BOOMERANG KIDS by Carl Pickhardt

BOOMERANG KIDS

A Revealing Look at Why So Many Children Are Failing on Their Own, and How Parents Can Help

KIRKUS REVIEW

Parenting expert and therapist Pickhardt (Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth About the Pre-Teen Years, 2010, etc.) tackles the issue of recently graduated students failing in the “real world” and provides suggestions on how concerned parents can help.

The author, who writes the parenting blog “Surviving (Your Child’s) Adolescence” for Psychology Today, begins by defining the concept of adolescence in all its stages before investigating the concept of delayed maturity (what he terms "trial independence") and what that means for your child. Pickhardt offers a practical guide for understanding and supporting early adults as individuals while still respecting their nascent freedom. Children who fail on their own often find themselves returning to their original state—back under their parents’ roof. The author candidly discusses how parenting styles must evolve to create sustainable relationships as children first enter adulthood. Each chapter provides fictitious examples of a challenge a late-stage adolescent will face while entering into a living and working situation that is entirely self-supported. The strength of the book is its thoroughness—the author draws from his experiences counseling parents and children alike in order to provide realistic solutions to problems both will face during this transitional period.

A must-read for any parent frustrated or heartbroken over their child’s difficulties striking out on their own.

 

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4858-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2011




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