Posted on 6/4/2019
When children were raised, reared, or simply brought up, they emancipated “on time.” Upon high school graduation, children went to college, into the military, or became employed. Some, like my...
Posted on 11/11/2014
Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one’s own bills) was 21? Why do...
Posted on 1/21/2014
Q: What can be done to stop a nineteen year old from biting his finger nails? This has been an ongoing habit from early childhood. He's obviously damaging his fingers and maybe even his teeth....
Posted on 2/26/2013
Q: My husband and I have a 21-year-old daughter from his first marriage. She was suspended from college for bad grades and is waiting out her time until she can go back. Meanwhile, she works for...
Posted on 12/11/2012
Q: We have an adult child who doesn't want to grow up. She quit college after two years and moved across the country. As we anticipated, she's having difficulty supporting herself. In fact, she...
Posted on 3/15/2011
Is it verbal abuse or just snide humor?
It appears that a recent column of mine had an effect similar to a Rorschach inkblot: People read their own personal experiences and/or biases into it...
Posted on 3/1/2011
Boyfriend just needs to grow up
Q. Our 19-year-old daughter is dating a 19-year-old, who, in general, we like. He's not a partier, he's serious about his education, etc. The problem is that his...
Posted on 2/22/2011
A hidden abuse problem: Kids who assault parents
One of the more heartbreaking consequences of the "psychological" parenting philosophy and style that American parents began adopting in the...
Posted on 1/26/2010
Parents need to teach adult daughter to take care of herself
A colleague of mine used to say, "Don't ask a question if you don't want the answer."
A reader recently asked me what rules she...
Posted on 12/29/2009
IN FORMERLY EMPTY NEST, SHE'LL RUFFLE FEATHERS
Q. What, if any, ground rules can and should parents set for a child returning to live at home after college graduation? My husband and I are...