Two of the biggest conflict areas in marriage are sex and finances. It is probably not a coincidence that these are two of the hardest areas to talk to your children about
One of the goals of parenting is raising a child who is marriageable. There is a great opportunity to work on this if there is a single adult child who has returned home to live.
The relationship of a single parent with their adult child at home can potentially be a complicated one. As with every step of parenting we need to take time out to examine the relationship. A single parent, as every parent does, needs to make sure that they are not placing getting their needs met in front of what is best for their child.
It is easy for a college student or twenty something returning home to fall into old patterns. Parents must be out front on this. As we have been talking this week, expectations need to be established. It is easy to fall into the pattern of mom having an extra work load.
t is especially important for college aged or young adults, to establish these boundaries if there are younger siblings around. It is difficult for a young adult who has lived on their own to fall back under house rules but the expectations of the household should still apply.
It seems that many families in this economy have to move back into their parents’ home. Some parents have adult children who have not yet moved out because of schooling or again the state of the economy and housing/job crisis. Both ends of the circumstance may be asking the question, “what now?”
Training a child is a constant state of reminding that there are consequences (both positive and negative) for choices made. It is easy in parenting to focus too heavily on the negative consequences and not reward positive choices.