Parenting Adult Children: Real Stories of Families Turning Challenges into Successes

Parenting Adult Children: Real Stories of Families Turning Challenges into Successes
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Book Summary

Reviewed in the Courier-Journal (Louisville), March 10, 2012:
"Dr. Fred Schloemer has written a gem of a book . . . I picked up the book as a psychologist but couldn't help but read it as a parent, thinking both of my relationship with my aging parents and my four growing children.
   "[Parenting Adult Children] will help you understand how to let your adult children make their own decisions, even when such decisions seem crazy; set limits with "boomerang" children living at home so they cause less pain when they ricochet; move past co-dependence when dealing with children who are substance abusers; love children who have totally cut you out of their lives; parent children who are unable to grow up due to mental and physical disabilities; raise a second family of grandchildren after raising your children; help adult children adjust to stepparents; grieve when a child dies before you; and negotiate the challenges of children growing up gay." —DeDe Wohlfarth, clinical psychologist

By Fred Schloemer, Ed.D. • Paperback • 6 x 9 • 192 pages

Parents of Adult Children Agree . . .

Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs anyone can do, and the role doesn't end when children grow up. In fact, parenting can become even harder then, as adult children struggle to become more independent, while parents struggle to relate to their children in more mutual ways. The pitfalls for both generations can be daunting, yet few books or other resources exist to guide families through these difficult times.

Parenting Adult Children: Real Stories of Families Turning Challenges into Successes offers helpful insights and interventions to families dealing with these issues. In it, psychotherapist Dr. Fred Schloemer shares lessons learned with his clients on how to become better parents to adult children. Here’s what reviewers have to say:

"In this dynamic new work, Dr. Fred Schloemer addresses a much-needed aspect of family relations that has been largely overlooked until now. The parenting case histories are compelling and instructive. I consider it a 'must read' for parents of adult children, as well as practitioners and academics."
—Dr. Mary Bemker, Director, Nursing Department, Capella University

"Every parent of an adult child will find himself or herself in this book. Dr. Schloemer tackles difficult dilemmas with compassionate directness, offering hope and brass-tacks guidance."
—Alison Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and President/CEO, Integrating Your Heart Services

About the Author:

Fred Schloemer, Ed.D. is a psychotherapist, author and educator in Louisville, Kentucky. In a career spanning more than forty years, he has worked with clients of all types, but especially values his work with parents of adult children because they are a group whose special needs have long gone unrecognized and underserved. For more information, visit Dr. Schloemer's website at


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