failure to launch

This week, I woke up each morning to countless pictures on Facebook of kids going off to college. So cute as they set up their dorms and ventured off into the next step of the adult world. It left me thinking, what about the kids who chose not to go to college?
Firm but fair consequences should be laid out in your agreement. The idea is for your child to mature into a person who faces
As families move from a caregiving mindset to a caretaking one, failure to launch is becoming increasingly common.
A new Pew study out this week revealed that an increasing number of millennials are living at home or with family. In fact, the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds are more likely to be living with their families today than they were in the depths of the Great Recession.
Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.
Allowing teens to grow and feel uncomfortable is vital to their emotional development and is just as important as all that nurturing we provided. As our teenagers graduate, our goals for them should graduate as well.
My son, my one and only child, graduates this week. So, in the spirit of letting go, I tried to imagine what life will be like for him in 10 years. This is what I came up with.
But there is a sense that the window is rapidly closing, as billionaire funders, Beltway elites, and early-state activists
Persistence, the development of resiliency, introspection and self-understanding, and appropriate family support are the key to moving an adolescent into true adulthood.
Parents are left trying to decide how much to help. Whether or not to back away. They often blame themselves. Or go through a period of time where they deeply question what they could have done.
Sometimes we wish life were like the movies. (Really, we almost always wish that.) The thing is, some movies are not so enviable
Matthew McConaughey has reinvented himself as a serious actor, launching himself out of the chick flick ghetto and into Oscar territory with Dallas Buyers' Club. But what we want to know is how has his characters' approach to love and sex changed over the years.
And the time it takes for young people to settle into a career (and ultimately retire) isn't the only area where black Gen
Some young adults have simply gotten too comfortable at home and because their needs are being taken care of, have little incentive to leave. While your intentions are probably the best, you may inadvertently be doing your child a disservice by allowing this status quo to continue.
My friend leans forward, gripping her latte with both hands. "He looked so peaceful, lying there on the couch with an afghan bunched under his head," she said. "I could hear him snoring slightly -- just like he did when he was a baby. Sound asleep. And you know what? I just wanted to smack him on the head and scream 'Get up! Get up! Get your lazy ass up and do something!'"
For other parents, the opposite is true: They wouldn’t mind knowing a little more about their child’s comings and goings
The Great Recession has led to the largest spike ever in the number of Americans living in multigenerational households, according
"The amount I spent in gas and tolls was more than I made in my job," she said. After eight fruitless months, Samakow -- by
Still, as heartbreaking as adolescence is for a parent (it's no picnic to plummet overnight from She Who Must Be Adored to