect. One might suspect different behaviors from a "Morman Family" but that is not the case with this family. One of his sons (age 27) recently was buying my 16 year old son alcohol and weed. It wasn't until this failure to launch supplied my son with xanex and alcohol, and they both nearly died from an overdose, that my husband finally asked his son to leave our home.
I am so grateful to empowering parents. It has helped me maintain my own boundaries and speak very clear regarding right and wrong behavior and expectations. Thank you for the great advice.
The wisdom in your words is undeniable. Thank you.
My daughter is 46, and she is a drug addict. I'm 75. She relapses, loses her job, and spends months on the streets prostituting herself for crack. This time she had a job, but no car. I allowed her to use my car, and she disappeared. My second car was wrecked in accident. So, here I am with no transportation.. I understand I can't declared it stolen since I gave her permission to use it. I'm terrified. I have to walk two miles to buy grocery.. Why allowing her to take car to work is considered blank check to use it for as long as she wants?
I want her dead. It sounds cruel, but I will cry, grieve, and live the rest of my life in peace..
My son will be turning 20, lives at home and has no desire to work. He games on line and makes some money that way but it all goes back into the gaming.
He was so interested in going into the military after barely graduating HS went through the recruiters and is now just spinning his wheels.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I have an adult daughter 38 who has a son 9 they live with me and my husband because she is seperated from her husband.
She doesnt have a job and doesnt help with housework. I dont want to kick her out because of my grandson. What do I do!
I’m so sorry to hear about the challenges you are facing
with your son, and I’m glad that you are reaching out for support.If your son is breaking the law, calling the
police could be an option for you.If
you are considering this, it can be helpful to call on the non-emergency line
during a calm time to get more information on how they might be able to assist
you with your son.We have a https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/how-to-talk-to-police-when-your-child-is-physically-abusive/ which can help guide this conversation as well.Another option for you might be looking into
a program commonly called CHINS/PINS (child/person in need of supervision or
services), or something along those lines.In these programs, you petition the juvenile court to assist you in
holding your child accountable to meeting his responsibilities.For more information about this program,
contact your local juvenile or family court clerk.I recognize how difficult this must be for
you right now, and I wish you and your family all the best moving forward.Take care.
I am so sorry to hear about all that you have experienced
from your son and his girlfriend while they were living in your house.
You and your other family members have the right to be safe from abuse from
your son. I also understand your concern that if you do not allow your
son back into your home, he might not have another place to live.
Something I encourage you to keep in mind is that your son is an adult, and
thus anything you choose to provide to him is considered a privilege.
This includes having a place to live. As James points out in the article
above, nothing changes if nothing changes. Setting and enforcing clear
limits that abusive behavior is not tolerated in your home is one way of
changing this pattern with your son. I recognize how difficult this
situation must be for you right now, and I wish you and your family all the
best moving forward.
Does anyone know of an article or have advice on how to help exact change in the following situation? It relates to the above article on grown children living at home with their child. She's 32 and the Grand baby is almost 2 years old. ...
The mother is lazy and uninvolved in raising her own child, leaving the responsibility to the grandparents. She's not working, sleeps till noon, takes on zero responsibility for anything, including a job, house duties, her child, financial...anything. She shares temporary custody with the father who's remarried to his ex wife. ..who he's told us of her horrible temper and violent alcohol abuse. They are still in a custody battle that's been going nowhere for over a year now and has cost the grandparents around $20,000 that they put off retirement to pay.
On top of the mother's sense of entitlement to do absolutely nothing and have absolutely everything taken care of for her, she's become an intimidating bully to her parents. I mean, it's BAD. She refuses to get a job, excusing everything with some bs reason, and verbally attacking them if they suggest it. They're living as prisoners in their home and feel blackmailed with losing this child to the father and step mom that has an alcoholic violent history. What can they do to get back respect and take back their home? How can they address this spoiled, entitled brat issue and keep the child safe from the threat of being given full custody to the father? Please help. ..
