Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Their Parents

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Broadway Books/Flying Dolphin Press, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 242 pages
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We raise our children to be independent and lead fulfilling lives, but when they finally do, staying close becomes more complicated than ever. And for every bewildered mother who wonders why her children donít call, there is a frustrated son or daughter who just wants to be treated like a grownup. Now, renowned editor Jane Isay delivers the perfect gift to both parents and their adult childrenóreal-life wisdom and advice on how to stay together without falling apart.

Using extensive interviews with people from ages twenty-five to seventy, Isay shows that weíre far from alone in our struggles to make this new, adult relationship work. She offers up groundbreaking insights and deeply moving stories that will inspire those in even the toughest situations. Isayís warmth and wit shine through on every page as she charts an invaluable course through the confusing, and often painful, interactions parents and children can face. Walking on Eggshells is the much-needed road map that will keep you connected to the people you love most.

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Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Their Parents

User Review  - Lauren Sergy - Book Verdict

Primarily through anecdotes and stories from adult children and their parents, Isay's work is a "you are not alone" title rather than a practical guide. A welcome companion to those wishing to know how other people have navigated thorny child-parent relationships. (LJ 2/15/07) Read full review

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User Review  - Khristy - Goodreads

Offers great advice for parents, sadly lacking in advice for children. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Jane Isay has been an editor for over forty years. She discovered Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, commissioned Patricia O'Connor's bestselling Woe Is I and Rachel Simmons' Odd Girl Out, and edited such nonfiction classics as Praying for Sheetrock and Friday Night Lights. She lives in New York City, not too far from her grown children and grandchild.

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