By Ronda Nissley
There is no shortage of resources available to teach us how to parent each phase of childhood from infants and toddlers to tweens and teens. But the plethora of guidance slows to a trickle when it comes to navigating our relationship with our adult kids. At what point do we stop “parenting” – when they head off to college? When they move out of the house? Or maybe when they get married or have their first child. Our team at Encompass all agree that as our children transition into adulthood, our roles as parents do and should change.
In a non-scientific survey, I interviewed a number of people to see what their experiences were as adult children and what they would have preferred. Below is a composite of their responses along with a few of my own non-expert thoughts:
For more information on this topic - Michelle Seitzer addresses this topic in greater depth in her article: Adult Children: The Guide to Parenting Your Grown Kids and provides some great information for each decade of life.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.