Desperate for Answer
I hear you. It can be quite difficult to address entitlement
and lack of responsibility in an adult child, and it can become even more
complicated when grandchildren are involved. Sometimes, grandparents end
up tolerating more inappropriate behavior from an adult child because they want
to protect their grandchild. On the other hand, change typically doesn’t
happen if a person is comfortable with the way things currently stand. Ultimately,
it is going to be a personal judgment call for each family about the
appropriate limits to set and follow through on. It could be useful to https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/ground-rules-for-living-with-an-adult-child-plus-free-living-agreement/ about behavior expectations while she is living in
the home, along with enforceable consequences. It might also be
beneficial to contact the http://www.211.org/ at
1-800-273-6222 to get information about available resources in the community,
such as support groups, employment services or legal assistance. I
recognize how challenging this situation must be, and I wish you all the best
moving forward. Take care.
I have a son who os going to be 19, graduated from hs, he has clinically ad/hd, aniexty/panic disorder, is disowned by his father, my husband and I are at our witts end because he's depressed, won't go enroll at community college, can't hold job, getting him to apply is luke pulling teeth. We take internet cord away he finds another. We are on verge of kicking him out but I worry because he's depressed but won't get u elp, he asked for help but I can't get hom help cause he's over 18. HELP
Fed up and worried mom
Worried and fed up
I hear how
concerned you are for your son and his future, and I’m glad that you’re
reaching out for support. I also understand your reluctance to tell him
to leave with his diagnoses, and your worry that he won’t be able to support
himself or find help if needed. As Megan Devine points out, this is a
natural concern when your adult child has a diagnosis which impacts the way he
can function in the world. It is also not an excuse to continue working
on these skills to live independently. You might find more helpful
information, as well as a free living agreement template, in her article, https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/ground-rules-for-living-with-an-adult-child-plus-free-living-agreement/. I
recognize how difficult this must be for you, and I wish you and your family
all the best moving forward. Take care.
I have a similar situation. I took in my nephew. He is verbally abusive and physically abusive. Cops are saying that they believe he is mentally handicapped. Even though never being diagnosed as such. They say I can't just kick him out even though he is destroying property and being verbally abusive. What agencies do I go to for help? I'm fed up!!!
I’m so sorry to hear about the living situation you are in
with your nephew. You deserve to be safe in your home, and I’m sorry that
you do not feel supported by the police. Something that can be helpful is
to call the police on the non-emergency line during a calm time, and talk about
what is going on, and what your options are with your nephew’s behavior.
We have a free downloadable worksheet which can help to guide this
conversation; you can get a copy by clicking https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/how-to-talk-to-police-when-your-child-is-physically-abusive/.
In addition, you can reach other agencies which might be able to assist you by
calling the http://www.211.org/ at
1-800-273-6222. 211 is a service which connects people with available
resources in their community. I recognize how frustrating this must be
for you, and I wish you all the best moving forward. Take care.
I hear you. It can
be so difficult when your adult child is making drastic life choices which are
having a big impact on his quality of life. Ultimately, though, your son
is an adult, and so, he can make his own decisions about his work, his
relationships, his finances and so on-even those you might not agree
with. You, in turn, are in control of how you respond to his
choices. For example, you might let him experience the natural
consequences of being unemployed and carrying a lot of debt, and choose not to
help him financially. You might also consider https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/ground-rules-for-living-with-an-adult-child-plus-free-living-agreement/ with him about your expectations for his behavior
while he is living with you. In terms of his relationship with his
girlfriend, it’s going to be more beneficial to step back and allow him to
figure this out, rather than trying to get him to see their relationship from
your perspective as advised in https://www.empoweringparents.com/blog/i-really-dont-like-my-teens-boyfriend-girlfriend/ I wish you all the
best moving forward; take care.
This guy is right you know. The job market is terrible. The worst is yet to come. So what do you suggest for us young people? I agree that yes adult children should move out and get they're own home as suggested however facts are facts about the job market and economy. If everyone is so ticked off because grown kids are stuck under they're parents roof then why don't the old school generation as well as the young generation raise some serious cain together on captial hill until something is done about this economy? Wait, I almost forgot....this was done three years ago and yet still nothing was done about the terrible economy.
