An Ode to Adult Children
Our adult children can certainly provoke a range of reactions, from laughing to screaming, but inspiring poetry? Indeed yes! In an ongoing series, The New York Times pairs poetry with a related news article, in this case, a piece about boomerang kids.
Inspired by a kitchen magnet that read “Parenting: The First 40 Years Are the Hardest,” a Times editor asked Marilyn L. Taylor, the poet laureate of Wisconsin, to write some verse on the topic. An excerpt from “Home Again, Home Again”:
The children are back, the children are back—
They’ve come to take refuge, exhale and unpack;
The marriage has faltered, the job has gone bad,
Come open the door for them, Mother and Dad….
And so they return with their piles of possessions,
Their terrified cats and their mournful expressions,
Reclaiming the bedrooms they had in their teens,
Clean towels, warm comforter, glass figurines.
Boomerang kids: Advice for parents
In “Boomerang Kids: Advice for Parents,” the Chicago Tribune cited several tips for when the kids return home. Two worth noting:
Identify the situation. Define why your child has to live at home: Is it to start a career and save money, prepare for graduate school, find a new job to replace the one she just lost? With that information, you can establish a deadline, which can be adjusted, if desired.
Make a pact and stick to it. Parents and adult children need to stick to their end of the agreements. This establishes respect on both sides and lessens conflict.
Mom: Please Think Before You Text!
If you want a good laugh, check out a hilarious website called “Parents Shouldn’t Text.” It’s a real-life compilation of texts by moms and dads who shouldn’t be allowed near a keypad without young adult supervision. One in the “parent paranoia” category: