Relating to Young Adults Conclusion
The relationship between a parent and adult child can be one of the most enjoyable of life, or one of the most difficult. By understanding the change in his or her role during this transitional stage of life, the parent can greatly maximize the bond between the generations. Recognizing that parental “control” has morphed into parental “influence” is vital at this stage, and parents frequently may need to remind themselves of this truth.
There are no perfect parents and no perfect children. Freely giving forgiveness, grace, and unconditional love (with a big dose of humor!), will go a long way in creating harmonious family relationships. The scripture is clear, children are a gift from God, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward,” (Psalm 127:1, ESV). There is no age limit on this observation of the Psalmist, and so with prayer and wise actions, both parents and adult children can enjoy a rich relationship for many years.
Putting the Principles Into Practice
- Read the story of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15. Look at this story from the perspective of adult child and father. What elements do you see that relate to the content of this chapter?
- What points would you add to the Red Flags? Green Flags?
- How can a parent best influence their adult child toward a Christian commitment?