When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?

When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?

by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett Ph.D., Elizabeth Fishel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761162414
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D., coined the term “emerging adulthood” and wrote the classic book on this life stage, Emerging Adulthood. He is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University and executive director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Fishel is the author of Sisters, Reunion, I Swore I’d Never Do That, and The Men in Our Lives, and a journalist who has written for Vogue, O, Good Housekeeping, Parents, More, Family Circle, and other magazines and newspapers. She lives in Oakland, California, and is the mother of two 20-somethings.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why This Book (and Why We're Writing It Together) iv

Chapter 1 The Zigzagging Road to Adulthood 1

Chapter 2 Your Parallel Journey 18

Chapter 3 From Parent and Child to (Something Like) Friends 38

Chapter 4 Mom, R U Up? 60

Chapter 5 The College Years 78

Chapter 6 The Boomerang Kid 107

Chapter 7 You Can't Hurry Love 127

Chapter 8 Saying "I Do" or "I Don't" 154

Chapter 9 For Hire 180

Chapter 10 The Bank of Mom and Dad 209

Chapter 11 Keeping the Faith (or Not) 230

Chapter 12 When Things Go Wrong 244

Chapter 13 Emerging at Last 270

Acknowledgments 285

Index 287

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A Dr. Spock for parents with children in all stages of emerging adulthood."
–Robin Marantz Henig, coauthor, with Samantha Henig, of Twentysomething

"Parenting kids in their twenties takes tact, patience, and wisdom. If you find you are running out of all three, you must read When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? This is the book parents have been waiting for. It will restore your confidence and lift your spirits."
—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., coauthor of Raising Cain

"Wise, very concrete help for parents trying to find the elusive middle ground between biting their tongues and remaining actively involved with the life dilemmas of their emerging adult children."
—Philip and Carolyn Cowan, professors emeriti, University of California, Berkeley

"A timely guide for parents who are navigating their children’s transition to adulthood—helpful, hopeful, and engaging."
—Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D., Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development, Teachers College, Columbia University

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