This fascinating book explores the impact on five different families after an adult child moves back home.
The number of "boomerang kids" has increased by 50% in the past 30 years. In fact, one-third of those between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents, an all-time high. Many Millennials are unemployed, and as a group, they carry $1 trillion in student loans.
This degree of social change is wreaking havoc with traditional models of family dynamics. Boundaries become blurred between parents and children, whose passage into adulthood is then delayed. Taking the beleaguered mom as their focus, Goldberg, a marriage and family therapist, and Lichtman, a psychologist, bring thirty years of clinical experience to the pressing challenges of families in flux.
Praise for Whose Couch Is It Anyway?
“Just as you're ready to kick up your heels with the newfound freedom of an empty nest, it fills up again, this time with a full-fledged adult—or someone who's supposed to be. Whose Couch Is It Anyway? provides great solutions, clearly and cleverly told. Blissfully free of psychological jargon, it just has answers.”
—A.R. Taylor, Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion
“As the mother of millennial children, torn between wanting them to live at home again and wanting to help them prosper in the new world order, I found the case studies in Whose Couch Is It Anyway? refreshingly authentic. Lichtman and Goldberg offer insight into the universal condition of parenthood and provide practical solutions for how to move forward with purpose."
—Anne Kreamer, Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are The Best Career Moves You Can Make
“This valuable book is full of warmth, insight, and helpful advice on managing the inevitable stressors that arise when adult children move back home. The authors' wisdom and experience comes through on every page.”
—Shelley Taylor, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA, The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live
“Whose Couch Is It Anyway? Moving Your Millennial is a clear, fast read with lots of good practical information. Great for individuals whose adult kids are moving home, but also an excellent source of case studies for teaching professional courses.”
—Ruth Nemzoff, Brandeis University, Women's Studies Research Center, Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children
“Terrific and accessible approach. These dramatic character studies, based on current cases, are easily digested by a TV-savvy audience. They present disturbing but compelling human stories to learn from or to measure against, and through it all, refreshing observations about today's mother/child relationships.”
—Larry Mollin, writer and an executive producer of Beverly Hills, 90210