Slouching Toward Adulthood

Slouching Toward Adulthood : How to Let Go So Your Kids Can Grow Up

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The helicopter parent has crashed and burned. . . . Sally Koslow [has] documented a generation so cosseted that they have lost the impetus to grow up or leave home. The over-involved parent has gone from paragon of caring to a figure of fun. Lisa Endlich Heffernan, The Atlantic
Parents once dreamed of dropping their prodigies at first-choice colleges and sighing with relief at a job well done. Nowadays, though, mothers and fathers are stressing about whether Jessica or Josh will boomerang back after graduation and still be there years later. Why are so many wunderkinds now s-l-o-w-l-y slouching toward adulthood? Panicked after reading that twenty-eight is the new nineteen, Sally Koslow journalist and mother searched for answers. Part hard-hitting investigation and part hilarious memoir, Slouching Toward Adulthood is a heartfelt cri de coeur that can help families negotiate life around the unexpectedly crowded dining tables for years to come."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • India
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142196827
  • 9780142196823
  • 1,377,295

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Praise for "Slouching Toward Adulthood" "Excellent. ... At last, a serious, well-researched book about raising children which also includes that crucial characteristic every parent needs--a sense of humor."--"USA"" Today," "Top Summer Nonfiction Pick" "'Our offspring have simply leveraged our braggadocio, good intentions, and overinvestment, ' Koslow writes in her new book, "Slouching Toward Adulthood." They inhabit 'a broad savannah of entitlement that we've watered, landscaped, and hired gardeners to maintain.' She recommends letting the grasslands revert to forest: 'The best way for a lot of us to show our love would be to learn to un-mother and un-father.'" --Elizabeth Kolbert, "The New Yorker" "An eye-opener. . . . Koslow writes wittily about the infantilization of American youth as increasing numbers treat getting a job and moving out as just an option."--"People" "This book is hilarious! I burst out laughing on page one, and it just got funnier and funnier. But "Slouching Toward Adulthood" is also hard-hitting and painfully insightful--I found myself wincing with recognition. Backed by the latest research, Sally Koslow's thought-provoking new book should be required reading for today's parents and young adults."--Amy Chua, author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" "There's a Koslow in all of us who wants to strangle Hannah, the character played by Lena Dunham in the popular HBO show "Girls, " when we learn that her parents had been subsidizing her life in New York City while she worked at an unpaid internship and pursued a writing career. . . . Koslow criticizes clueless parents as much as their narcissistic offspring. She argues that babying adult children tends to yield entitled progeny who can't launch their way into the conventional phases of adulthood. Koslow offers excellent advice, which makes this book worth reading to the end.""--""Fortune" "Smart, with plenty of insights and a l
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About Sally Koslow

SALLY KOSLOW is the author of three novels. A former editor in chief of McCall s and Lifetime, Koslow lives in New York City with her husband. Their kids have finally moved out."
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320 ratings
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2 20% (65)
1 6% (19)
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