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  1. You can not make their decisions for them, and you are not responsible for the choices they do make.
  2. They WILL make mistakes and disappoint you.
  3. Don’t try to control them; it will cause a lot of bitterness, rebellion and anger.
  4. Let go, and let God.

I’m sure over the years I will be adding many more to this list. My husband is learning the first two and the last one when it comes to the older kids (he has no problem with the control part, but we’ve noticed others having that problem with their adult kids, so I thought I’d throw that in there). It can be so hard letting go.

What lessons have you learned when dealing with your adult children? Or, what do you wish your parents had/would learn?



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4 Comments on "A Few Things Parents Must Learn When Dealing with Adult Children"

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The Pepperrific Life

Thanks for the tips. I will try to remember these when my daughter grows up. It’s scary, I have to admit. But we all must go through that- growing pains…


I completely understand this post.

Diane - It's All Good Until You Burn Dinner

How about, “You can’t tell your adult children to clean their dorm room or apartment so just let them live in their own filth.”

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