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12 tips for gently parenting adult children

Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 12:35 p.m. MST

The principles of gentle parenting (i.e. connection, empathy, intentionality, respect) don’t change as our children grow, just as they don’t change from one child to the next. What does change is our understanding of those principles as we grow in wisdom and experience as parents and human beings. The practical application of gentle parenting principles, though, can look very different from child to child and life stage to life stage. For instance, with an introverted child, gentle parenting might involve a greater degree of physical proximity and emotional support whereas with a very extroverted child it may involve a greater degree of energy direction and respectful guidance.

This constancy of principles and individualized application of gentle parenting is no less true when parenting our adult children than it is when parenting our minor children. As gentle parents, we are our children’s first and best friend in the purest and truest definition of friendship. That sets the stage for the transition from the early parent/friend years to the parent-friendship that will characterize our relationship when our children grow into adulthood.

Here are 12 practical tips for gently parenting your adult children.

Editor's note: This content, "12 tips for gently parenting your adult children" by author L.R. Knost, originally appeared on the Little Hearts Books website. It has been posted here with permission.

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Nice article. Some things are easier said than done.

Orem, UT

It is harder in the real world.

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