Failure to Launch

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 Jan 2020

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Dr. McConville, a clinical family psychologist, explores the reasons why launching 'transitioners' has become so difficult for parents. Reads like a text book, but carries many real antidotes. I don't think I personally learned anything new, but this book sure did validate my parenting. 3.5 Stars
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This book will be helpful to parents, mental health professionals and young adults who are trying to understand why it can feel/be so hard to grow up.  The author, a clinical family psychologist, writes in an easy to read style and includes many case examples to illustrate the complexity of what it is like to be in your 20s in the 21st century.  Doctor McConville talks about some of the reasons why "launching" is harder right now.  He clearly explains some of the issues and offers insights on these challenges.  For example, he worked with a young man who could not make the necessary phone calls to obtain a summer job.  The reader learns the reason why this was the case.  Parents will understand more about why their young adults, seemingly bafflingly, continue to act more like teens.

The book includes sections elaborating on the skills that young adults need to master and the ways in which parents can help.   It is an excellent resource and I recommend it highly.

Of note:  I wish that this title had been around when I was transitioning to college.  It helped me to better understand why I was struggling a bit.
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Made a mistake getting this book .I am not interested in the subject matter of this book. Not at all what I expected.
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