Failure to Launch Part 1

Have you ever heard a friend or family member complain about their adult child still living in their basement?  This phenomenon is called “Failure to Launch”.  This week at Imagine Hope we will be discussing what failure to launch is, the impacts and consequences, and how to address it should you find your adult children still living with you.

What is failure to launch?

Failure to launch can best be described as adult children in their 20’s and 30’s who live with mom and dad.  Some of these adult children may have left for college, and then boomeranged back.  Others may have never left to begin with.

This occurrence is called “Failure to Launch” because as parents, your job is to help prepare and launch your child into society.  When an adult child doesn’t take on increased roles and responsibilities (including living independently, getting an education, starting a career, etc.) it can be considered a failure to launch.

Failure to launch may be a symptom of an even bigger problem.  This week, the therapists at Imagine Hope plan to address some specific issues related to adult children living with their parents.  If you find yourself housing your adult children, or if you are an adult child living with your parents, we encourage you to check back this week!

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.