Mom, Can I Move Back in with You?: A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings

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J.P. Tarcher, 2004 - Self-Help - 276 pages
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A guide for the parents of the dazed and confused generation identified in the runaway bestseller Quarterlife Crisis.

Today's twenty-somethings are facing an unprecedented cultural shift in which they're feeling lost, uncertain about the future, and/or in crisis. What used to be the traditional markers of adulthood, from getting married and starting a family to earning a living, are increasingly being delayed-and it's causing as much confusion for parents as for their adult children. Quarterlife Crisis identified the difficulties twentysomethings are facing. But what about their parents? Guiding your twenty-something kid requires a whole new set of parenting skills. Here, finally, is a book to help parents navigate this tumultuous period in their adult children's lives.

Is it OK to let your kid move back in with you because he can't seem to commit to any one career-and therefore has no paycheck coming in? What do you do when your child calls you and says that her rent is due and she needs some quick cash? Just how involved should parents be in their adult children's lives? And what do twenty-somethings actually want and need from their parents? While parents are facing an urgent need for answers, few experts are talking about the subject, and there is little conventional wisdom to draw from. In this invaluable book, Gordon and Shaffer identify the complex issues these parents are facing and offer wise and effective strategies for successfully parenting a twenty-something "kid."

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Mom, Can I Move Back in with You? A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings

User Review  - Rob Walsh - Book Verdict

Gordon and Shaffer intertwine real-life stories (culled from interviews and focus groups with young adults, as well as from their own personal experiences) with wit and practical guidance, resulting in an outstanding resource for parents. (LJ 6/15/04) Read full review

Mom, Can I Move Back In With You?

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A better title for this book might have been Helping Your Kids Become Real Adults, as Gordon, a social worker and psychotherapist, and Shaffer, an educator, focus on the changing roles of parents and ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Linda Perlman Gordon is a clinical social worker and trained mediator with a private psychotherapy practice in Washington, D.C. Susan Morris Shaffer is the deputy director of The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, an organization that addresses educational equity and gender-related issues.

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