Permanent Parenthood – A New Life Stage?
by Jane Adams, Ph.D.
Author, Life Coach
My friend Jane Adams has written a terrific blog about an experience I know personally – having a grown child live at home. She has some enlightening statistics and insights.
She is hoping to develop a book on the subject and is looking for people to interview, so read the piece and if you want to connect with her, contact her at http://www.janeadams.com/index.php/432/ or connect with her on Facebook.
“85% of college graduates returning home!,” a statistic that struck fear into many parental hearts when it resonated through the media echo chamber recently turns out to be the invention of a now-defunct consulting firm named TwentySomething, according to Politi-fact.com, which tracked the story to its source after Huff/Post, Time and CNN picked it up without checking its provenance. According to the real numbers reported recently by a more reliable source, the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s not the class of 2012 parents should be worried about, it’s their older siblings; last year nearly 30% of 25-34 year-olds – about 5.9 million adults – co-resided with their parents, a 26% increase from 2007. And while the economy certainly has something to do with it, it’s not by any means the only reason…
Jane Adams, Ph.D. - A graduate of Smith College, Jane Adams holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and has studied at Seattle Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Washington, D.C. Psychoanalytic Foundation. She has been an award-winning journalist, a founding editor of the Seattle Weekly, and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the Family Advocate of the Year award from “Changes,” an organization devoted to improving relationships between parents and adolescent children.
She is the author of Boundary Issues: Using Boundary Intelligence to Get the Intimacy You Need and the Independence You Want in Life, Love and Work, I’m Still Your Mother: How To Get Along with Your Grown Up Children For The Rest of Your Life, and When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us.