"Failure to Launch", Parenting

Dos and Don’ts to Financially Supporting an Emerging Adult

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The US Census Bureau’s latest numbers show that over 35% of millennials in California still live at home. With so many young people never leaving home or returning home, a financial burden is put on their parents. Even for emerging adults (18-29 year olds) not living at home, parents are still financially helping them. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in parents taking on additional debt, delaying their life plans, or even postponing their retirement. Thankfully, there are specific things parents can do to lessen the financial burden. Read on to learn some dos and don’ts to financially support your emerging adult child. Continue reading “Dos and Don’ts to Financially Supporting an Emerging Adult”

"Failure to Launch", Adulting, Parenting

Rejecting the Label “Failure to Launch”

You may have heard of the phenomenon called failure to launch. There are blogs out there touting that it’s a “syndrome”, making it sound like an actual diagnosis (which it is not!). I am encouraging everyone to stop slapping the failure to launch label on young people who are trying to find their way. It’s a negative term that pathologizes young people’s journey towards adulthood.

Successfully transitioning into adulthood is a process. Continue reading “Rejecting the Label “Failure to Launch””

College, Depression

Is it Depression or Just Normal College Stress?

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We thought it was just normal stress from being in college…

Unfortunately, precursors to a major depressive episode and depression often masquerade as “just normal college stress”. Sadly, the parents quoted above learned this the hard way. If they or their daughter had known what to look for, she could have gotten the help she needed and avoided withdrawing from college. Learn what signs to look for and get help before things get bad.  Continue reading “Is it Depression or Just Normal College Stress?”

Parenting

Four Essential Elements for Effective Consequences

Creating Effective Consequences for Children

Parents often ask me how to effectively create consequences for their teen or emerging adult child. In some ways, it’s the same as when you crafted consequences for your young child, but there are two really important differences. I thought about all the elements I’ve spoken to parents about over the years and created a list of the four essential considerations when creating effective consequences. Continue reading “Four Essential Elements for Effective Consequences”

College

Top 10 Things Colleges Look for in Applicants

College application time can be very stressful for the whole family, especially because sometimes it’s hard to predict what college are looking for. With the help of the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s (IECA) survey, let’s demystify what colleges are looking for in applicants. Below are the top ten strengths and experiences colleges look for (with my added commentary below each point). Continue reading “Top 10 Things Colleges Look for in Applicants”