Perhaps if our jobs were kept here in America we would not have this problem today. You can't blame us young people completely. These rich bankers are shipping our jobs to china and other lands. We young folks would love jobs that are in plenty for all of us to choose from. That way no one can complain about there being little to no jobs out here. This also would mean everyone who is a young adult does not have to live in they're parents basement and under they're rule.
Here is my story based on true facts: I have looked long and hard for a "real job" that actually pays good money for two years. Only now have I obtained a job that will pay me to make it out here on my own and it was not easy obtaining it just so you are aware. Not to mention I hated living from home to home out of bags but I could not to fathom the thought of living with my parents. As crazy as this sounds I would have rather been homeless for a while. Freedom for me and my parents but more freedom mainly for me. My mother later gave me hell after finding out I was on the streets but I would had rather took my chances living out of bags from home to home, paying what I could to get by.
I don't need my parents for anything like some others out here that I know. It was all cute when I was a small child but now I can't picture dealing with my folks any longer then I would have to. I'm not a freeloader or a clingy child nor do I like my folks very much to stick around them for the rest of my life. Now that have my own place I have my own life to consider and put first before anyone else. It's not that I never respected my parents but I just never cared for them as much and frankly I can live without them.
Anyway back to details. Working in fast food jobs won't cut it because it does not pay much. I worked in fast food for those two years and still could not get by with what little bills I had and a student loan. People who have real jobs get paid $28.00 to $65.00 an hour. With that kind of money you can pay for a $200,000.00 to $400,000.00 home depending on the area you pay less for mortgage or more. $874.00 a month for my $210,000.00 home in Virginia.
I now work as a Armed security officer now making $29.13 an hour with overtime pay so that's a big difference and a heavy load off my problems. I believe that my new well paying job will keep that roof over my head, food on my table, clothes on my back and a car with fuel in the tank for me to drive.
Trust me when I tell you that a job paying only $9.87 an hour is "not" real money nor is it real income. You cannot buy a home in today's market with such poor income. If I even dared try to obtain a home loan while working at Burger King I would be the laughing stock of the loan agency I applied to get a home from.
I dont know where you live ,but in Florida you can't put your adult child's stuff to the curb and tell the police that he doesn't live here anymore.
They will force you to allow them back in the house. You have to go through the eviction/ejection process. Long and drawn out. Not to mention one empowered, pissed off abusive kid in your house.
Thank you for your question. Because the eviction
process varies so much among communities, it is difficult to specifically
answer your question of how it works where you live. If you would like
more information on this process, you can call your local police department on
their non-emergency line, or your local clerk of courts. Another resource
you might try is the http://www.211.org/, which
could provide you with referrals to additional resources such as free/low-cost
legal assistance. You can reach them by calling 1-800-273-6222.
have a friend who is being victimized by adult children - seems the laws are either for partner domestic violence or you have to be over 70 for elder abuse (she is 60 )
adult children that will not leave the parent's home - who intimidate-threaten- destroy/dispose of things - run up utilities bills -
before you mention the legal system think of how much destruction can be done to a person their home (she has been told that they will make the house unlivable if she tries to evict them) their belongings before something like an eviction can be done
you cant call the police because its their word against yours so the police can not assist
you cant just toss them and their things out as the police / legal system will protect them against you doing that and they know it / amazing how well versed they are in the legal system (& since they do not work can obtain free legal advice/services)
the legal process also costs money and when you are among the working poor - barely making ends meet but making too much for any assistance - that is not an option
I understand your distress. It can be extremely frightening
when someone makes such threats. If you don’t feel that calling the police is
an option for you, it may be helpful to contact your local crisis response
service. You can speak with someone there who would be able to help you develop
a safety plan you can implement when your son’s behavior is escalating. The 211
Helpline can give you information on crisis response and other support services
in your area. You can reach the Helpline 24 hours a day by calling
1-800-273-6222. You can also find them online at http://www.211.org/.
I encourage you to reach out to local support services for help with this very
distressing situation. Best of luck as you work through this issue. Take care.
