Aspects of Adult Child Growth
The term “adult child” generally refers to someone who is no longer a minor, but who has not yet reached full adulthood. In many cases, adult children are still in the process of completing their education and/or establishing themselves professionally. As such, they may still be reliant on their parents for financial support and/or emotional guidance.
While every adult child is unique, there are certain aspects of growth and development that are common to most. For example, most adult children will eventually become more independent from their parents, both emotionally and financially. They will also typically take on more responsibility for their own lives, including their careers and personal relationships.
As adult children grow and develop, they often face a number of challenges. For example, they may struggle with making the transition from adolescence to adulthood. They may also have difficulty managing their own finances and/or forming healthy relationships. However, with time and experience, most adult children are able to overcome these challenges and become successful, well-adjusted adults.
The following are a few tips for parents of adult children:
- Encourage your child to be independent.
- Help your child develop a strong sense of self-reliance.
- Encourage your child to take on more responsibility for his or her own life.
- Teach your child how to manage his or her finances.
- Encourage your child to form healthy relationships.
- Provide emotional support to your child during times of difficulty.
- Offer advice and guidance when asked, but respect your child’s autonomy.
- Remember that your child is an adult, and should be treated as such.
These tips may be useful as you raise your child, but if you are a parent of an adult child, you may need to address your child’s needs in different ways. For example, if you have a child who has not yet completed high school, you may need to address his or her emotional needs differently than you would if your child is a college graduate.
While adult children can be challenging at times, they can also be rewarding. They provide their parents with a source of pride and love as they grow and mature into responsible adults. As such, adult children are often a source of joy for their parents.
Also, for parents who have an adult child with special needs, this can be a source of great joy. Your child may have special needs, but they do not have to diminish your joy. In fact, you may find that your child with special needs will bring you even greater joy as you watch him or her mature into a successful, independent adult.