Has one of your grown children boomeranged back home? Do you want to support their independence without rejecting them? Or, at the other end of the spectrum, have you lost touch with your adult child? Do you want to re-connect but are worried about meddling?
Becoming a Wise Parent for your Grown Child is a warm and practical guide that gives parents a step-by-step approach to handling the many problems that can arise with grown children: How to relate to a grown child who has chosen a lifestyle radically different from your own How to establish boundaries and remain close How to support autonomy so they can move away from home successfully How to give feedback, not unwanted advice When to speak up and when to bite your tongue about the way your son or daughter is treating his or her own children.
Filled with lively real-world examples and challenging self-assessment questions, this book shows you how to gain some distance from the issues you're facing, put your adult children's problems in perspective, and speak up or take action in a way that will strengthen your relationship with them.
Authors and book featured in a special feature on the Failure to Launch DVD.
More information: www.becomingawiseparent.com
About the authors:
Eileen Clegg spent 20 years as a daily newspaper journalist and has written and/or illustrated numerous articles and books including Goodbye Good Girl (New Harbinger, 1998), Claiming Your Creative Self: True Stories of Everyday Women (1999), Creating a Learning Culture (Cambridge University Press 2002), and the Corporate University Workbook (Jossey Bass Pfeiffer 2005). She is founder of the company Visual Insight, creating visual language murals to document leadership and think tank sessions for educational nonprofits, technology conferences, and Fortune 500 companies. Her website is www.visualinsight.net.
Betty Frain has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist for more than 30 years with special expertise in family dynamics and recovery from trauma. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from the Fielding Institute. She currently is the clinical director of CARE Children's Counseling Center, California Parenting Institute in Santa Rosa, California. Betty has devoted her career and life to understanding people and helping them thrive. She and Eileen are collaborating on a new book Extremophile People about human resilience. Her website is www.drbettyfrain.com.