I am sorry you are facing these challenges with your adult
son. I can hear how overwhelmed you are right now. It may be helpful to find
someone in your area you can speak to about these issues who may also be able
to give you information on support services in your community. There is a great
program available in the UK called Family Lives. You can find them online at http://www.familylives.org/uk . You can also
reach them by phone on their hotline 0808 800 2222. Another great support is
The Samaritans (http://www.samaritans.org/
). You can contact them by phone at 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI), by email at , or by regular post at
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA. I’m sure one of these
excellent services will be able to put you in contact with people in your
community who can offer you the help and support you are looking for. We
appreciate you writing in. Take care.
Great article..but my daughters working ..starting paying rent and refuses to communicate with me.
Im working on movibg to my own apartment n she can live where we did.
There are some areas where it’s necessary for the parent to
go through a formal eviction process in order to get their child to move out.
If this is the course of action you want to take, it may be helpful to speak
with legal counsel about what the necessary steps are. The 211 Helpline would
be able to give you information on legal services in your area. You can reach
the Helpline 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-273-6222 or by going online to http://www.211.org/. In the meantime, it might be productive
to disconnect and walk away when your son starts to disrespect or verbally
abuse you. You could say to him something like “It’s not OK to talk to me that
way. I don’t like it” and then leave the room. I would continue to contact the
police or your local crisis response whenever a safety issue arises. You could
also ask the police to fill out a report whenever they are called to your
house. This will help to create a paper trail should you need support for the
eviction process. You can check out the article https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/how-to-talk-to-police-when-your-child-is-physically-abusive/ for more
information on ways of addressing your son’s behavior. Best of luck to you and
your family moving forward. Take care.
Hello, I am actually not a parent nor a grandparent, I am just a young teenager who is quite busy with school. I am the younger brother in my family, and I have an older brother who is almost 26 and lives at home with my parents and me. He can sometimes be a great brother, but most of the time, he is what I would consider an "adult-child". He works a part-time job (only 4 to 5 hours on a weekday), and other than that, he just stays at home enjoying himself.
Here is some background. My brother has had difficulties as a newborn and a child. My parents have told me that there were some problems with his birth, and as a child, he couldn't learn (couldn't stay focused on work), he sometimes would wet his bed at an age of 5 and 6, and even wet himself in the classroom. When my parents moved to the United States, my brother was in 3rd or 4th grade. He didn't receive enough attention and would sometimes stay home alone at a young age because my parents were so busy finding jobs and dealing with other business. He struggled and was even pushed around in school by other students. He grew more violent as he grew older, but now he is a little more calm as he has became an "adult". On the other hand, I was brought up well and my parents focus most of their attention on me because they believe I am the only chance for success in the family.
Currently, my brother acts fairly normal, but has social problems, no immediate sense of responsibility, and all the bad traits you would associate with a person. I don't believe he has grown up yet although there might be health problems associated with this but not yet diagnosed. He only has a sense of responsibility after we have told him that he needs to do something or grow up. After a day or two, he returns back to his selfish and irresponsible old self. He stays up really late, wakes up late, doesn't have the sense of finding a better job, spends all of his free time watching live streams like gambling and video games, plays video games excessively on his computer, enjoys staying at this house with food and things I don't believe he fully deserves. My parents make dinner and he eats it and goes back to his laptop doing unnecessary things at his desk. My parents try many things and really want to help, but it seems like they have run out of options. He has taken 3 real estate tests and failed every single one. We push him to study, but he studies barely anything and goes back to doing other things (is this a disorder?). He has done good things like buy us gifts (not very often) and refuse to take drugs from a friend. He can be friendly and has some passions like chess. He can listen to my parents and understand that my parents encourage him to change. He can become responsible and genuinely more caring after he is told he has to change or correct something, but I don't believe the positives match the negatives.
This perpetuating problem affects the whole house-hold and it has caused arguments to start and tears to fall. It sometimes affects my school work and it has even pushed my father to being seemingly depressed. My parents work so hard to try and make me successful and help my brother have a better life, but my brother basically stays the same. My parents have even asked me to help them in solving this problem, but I'm not sure what to do so I am asking for help. This is not only my brother's fault for this situation and he has struggled and cried. My parents and I have struggled and cried, There almost seems like there is no solution. Is there something that can be done?
