Millions of American parents sit down to dinner every night, wondering why fully grown children are joining them - or, more likely, grunting good-bye as they head out for another night of who knows what. Sally Koslow, a journalist, novelist, and mother of two "adultescents" digs deep to reveal what lies behind the current generation's unwillingness - or inability - to take flight.
By delving into the latest research and conducting probing interviews with both frustrated parents and their frustrated offspring, Koslow uses humor, insight, and honest self-reflection to give voice to the issues of prolonged dependency. From the adultescent's relationship to work (or no work), money (that convenient parental ATM), or social life, Slouching Toward Adulthood is a provocative and razor-sharp, yet heartfelt cri de coeur for all the parents who sent their kids to college only to have them ricochet home with a diploma in one hand and the DVR remote in the other.
©2012 Sally Koslow (P)2012 Tantor
"Her book seems less a discussion of why this is happening and what to do about it than a portrait of the adjustments people are making today." (Library Journal)
I was hoping for advice about how to keep my college student from landing right back at home after graduating, but I think it's too early for anyone to realistically have solid answers to that question!! Ms. Koslow's interviews with both the kids and the parents do shed a lot of light. Combine this with the information she provides regarding the latest research on the "adult-escents," and I came away with some solid ideas for what I should do/not do to assure that my baby bird learns to fly from the nest :).
The narration was quite good, with the narrator giving proper and appropriate emphasis where necessary.
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