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Topic - Susan Morris Shaffer
It's been confirmed: They are down with living in the basement.
It's 3 a.m. Downstairs, kitchen cabinets are banging, someone is giggling, and there's the unmistakable ding of a microwave at work. Time was, Ellie Kirschenbaum would have stormed down the steps and given her children a piece of her mind. She doesn't do that these days, however, because she's not dealing with teenagers anymore; her son, Jared, and daughter, Amie, are 29 and 25, respectively.
The way an adult child can "get to where they want to go is having the self-confidence and resiliency to know they can do it on their own, and asking for help only when they absolutely need it," Ms. Shaffer said.
Their book identifies "characteristics of adulthood" for young people to cultivate and for parents to look for "to make sure they are not enabling children to be supported well into their 40s," Ms. Shaffer said.