I did not read this article but stopped when the suggestion was made to request the violent or verbally abusive adult child leave for one night or three nights. If only I was so lucky. I have called the police numerous times to no avail. Each time I am told by the police that my adult child has been in the home more than thirty days I will have to get a restraining order or go through the eviction process that takes thirty to sixty days. To think someone who has been abused and doesn't have the police supporting them would somehow be able to get a abusive adult to leave their home for a night as a consequence is unrealistic. My case is different than normal due to the fact that my twenty-five year old daughter was in a severe , traumatic car accident her first year of college. She wasn't at home because she was lazy and played video games. Before the accident she worked two jobs. However, she displayed behavioural issues before the car accident and was very demanding within the household.
What developed was a nightmare. From day one in the hospital I requested help from the staff psychiatrist, social worker etc. Received none. I was told because she was an adult they could not share her problems with me. While she had been working before her accident she had an extremely abusive boyfriend. Her therapist said I should let him in the house to visit her since she was bedridden. Against my intuition I followed the therapists advice and he became abusive to her while she was bedridden and I had to request he leave. Her therapists was a nationally recognized doctor who wrote a book on dealing with difficult adolescents.
For five years she had twenty-six reconstructive surgeries and now she is disabled for life. She is finished all of her hospital time and back in school part-time. However, she became addicted to drugs during those five years. I 've sent her to rehab nine times. We are OUT of funds for anymore help. She sees a private addiction therapist. Whenever she relapses she becomes extremely violent. When I call the police they will NOT TAKE HER unless they see clear visible marks on my body. A mark that disappears in a few minutes doesn't count.
I went to the courthouse to ask for help with evicting her and the lawyer who I spoke to asked me if I believed in Jesus Christ. I said yes. He told me to pray. True story. He told me if I got any sleep at night I had it better than his mother who had to take care of a violent parent with Alzheimers. His mother couldn't sleep at night so he told me I had at least the ability to sleep and should pray regarding my daughter's problems.
I attend a support group for families and friends of addicts, I see a private addiction therapist to help with ideas on benefiting my daughter, I've contacted the mobile crisis team in my area, I've contacted Nami and taken their classes. I've called several domestic violence shelters. They are very nice people but only help people suffering from spousal abuse. My daughter has had the best medical care available to heal from her accident. She is disabled but ambulatory. She attends school part -time. She is a good student. However, when she relapses she is violent. I need help breaking the cycle and I have not got it from the police, mobile crisis team or the community. I am ostracized in my neighborhood. I am alone.
Thank you for writing and sharing your experiences. I
hear how difficult these past few years have been for you, and how much you
want to help your daughter. I see that you have used numerous supports in
your community as well, even though the assistance they were able to offer
isn’t what you might have hoped for. I encourage you to continue working
with the resources you have available to help you develop a plan to stay safe
when your daughter relapses if you choose to continue allowing her to stay with
you in your home. You might also contact the http://www.211.org/ at 1-800-273-6222 for any additional resources which might be
available to you. I recognize what a troubling situation this is for you,
and that you have faced challenges which no parent ever imagines for their
child. I wish you all the best as you continue to move forward. Take
What an upsetting situation. It’s understandable you
would be hesitant to involve the authorities when your son made such disturbing statements.
Truthfully, it’s not always possible to tell how serious a person is when they
make suicidal threats. For this reason, we would recommend taking any threats
of suicide or self harm seriously. If your son makes similar statements in the
future, we would recommend either contacting your local crisis response or
calling 911 to have him taken to the hospital to be evaluated. You might also
find it helpful to contact the http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ at 1-800-273-8255 to talk with a specially trained counselor about
your situation as well. Good luck to you and your family moving forward. Take
Hi....I have a nineteen year old granddaughter that lives with me. She was my first out of seven, so she's always been somewhat of the favorite. She was always very close to me & my ex( her grandfather, not biological). She was raised by my daughter & her stepfather whom was ,I think, too strict. He was verbally and somewhat physically abusive sometimes. Anyways, she found out he wasn't her biological father when she was twelve & I think that's when she totally changed.
The older she got, the worse it got & she's always turned to me for comfort & advice until I had my accident & had to stay for 6 months with my daughter. That's when her verbal abuse with me started, everytime she got angry with me, she would disrespect me etc.
