Adult children living at home: Can it work?

“No matter why your adult child is living in your home, the good news is that you can make it work.”

That’s the optimistic voice of Christina Newberry in her book “The Hands-on Guide to Surviving Your Adult Child Living at Home”.

Her easily understood 115 page guide is chock-a-block full of good advice on strategies on how to live with your boomerang kid. Although she herself is a young adult, she takes the perspective of the parent.

She based her guide on her own experience of moving back home when she was 21 and then again for a few months at 29.   Read More

When your child goes to war: A soldier’s tips on providing parental support

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“While I deployed, my parents let me talk, share what I wanted to share, just told me over and over again that they loved me and were proud of me, and didn’t ask too many questions.  They took care of each other as best they could, and never burdened me by asking me to explain or convince them of anything.” –a soldier’s comments on his parents’ support.

                                                                                                          

Every year on Remembrance Day, a mother of a fallen soldier is rightly honoured for her sacrifice for the country.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have a son or daughter head off to war knowing they might be injured or die in battle.

Once again our young men and women are going to war. Canada has recently deployed a fleet of nine Royal Canadian Air Force planes and 600 military personnel to Kuwait to join the US-led war on the Islamic State (ISIL). Dozens of Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Special Forces have also been deployed to northern Iraq.

Many parents are left searching for ways to support their child.

One young soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, provided me with some insightful comments on the type of parental support he needed. He deployed to Afghanistan twice, at 23 and then again at 25.  He emphasized that his opinions are his own and in no way represent those of Canadian government.

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Stats Can provides interesting facts about families

Did you know that:

  • The 2011 Canadian census shows that the number of young adults aged 20 to 29 living at home has increased from 27 percent in 1981 to 42 percent in 2011.
  • The 2006 census  shows that nearly four per cent of all marriages in Canada involve a visible minority and a non-visible minority (or a different visible minority) partner. While the actual numbers are low, they represent a 55 per cent increase since 1981 and overall intermarriage rate is one of the highest in the world.
  • The 2011 Canadian census data showed that married couples make up 67 per cent of all families. It was 83 per cent in 1981.
  • The number of same-sex married couples nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, reflecting the first five-year period for which same-sex marriage has been legal across the country.

For more interesting facts about Canadian families, see the Stats Can web site. You may also wish to read Canadian Families Today: New Perspectives, edited by David Cheal and Patrizia Albanese, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.

If you have any comments on these or other statistics concerning Canadian families, I would love to hear from you.  Please send a message in the Reply Box below.