Magazine article Work & Family Life

Living with Grown Kids in Harmony

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Living with Grown Kids in Harmony

Article excerpt

Saying "no" to the people we love is a learned skill. And when a grownup child moves back home, it's a skill we may need to practice to safeguard our time, avoid aggravation and keep the peace. Dr. Susan Newman, author of "The Book of No," offers these suggestions for how to live harmoniously with grownup children.

Parents will want to:

BE SYMPATHETIC to the feelings of your adult child, who may have trouble getting started or is facing a personal or professional setback. But don't ignore behavior that upsets you. Talk about it so tensions don't build.

UNDERSTAND that your child is not the same as when she or he left home. Social and eating habits, routines and politics may be different.

AVOID ENABLING laziness. Ask for, assign and insist on help so your offspring is forced to contribute in some way. …

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