When I moved up close to where they lived is really when everything got worse, that was a huge mistake. She got into a huge argument at her mothers & then came to stay with me. I thought things where going to be better for her, since we got along, so I thought.
It was ok for the first couple of weeks & that's when it started, she got a boyfriend, then she was in her room all the time & any little thing that I said to her she would blow up. Eventually her boyfriend started hanging out at the house with us & everything was fine as long as she was ok. She was the child that always had everything she wanted 'cause she was the first, so everyone spoiled her. I'm just as guilty of that, I always thought that as she grew up, she would appreciate everything that we did for her.....I was very wrong!!. Things have gotten totally out of control, she verbally abuses me, disrespects me & turns into a monster when she gets upset, with everyone, she's like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. I don't know what else to do, whe just got into an argument again & now I told her she had to leave. I'm disabled & I have alot of medical issues & I can't do this anymore. I don't feel well after each argument & I'm afraid something is going to happen to me. She lies, she's deceitful, she takes what you say & turns it completely around & makes you look like the bad guy. Everything she says & does is really hurtful 'cause all I've ever done is stand up for & be there for her, I can't believe she treats me like this. She works on & off & is going to beauty school , she's a good girl when she wants to be. I've tried to talk her into getiing some counseling but right away she tells me I think she's crazy. She's an adult , so I can't force her into anything, I feel really guilty for telling her to go, but I really can't do this anymore. I feel ad 'cause I know she has her emotional issues & I wish I could help her.
Please advice me on what I can do...thank you!
I can hear how distraught you are about having to ask your
granddaughter to leave. It’s understandable. You love her and want to do
whatever you can to help her out. Unfortunately, it sounds like she wasn’t in a
place where she could either appreciate the help you were offering nor use it
in a way that would benefit her. I know it is a tough place to be. Truthfully,
some people don’t change until they’re uncomfortable with their current
circumstances. Perhaps being on her own for awhile may help your granddaughter
learn the skills she needs to be a successful adult. You have done what you can
to help her. Now it’s up to her to decide how she wants her life to be. We appreciate
you writing in and wish you the best of luck moving forward. Take care.
I HAVE A TERRABLE THING HAPPEN WITH MY ADULT SONS AND THERE GIRLFRINDS. MY HUSBAND DIED TWENTY YEARS AGO. WHICH LEFT ME WITH MY 21 AND 19 YEAR OLD SONS
AFTER MY HUSBAND DIED THEY TOOK OVER BEING ABUSIVE MY OLDEST SON HAD HIS GIRLFRIEND MOVE IN WITH US. THEY ALL TURNED INTO HERION ADDICTS EXCEPT MY OLDEST SON, WHO WHILE HIS FATER WAS DIEING AT HOME. HE HAD HIS CAR STOLEN AND WAS HAUNTING ME TO GET HIS INSURANCE MONEY. I NEW NONE OF THAT AT THE TIME, NOT TILL YEARS LATER DID I FIND OUT' I ALSO DIDNT NO ABOUT THE HERION. MY YOUNGEST SON GOT AHOLD OF MY BANK CARD ,TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT. THE 2 SON WENT TO JAIL, THE OLDEST SON WAS BUILDING A HOT ROAD. AND HIS GIRL FRIEND HAD MY BANK CARD . WITH IN A YEAR THERE WAS A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS GONE OUT OF MY ACCOUNT. NOW MY MORTAGE WAS $300. PER MONTH. AND BILLS AND FOOD FOR US . MY 2 SON GETS OUT OF JAIL. THEY WERE ALL SO CRAZY I THROUGH THEM OUT, BUT BEING THE KIND MOTHER I AM AND I WAS SO AFRIAD SOMEONE ELSE WAS GOING TO DIE. I PUT THEM IN A TWO BEDROOM APT. MY HUSBAND AND I BOUGHT 2 OF THEM IN ONE MONTH THEY WERE HALF WHAT WE PAID FOR THEM. THEN MY 1 SON GIRLFRIEND GETS PREGANT SHE RUNS AWAY TO HER HERION ADDIC BOY FRIEND LEAVING MY 1 SON WITH A BABY WHICH I RAISED SHE WAS MY JOY. 1 SON TALKS ME INTO MOVING DOWN THE CAPE SO WE BUY A HOUSE I PUT DOWN 0VER $ 1000000.00 AND LIKE A BAD PENNY SHE CHECKS INTO A REHAB AT THE BOTTOM OF MY STREET. HER AND MY 1 SON GO BACK TOGETHER SHE TOOK METHIDONE BUT SHE WAS HIGH ALL THE TIME. I AM CRAZY ABOUT MY GRAND DAUGHTER. THE GIRL WAS IN AND OUT OF MY HOUSE. THEN HER FAMILY STARTED COMMING TO MY HOUSE ALL THE TIME LIKE IT WAS THERE SUMMER HOME. TO GET TO THE END OF THID SHE KEPT STEALING MY MONEY 1 SONS MONEY . THEN TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS THE TWO OF THEM BECAME VERBLY ABUSIVE TO ME. MY SON STABED HIS BROTHER A MOST KILLING HIM
THEY BORROWED MONEY FROM THE MORTAGE FINALLY THEY GOT ME OF THE MORTAGE AND THROUGH ME OUT AFTER HE HIT ME WITH A COFFEE TABLE.
