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When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?: Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult


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It's the parenting guide for parents who thought they no longer needed one--for parents who worry as their 20-something kids struggle to grow up; who are saving for retirement but now have to reopen the bank of Mom and Dad; who look forward to downsizing but have a boomerang child living at home again.

And it's the parenting guide that says it's all going to be OK--just step back but stay connected, and don't forget to take care of yourself. Kids may be taking longer to graduate from college, start a career, marry, have children, but it's natural. Just as scientists a century ago discovered a new phase in life called adolescence, there's now another developmental stage, emerging adulthood. According to Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, the world's leading authority on emerging adults, and his coauthor, Elizabeth Fishel, author of Sisters and mother of two 20-something sons, the time spent in emerging adulthood actually helps kids become happier, healthier grown-ups.

When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? covers every aspect of life for an 18- to 29-year-old, from that first taste of independence at college to that time at the end of the 20s, when the majority of kids are settling down. It explains what grown children are going through--intense self-focus, instability, a feeling of being "in-between" mixed with a breathtaking sense of possibilities--and how parents should deal with these changes, from six ways to listen more than you talk, to money 101 (and why never to use money to control your child's life), to troubleshooting their failure to launch, to, finally, the dos and don'ts of promoting a successful transition to adulthood.

Because yes, they really will grow up.

About the Author

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D., is the author of Emerging Adulthood, the book that brought attention to this new stage of life; editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research; and executive director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood. He is also research professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he lives with his family.

Elizabeth Fishel is the author of Sisters, I Swore I’d Never Do That (winner of the Parents' Choice award), and Reunion. She has written extensively about family issues for Parents, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, More, and many other magazines.

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Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen
Workman Publishing
Fishel, Elizabeth
Self Help-Family Issues
Parent & Adult Child
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Family Relationships
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Interpersonal Relations
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