Using this thoughtful guide, parents can help older teens confidently navigate the issues and developmental transitions that will inevitably arise as they prepare to leave home. This road map for mentoring and advising young people to make good choices from a positive, strength-based perspective covers such topics as finding a good fit for school and work, dealing with money, living independently, setting goals, caring for personal needs, dealing with emotional challenges, handling new relationships, and developing a future-focused orientation. Each chapter also includes checklists, interviews, and resource sheets for parents and teens to help prepare for and succeed with this important life transition
Patricia Hoolihan is a writing instructor at Metropolitan State University. She is the author of Small Miracles: Daily Meditations for Mothers in Recovery and Teen Girls Only: Daily Thoughts for Teenage Girls. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.