II HAD TO LIVE IN A HOMELESS SHELTER. I FEEL LIKE I WAS ABUSED BY TWO VERY MANIPULATED PEOPLE TO COMMET FRAUD AGAINST ME. NOW SHE HAS HER MOTHER LIVING IN MY HOUSE. I HAVE GONE THROUGH HELL WITH THESE KIDS WELL THERE NOT KIDS THERE FORTY. MY LOVE FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER WHO I RAISED TILL SHE WAS 11, SHE BEGGED ME NOT TO DO ANYTHING. SHES 18 NOW AND I HATE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE I LOVE HER SO, BUT I THINK THEY PUT HER UP TO IT. THROUGH OUT ALL THIS MY 1 SON KEPT TELLING ME HED PAY ME BACK NOW HE SAYS HE DOSENT OWE ME ANYTHING. I FEEL LIKE IM IN A NEVER ENDING NIGHT MEAR. MY HUSBAND WOULD KICK THERE ASSES UP AND DOWN THE BLOCK. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE I HAVENT EVEN TOLD. THERE ALL LIVING IN MY HOUSE HER MOTHER INCLUDED AND IM IN ELDERLY HOUSING AND I MET AN ELDERLY WOMEN WHO DOES THE DOOR AT A BIG CHAIN STORE. SHES TEN YEARS OLDER THAN ME AND IS GOING THROUGH THIS WITH HER GRANDSON AND HIS GIRLFRIEND THEY HAVENT PUT HER ON THE STREET BUT THEY MAKE HER MISRABILL SORRY FOR THE SPELLING I SURE ITS WRONG BUT I DONT CARE
My son is a musician, he plays gigs not for a lot of money but the money goes for the bands recording studio and production costs of recording. He is working at a minimum wage job which doesn't last him until next paycheck. He lives at home and has his own car. I know he loves his music and I would like to support him until he is able to make a living at his art...
His dad feels he should attend a technical school and get a trade that will assure him of more than minimum wage... He has tried to get him interested in a field related to his work (engineering) but which is outdoors and involves measuring and using surveying tools. He does a little but is dead set against school. He seldom spends weekends at home. His dad's expectations of him helping him clean the yard, take stuff to recycling for money, cleaning his bathroom and bedroom, seem like requests with no urgency...
He feels there is no need to have a clean bedroom or clean bathroom except if family will be staying over and might need to use his bathroom. He feels it is a manipulative and controlling request which he will do when he can/wants... He gets irate at our tone or lack of flexibility. He speaks with words that are common in his circles with his friends but feel disrespectful to me. He is a loving son but he is self absorbed and not a very good planner rather a pretty consistent procrastinator... He has left before and slept at friends houses or with aquaintances but those who have no care if he comes or goes are usually people that have no aspirations or who drink a lot or worse... I would like to be a good source of pointing him in the right direction but I seem to speak in an abrasive way that pushes him farther from us... I am not happy with myself when I see myself giving him money and he is static there is no plan for growth.