Catherine Hickem

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Parenting Adult Children

Whether your children have just left home, keep coming back, or have been gone for years, we want to help you thrive in what can often be one of parenting’s most challenging seasons. We address the most common myths, challenges, and fears of this rarely discussed topic and turn them into hope, purpose, and opportunity. Most importantly, you will learn how to leave a legacy of love to the next generation.

The Danger of Minimizing Your Hat

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Have you ever noticed how large a problem can seem when we are facing it?  How quickly we forget how overwhelming it was when we have confronted it and the challenge is behind us. In fact, we can minimize it to a point where it was never an issue at all.

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Finding Hope in the Midst of Change

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One of the interesting things about life is its unpredictability.  Most of us are thrown off by unexpected change because we are creatures of habit.  No doubt surprises can be positive, but most of us struggle when our adult children change our expectations, dreams, and/or hopes.

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I Don’t Like the Way My Children Parent

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Several years ago when I began to talk with parents of adult children, one of the most common challenges for this group was their feelings about the way their children parented.  They would often describe their grandchildren as being out of control and lacking respect, while at the same time feeling their adult children were clueless on how to handle their own kids.

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Where Is the Hope?

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Throughout the course of my travels, I have had the fortune of speaking with many parents of adult children who have lost hope for them or with them. As I listen to their stories, I can hear their hurt, anger, and disappointment.  They are frustrated by their inability to fix their adult child’s problems while recognizing it is probably not theirs to fix.  This uncomfortable, challenging place leaves parents overwhelmed and without hope.

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Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable

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For the hundredth time in the last two months, I have heard stories of how parents of adult children just can’t help but say “I told you so” to their adult children.  Over and over again, I hear young adults talk openly about their mistakes but unfortunately, they always seem to have the tag line “and my parents won’t let me forget them!”

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