As nest eggs shrink, parents are moving in with their adult children and grandchildren in record numbers. Similarly, with jobs scarce and unemployment high, more and more adult children, be they recent college grads (77% of them in 2009) or on their own for a while, are returning home to their parents.
Under One Roof Again squarely addresses the inevitable and sensitive issues—from money matters to boundaries—that arise when formerly parent-child relationships become adult-adult ones. Drawing on her own research with family members already living together and on academic studies, social psychologist Susan Newman, a leading authority in the family relationship and parenting fields, provides solid advice for avoiding the snags and building stronger family ties when family members rejoin each other for long or short time periods.
Susan Newman, PhD, is a recognized authority in the field of family relationships and parenting. She maintains a blog about parenting for Psychology Today magazine, and is the executive editor of Elder Care Solutions, a newsletter devoted to elder care distributed to national corporations, government offices, and major companies, as part of Work & Family Life. She is the author of 13 nonfiction books, including several classics in the family/parenting field, and toured extensively for them, appearing on national and local television and radio, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King Show, NPR's Talk of the Nation, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FOX, and more. Her work has also been featured in the country's leading syndicated columns, as well as in national magazines. She has two Web sites (www.susannewmanphd.com and www.thebookofno.com) and is regularly featured as a parenting expert on The Learning Channel--Surviving Motherhood, Nickelodeon, and Moms Club Web sites. Her articles and blogs can be found online at grandparents.com, babycenter.com, about.com, iVillage.com, webmd.com, etc.
“In her author's note, Newman (The Book of No, Parenting an Only Child) compares the mystery of functioning families to the splitting of the atom and the prevention of global warming. Living in harmony with one's returning child and/or family or one's parents is about as complicated. To help with the resurgence of this phenomenon, Newman offers practical considerations, from protecting privacy and sticking to food preferences to dealing with money and respecting others' time. Verdict: Newman covers all the bases, and her book is essential reading for those facing this situation. Following her advice can make the difference between enjoying the richness of another generation or simply tolerating it.”
—Library Journal (starred Web review)
“A ‘how-to' guide for every imaginable glitch that can and will arise. [Newman] makes it seem fun, adventurous, and a compassionate journey full of surprises, joys.” —William Poy Lee, author of The Eighth Promise: An American Son Pays Tribute to his Taiwanese Mother
“Susan Newman provides a master class in establishing boundaries, setting realistic expectations, handling the reversion into childhood roles, and guilt.” —Sharon Naylor, author of Home from the Honeymoon
“This innovative book will normalize, infuse dignity, inspire hope.”—Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, author of Liking the Child You Love
“Wonderfully insightful and comprehensive.” —Susan Ginsberg, EdD, editor/publisher of Work & Family Life Newsletter
“[A] down-to-earth, straightforward book . . . [that] deals with the sensitive issues.”
—Allan Zullo, coauthor of A Boomer's Guide to Grandparenting
“Dr. Newman's message is reassuring and reverses the conventional wisdom that coming home is a burden.”—Irene S. Levine, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, author of Best Friends Forever
The must-have guide to peacefully living together with your adult family members