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Whose Couch Is It Anyway?
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Stepping Stones
May, 2015
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Whose Couch Is It Anyway?


Here's a sneak peek of the Introduction to our new book - its official publication date by Fuze Publishing
is June 1 but we want our readers to have a preview:



There's no way to hide how tired she looks, despite bright red lipstick and a charming smile. "I'm so confused," Pam blurts, settling into the office chair. "At times I'm glad my son Greg is home because I really missed him when he was in college. But mostly the stress of it is more than I can take. It feels like an unwelcome step backward. And the timing is plain lousy, just when my boyfriend started a conversation about living together. I feel guilty that I want my life back, but I do. I know Greg is struggling to pay off his student loans but I've got enough of my own bills to handle."


Pam, my last client of the day, is here for an evaluation. She is in her late 40's and overwhelmed, as are many mothers who have been asked to welcome a boomerang Millennial back home.


She wakes up every night worrying and has lost her focus at work. Pam keeps wondering where Greg belongs in her life. He's not a kid anymore. Should she include him in her plans, insist he do his own laundry, or give him an allowance? And she can't deny her disappointment that he didn't make it on his own. Even her father has criticized her for letting Greg live at home, and she certainly doesn't need that.


Pam's upheaval is taking place in one corner of a very big and complicated picture. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 20 million Millennials aged 18-34 are living with their parents. That's over 1/3 of this generation, making it an all-time high. Many of them are a by-product of economic forces: the recession, the skyrocketing costs of both college education and student loans, a dearth of jobs, much less full-time work.   


The number of young adults who have returned to the nest has risen dramatically, increasing by 50% in the past 30 years. They're often underemployed or even unemployed like 25 million of this generation. In fact, 40% of all unemployed American workers are Millennials. And that means parents are digging into retirement funds, after having maxed out on college expenses, even though their kids as a group are still carrying $1 trillion in student loans.


Should Pam decide to continue with coaching, deeper issues would surface about how Greg's circumstances have begun to impact her freedom and her identity. Pam's emotional turmoil makes sense, given the disruption created by her son's boomeranging home.  


The five stories portrayed in Whose Couch is it Anyway: Moving Your Millennial play variations on Pam's themes, each with a different family. If you're reading this book, chances are you thought your parenting days were over and the house was yours again. Perhaps you've packed up the trophies and transformed your kid's bedroom into a study. Or already mourned the loss of family movies and popcorn on Sunday nights. But now that you've gone through the angst and exhilaration of an empty nest, guess who's knocking at the door?

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 You May Be Interested...
Book Launch         


As the beleaguered Mom is the focus of our new book, fittingly, we 'launched' Whose Couch Is It Anyway: Moving Your Millennial at the Marina del Rey library on Mother's Day weekend.



We read snippets from several chapters and then opened it up to the room capacity crowd. The probing questions and animated discussion indicated great curiosity about the boomerang phenomenon.
We'll be scheduling lots of other events through 2015. Let us know if you'd like a reading in your area. Here's the link to our book trailer on YouTube, it'll give you more information about Whose Couch Is It Anyway? 


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