Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Boomerang Kids

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review - Boomerang Kids

About the Book

Around the age of 18, most young people expect, and are expected to, move out and live on their own. But recent surveys conducted by financial expertsTD Ameritrade and Mint reveal that 18 million adults are living with their parents, from recent grads to thirty somethings.

In this breakthrough book, Dr. Pickhardt exposes the hidden period of development that’s causing increasing numbers of adult kids to fail on their own and what parents can do to fix it. His new approach to understanding young adulthood proposes that, as a society, we expect 18- to 24-year-olds to have reached adulthood, when in reality, they’ve reached the final stage of adolescence: “trial independence.” Boomerang Kids encourages parents to change their roles from managers (proving supervision and regulation) to mentors (providing advice—when asked).

About the Author
Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private counseling and a graduate of Harvard and the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Pickhardt is the author of Why Good Kids Act Cruel and many other parenting books. He writes a weekly parenting blog for Psychology Today, “Surviving (Your Child’s) Adolescence.” He lives in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit:

My Take on the BookIt is amazing to me the number of kids that over the past few years that I have heard of that have moved back in with their parents after college. Working at a college myself, this concerns me, and it concerns me even more when I run into parents that continue to enable their child, not allowing them to grow up. What I loved about this book is that this book provides parents with amazing ideas for how they can help and assist their children to become and remain independent.

The book itself is well broken down into stages and areas which many children go through in the process of becoming independent from their parents. There are so many emotions and issues that many young people today have to deal with and the author walks parents step-by-step through these issues and helps demystify what parents should and should not do to support their children.

As a parent myself, I know that I want my own kids to be able to be independent of my wife and I when they get older, but to also know that we will be there to support them through the trials and tribulations that they will ultimately have to face and this book helps in this process.

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