The Myth of Maturity: What Teenagers Need from Parents to Become Adults

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
In this wise and compassionate book, Terri Apter debunks outdated and misguided ideas about maturity: Acting in the name of love, many parents withdraw emotional or practical support, thinking it best for a son or daughter to solve his or her own problems—even to suffer alone the consequences of mistakes. Apter shows us that young adults actually need a parent's guidance and support, while also requiring respect and independence. Based on carefully observed case studies and current research, this book describes how we can support young people through a crucial stage in their development.
 

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This is probably the most important parenting book I have ever read. Why? Because I (with a little help from the rest of society) thought my active parenting days were almost over. I have one child in ... Read full review

The myth of maturity: what teenagers need from parents to become adults

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These two books offer excellent perspectives on children, parents, and culture. Psychologist Apter (The Confident Child) argues that we've been hanging on to an idea that's all wrong that when ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
First Solo Flight
37
Forming Identities
69
Making Choices
93
FOUR
100
Emotional Educations
118
The Pressure of Great Expectations
152
Foothold in the Adult World
176
SEVEN
189
EIGHT
208
Managing Money
224
Crossing the Threshold
254
ENDNOTES
283
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Terri Apter is a social psychologist and researcher at Cambridge University in England.

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