Are any of your adult kids still living at home and still receiving your help financially? Well, you may have a failure to launch situation.
It means that a young adult isn’t “adulting” successfully. It may mean that they aren’t able to leave home, operate independently, or make normal “adult” decisions.
Adulting (or being a responsible adult) is the opposite of failure to launch. It involves some activities most of us take for granted.
Some Characteristics of Adulting are:
How does a capable young person lose ambition and direction?
The causes of failure to launch can be complex. Chronic mental illnesses, such as severe depression, autism, or substance abuse can sometimes be factors. However, the culprit is often parents.
Parents want their kids to succeed, of course! They want them to grow up to be healthy adults, contributors to society, with healthy relationships and a stable professional life — whatever that looks like for each kid.
A parent can act too much a kid’s behalf, which results in the kid losing the opportunity to overcome an obstacle or rise to the occasion themselves.
So how do I get my kid off the couch and off to college? We have a few suggestions:
Our specialists can help you and your family provide opportunities for success for your kids. Let’s turn failure to launch into a bright successful future for your kids
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