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You Never Stop Being a Parent: Thriving in Relationship with Your Adult Children (Newheiser & Fitzpatrick)

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Parents often assume that their job as a parent is complete when their children reach adulthood. If you have a child who has returned home to live, you've discovered that's not true. Even if your adult child has successfully launched into adulthood, you continue to be a parent to them. In You Never Stop Being a Parent, Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick ground you in guidance from God's Word and remind you that your relationship with your adult child can only be as deep and meaningful as your relationship with God.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Is That Time Already?
  2. Before You Walk Out That Door...
  3. You Say Good-Bye, but He Says Hello
  4. Saying Hello to Pleasing God
  5. You're Welcome to Stay, But...
  6. Thanks, I'd Like to Stay, If...
  7. Should Your Home Become a Halfway House?
  8. Wisely Navigating the Money Maze
  9. Marriage: Our Dreams, Their Dreams
  10. Your New Math: Adding by Subtracting

Conclusion: It Still Hurts Because You Never Stop Being a Parent

Appendix A: Resolving Conflict with In-Laws

Appendix B: Role Reversal: Children Caring for Parents

Appendix C: The Best News Ever

Appendix D: Sample Contracts with Your Young Adults



Elyse Fitzpatrick counsels with the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. She is a frequent retreat and conference speaker. She co-authored Women Helping Women, a 1998 Gold Medallion finalist and has also written many other books.

Jim Newheiser is a pastor, a counselor, and director at The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) in San Diego, California.



"The answers it gives are not only doable, but richly gospel centered and filled with hope. This is a book I will buy in bulk and recommend to many." - Tedd Tripp

"The book is packed. No sooner did I think, 'But what about...' before the next illustration set me off on a wise course." - ED Welch, Director of Counseling, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

"A very practical book based on biblical principles to help parents of adult children. The style is engaging and the advice very wise. I wish I had had this book years ago!" - Martha Peace, Biblical Counselor, Author of The Excellent Wife

"This is a wonderful book written for parents who are hurting and want solid biblical answers that speak to the heart...If you are a struggling parent, [it] will bring you refreshing hope in handling your role from a biblical perspective." - John D. Street, Chair, MABC Graduate Program, The Master's College and Seminary

"An excellent treasure...There is no other Christian book quite like it...These two parents counselors have provided us with a great deal of valuable assistance." - Lance Quinn, Pastor-Teacher, The Bible Church of Little Rock

"Later years can be some of the most challenging for parents, but in this book you will find lots of direction, compassion, and hope...This is one book that every parent need to have and read!" - Stuart W. Scott, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary