It's easy to establish parental authority with small children who rely on their parents for basic care.
The role of a parent becomes less defined when the child in question is actually a young adult.
Parenting a 20-year-old woman who is just beginning to find her place in the world can be daunting, but if you treat your daughter with respect, set boundaries and show plenty of love and compassion, you and your daughter should enjoy a healthy relationship.
Parenting a 20-year-old daughter is especially complicated if you live under the same roof.
-REV0712 Original Publication Date: Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.But parents can get confused by their changes in attitude and the independence they seek, assuming their teenager is becoming rebellious. sudden profound changes in personality, angry outbursts of profanity, extreme disrespect for people and things, addictions, sudden failing grades, not sleeping or sleeping too much, extreme weight loss, eating disorders, self-harm, running away, or self-imposed isolation. Normal stuff has to do with being distracted, ditsy, trying to fit in, or flapping their wings of independence. Abnormal behavior and true rebellion is represented by a growing darkness, hatred, and anger in their soul, which tends to only get worse over time.It’s normal for teenagers to fail to do their chores without 10 reminders, to put off their homework, to be emotional, to lose important things, to like music that is too loud, and to sometimes counter or question authority. A young man we worked with described his own experience from normal to abnormal behavior this way.Her career has focused on music and film criticism but she has also written about lifestyle topics such as parenting and home design.She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary.