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Resources Offer Perspective on Parenting as Young Adults Leave the Nest

Being a parent does not end as children grow up and begin to lead independent lives. It does, however, change significantly. How parents support teens and young adults as they make this transition helps set the tone for future family relationships.

To offer insights into these years, authors Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington founded a website called grownandflown.com for parents of 15- to 25-year-olds. The site offers a variety of topics and perspectives, with articles from parents, educators, psychologists, doctors, and college counselors. Its popularity has led to a recently released book, Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults.

Another resource is The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up, co-authored by Barbara Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore. Hofer is a professor at Middlebury College who conducts research and teaches about the transition to adulthood, and Sullivan is a regular contributor to the New York Times, writing about topics relating to high school and college.