What Is Failure to Launch?

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 guest blogger Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

*Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Journey to Joy Counseling in Carmel, Indiana. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, and relationship counseling. She also provides family counseling, teen counseling, and adolescent counseling.  You can read more about Christy at www.journeytojoycounseling.com