“Remember teaching your five-year old to ride a two-wheeler? Launching them from high school to college is a lot like that -
knowing when to pull, when to push, when to take your hand off the back of the seat, and what to do when they fall.”
-- Jane Adams, Ph.D.
Build positive, strong relationships with your teens as they become young adults
After spending 18 years intensely involved in day-to-day parenting,
you’re entering a new stage of life, one in which the roles, rules and opportunities are different for both
you and your teenager. What’s similar, though, are the psychological issues you’re both confronting. While they’re getting ready to leave home,
you’re trying to figure out how to let them. While they’re figuring out who they will be without you, you’re wondering who you’ll be without them.
Meanwhile, their emerging adulthood is stirring old dreams, new fantasies, and forgotten fragments of the person you were before you were their parent.
Keeping them on track without losing your own balance during the most challenging time in family life isn’t easy.