This practical book addresses the issues that face parents of 16 to 20 somethings - and shows how young people and parents alike can find their feet in a changing world.
One minute you are taking your child to school, the next they're turning into a young adult. It may seem like only months since you were first filling your child's lunch box, but the school career moves with such momentum that it isn't long before they are facing the challenges of further education, job hunting and living independently. This new book will help you to encourage self-reliance in your nearly grown children and prepare them for independence in the real world.
It also shows how you can prepare for a time when your child's excitement at the prospect of leaving school, going to university or just living on their own leaves you feeling passed over and obsessed by detail they see as unimportant. How do you start to think about what to do with the rest of your life - picking up on ambitions, both personal and professional, and prioritising your own friends and interests?
And how do you handle the situation when, as is increasingly common, children later decide to return home to live? This book addresses current issues such as boomerang kids, sofa syndrome and how to motivate, money management for a generation disinclined to save, the hotel of Mum and Dad, and much more.
Later! is an empathetic guide to making sense of life at a time when all the ground rules need to be reconsidered, if not renegotiated. Packed with strategies, exercises and question-and-answer sections, Later! is user-friendly and entirely practical. It considers the hopes and plans of parents and children alike and, in the process, demonstrates how to 'move on' while sustaining a supportive, happy relationship.
If it's our families that shape our characters and if it's an upbringing which plots the course of a life, then its those firm roots which keep us coming back - Alasdair Baverstock, AITO Young Travel Writer of the Year (and son of author)
Later! is essential reading for any of us who confront the reality of moving on; in entertaining style, it helps us to look at the realities of the changing nature of our family lives. With simple and amusing exercises it both stretches our thinking and allows us to make some sense of the emotional turmoil that change can bring. For professionals and for parents alike this is a book well worth reading - Nick Whitfield, Chief Executive, Director of Children s Services, Achieving for Children
Parenting young adults today is an increasingly tricky business. With so many uncontrollable outside influences coming into play, doubts and dilemmas abound. This book will help you navigate a way through them. Later! suggests strategies for coping, while keeping in touch with our own identities. Refreshingly, it also points out that we all do the wrong thing sometimes - and that's OK. It's consistency and loving care that matters and, above all, not giving up - Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster
Read this book, absorb its warm wisdom and apply its practical advice and you will without doubt become a better parent and your children bett