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How to Read This Book xiii
Fifteen Virtues (plus Prayer) for Parents of Grown Children 13
Chapter 1 Life After High School, College, or Whatever 53
Chapter 2 The Single Life - For a While or Forever 67
Chapter 3 Choosing a Mate and Planning a Wedding 79
Chapter 4 Their Child(ren) and Your Grandchild(ren) 91
Chapter 5 If Your Child Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer 101
Conclusion: The Bottom Line 115
Appendix A Survey Results 117
Appendix B A Sending-Forth Blessing 119
Posted March 9, 2011
Author Susan Vogt, a Roman Catholic who writes on marriage, parenting, and spirituality, believes these topics transcend religious affiliation, and that "authentic wisdom is usually transferable among religious traditions." Parenting Your Adult Child addresses typical transitions of young adults (YA) from after-high-school to their middle years, and the challenges parents face in trying to support them. In the introduction, Vogt presents a number of lists including thorny parenting issues, stages of faith, and common threads derived from results of the author's research. In summary, she writes "It is the parents' job to keep loving their children, no matter what; and it is the young adults' job to keep seeking, no matter what." Parenting Your Adult Child begins with a 40-page foundational section exploring 15 virtues for parents of grown children. Vogt assigns three of the virtues to each of the remaining five chapters, which focus on a particular transitions. The five chapters run from 10 to 14 pages each, and all close in the same way: in their own words, quotes from parents and young adults; reflection questions; prayer; and thoughts to keep in mind. For example, Chapter two, Life after High School, College, or Whatever, highlights the virtues of (1) ingenuity, (2) mindfulness of emotions, and (3) listening. Among the subtopics are cohabitation, boomerang young adults, church attendance, and employment/income. Reflection questions deal with areas in which parents and children disagree and seeking advice from other parents. Vogt offers four thoughts to keep in mind, including "don't listen with your answer running." All this and an appendix containing survey results and an extensive bibliography come together to fulfill the goal Vogt had in writing: "To allow the wisdom of age to meet the energy of youth in the middle."
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