#040: How to Invest in Your Adult Child’s Friendships (Podcast)

invest in your adult child's friends

One of the seasons of life that calls us to invest well in our relationship with our child is when they make the leap from childhood to adulthood. But as they leave home and pursue their dreams, this easily becomes a time when they find themselves wrapped up in the world of friends. So if we want to be close with our kids, we must be strategic and learn to invest in their friends. On today’s show, my wife, Susan and I are going to discuss why and how you should invest in your adult child’s friends.

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Here are 3 great ways to invest in your child’s friends:

  1. Be available
  2. Be open to what they want to do
  3. Let go of control

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4 Things I’ve Learned about Parenting Adult Children

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  • Eileen

    This describes what is missing in my husband’s and my families of origin so precisely it hurts. Our children (now teens) barely have any relationship with their grandparents, because they don’t want to do anything but ‘sit and visit.’ Or go to the casino. Or go on retiree-only adventures. Our lives don’t revolve around our children, but we sure enjoy seeing them enjoy themselves and their world. Life is too short to focus on self indulgence.

  • Very well said Eileen. Building and maintaining a meaningful relationship often requires self-sacrifice.