Parenting Adolescents & Young Adults

Written by Maggie Vlazny, MSW, LCSW

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As teens grow and change, parents need to be fluid. The parents must be able to change their rules, parenting methods, and ways of relating, in order to encourage teen autonomy. And they must do this without totally relinquishing parental guidance and control. If parents lose their control,repparttar result is an adolescent who is out of control. The trick is to strikerepparttar 149636 proper balance between setting limits and allowing increasing independence at each stage ofrepparttar 149637 child's developmental process.

The years of adolescence can be hard on all involved, but with love and careful guidance,repparttar 149638 transition can be a time of growth forrepparttar 149639 whole family.

College kids and other young adults often have a really tough time during this period of transition. And so do their parents. Anxiety runs high for everyone now that its time to lay down a path towardrepparttar 149640 future. Parents want to be sure thatrepparttar 149641 destination is visible, safe, and secure. Kids want time to figure out where they want to go.

It might help to know thatrepparttar 149642 majority of people do not arrive into young adulthood with all their life decisions already in place. Now isrepparttar 149643 time when they have finally leftrepparttar 149644 nest and are just beginning to spread their wings. That heady feeling of flight understandably distances them fromrepparttar 149645 ground andrepparttar 149646 flight pattern is unpredictable. Parents, take heart. This isrepparttar 149647 normal life cycle developmental task of separating fromrepparttar 149648 family. A simultaneous developmental task is creating a new, age appropriate connection withrepparttar 149649 family. It will all happen in due time.

Common issues for parents of young adults are: Kids' financial dependence upon them while hearing declarations of independence. The young adult who opts out of college. Parental inability to let go, as evidenced by constant phone calls, visits, and worrying. This hasrepparttar 149650 effect of clippingrepparttar 149651 bird's wings... Conflicts when he or she makes brief visits home from college--so many people to see in so little time! What about us??? Re-adjustment to living together again during summer vacations. Difficulty negotiating a new, age appropriate connection withrepparttar 149652 young adult. Lack of control overrepparttar 149653 young adult can feel terrifying to some parents.

Common issues for young adults are:

All ofrepparttar 149654 above...withrepparttar 149655 added challenges of forming new friendships, learning to have mature, intimate relationships, doing well in school or work, and establishing goals forrepparttar 149656 future.

If your child is not in school, you may feel like a failure. You are not, and neither is he or she. You do not ever want to convey that message because it will cause unimaginable damage to your child's soul. It will also become a self fulfilling prophecy. Which brings me to my favorite question, anyway: How do you define success? Does success mean acquiring wealth? I personally don't think so, but I'm inrepparttar 149657 minority. I define success as being my own authentic self (not what people or society expect me to be) doing work that I love, and living with someone that I love. It's that simple. And that difficult. But I can tell you thatrepparttar 149658 people I know who agree with my definition of success, and make it happen, tend to berepparttar 149659 happiest people I know.

Maggie Vlazny is a Certified Stepfamily Counselor, Certified Imago Therapist, and Certified EMDR Therapist. Her practice is in Florham Park, NJ. This is a mother-daughter practice. As a team, they are able to combine their strengths to offer you the care most suitable to your needs. They offer comprehensive services to traditional and non traditional individuals, couples, and families.

The Truth Behind Having Children

Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

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6.The more you do for your children when they are older,repparttar more you impede their own independent progress. Love is turning them loose, not providing for their every need. Life is a series of lessons from experiencing failures and successes. Parents who insist on providing for every need thwart a child’s development and rob them of life itself. Failure, pain and mistakes are success if we let children experience it and learn from it.

7.Children grow faster than we can keep up. Aboutrepparttar 149599 time we come to understand and adjust to a particular stage in their life, they have moved on. You will always be behind, thinking of them in terms of a previous molt. If we do not adjust and respect their new mature stage, but keep them in our mind where they are no longer, they will move on to friends who see them for who they really are.

8.Each child brought into this already overpopulated world places an enormous burden onrepparttar 149600 carrying capacity ofrepparttar 149601 earth. The earth is finite. Reproduction is infinite…until there is environmental collapse.

9.Worrying about teenage hormone-driven kids-- who might do what you did when you were that age-- is hell.

With all that said, there will never be another time in life when you feel so important and are so needed as when you are raising your family. There is also no equal affinity you can have for another than that for your child. Watchingrepparttar 149602 development of children, when all things inrepparttar 149603 world are fresh and new to them, is like reliving these discoveries and joys yourself.

But do not be deceived into thinking it lasts. It not only doesn’t, it passes so quickly you will be aghast. It is also cruel in that, although you are a constant to your child, they are an evolving creature with a series of deaths and rebirths through their various stages. You will long forrepparttar 149604 soft tender feel of their infant bodies, their sweet milky breath, their cute antics and clumsy verbiage, their first steps, their fears that only you can allay, andrepparttar 149605 awakening of their intellect. All these marvelous things pass quickly, ultimately leaving you withrepparttar 149606 empty nest syndrome and to mourn each stage of their childhood that is gone forever.

Several children later, these arerepparttar 149607 lessons I have learned. Would I like to experience rearing them all again? Yes, in a heartbeat. Did I do everything as well or as intelligently as I now perhaps could and am telling you to? No.

Such is life.

Dr. Wysong is author of seven books on health, nutrition, philosophy and origin of life. He is director of the non-profit Wysong Instute and author of the Wysong e-Health Newsletter (free on-line) now in its 18th year of continuous publication. He may be contacted at and a free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at

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