Today on NBC News’s THINK page, I have a piece up about parenting young adults–and how much different it is from how I thought it would be years ago. I’d love for you to read the whole thing and let me know what you think! -Meagan
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
When they were young, my entire existence seemed to revolve around stopping them from doing certain things while compelling them to do others. Today I no longer need to teach them basic life skills, like how to cross the street without being annihilated by a garbage truck or why showering every day is a good idea — though, let’s be clear, there are days I ponder reviewing that particular lesson — and I have neither the responsibility nor opportunity to monitor their schedule minute-by-minute.
But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Nor that my duties are behind me. Despite all the bold statements I made when they were 8 about tossing them unceremoniously out of the nest the moment they turned 18, I have since realized my smug error in thinking they would be fully formed adults ready to be thrown out into the world without repercussions.from Parenting kids over 18 is still parenting. You just get less control and the stakes are higher., via NBCNews.com