I frequently write articles and advice for dads in various stages of life - expectant dads, new dads, divorced dads, single dads, etc.. But dads who have adult children, particularly those who are struggling, have a special need too. Their children are often the hardest of all to influence because they are largely independent and tend to resist further influence from their parents.
When an adult child who lives away from home starts making serious mistakes in his or her life, a father often feels a need to step in. But the effort to influence a problem adult child has to be handled directly but delicately, recognizing the limits that parents have in their efforts to influence their adult children for good. These ideas should help parents strike that careful balance between meddling and influencing in the lives of their adult kids.
More help on dealing with adult children:
- When adult children return home
- Communicating with adult children
- Handling conflict with adult children