Parental Support of Adult Children
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 2 December 2012, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 2 December 2012, I answered a question on parental support of adult children.
When should parents refuse to support their adult children? Some parents continue to support their 30-year-old and even 40-year-old adult children. Usually, these adult children are chronic screw-ups without much interest in improving their lives or even holding down a steady job. Are these parents immoral for helping the child? Are the parents contributing to his or her problems? How can the parents stop in a way that's fair to the dependent child?
My Answer, In Brief: The purpose of parenting is to create an independent adult, and parents need to help make that happen by refusing to be the perpetual caretaker of their child.
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