New Workshop for Parents of Adult Children in Ann Arbor Michigan

HURON COUNSELING SERVICES, Renew Hopeand VAN MEERTEN CONSULTING present a one-day workshop about Parenting Adult Children. 

January 25th, from 8am-10am at 916 Fuller Street in Ann Arbor. Register here or by calling 828-458-0313. $65

When your children become adults, your whole family must make changes to allow for their new role. The specific changes are different in every family, and they are not always smooth or short-lived. As parents, we can gain clarity on this period of change by reflecting first on our own expectations.

Who is considered an ‘adult’ in your family? Is there a vague “other” status between child and adult? What privileges are allotted to adults or young adults in your family? What responsibilities do adults or young adults have in your family? Do you and your spouse agree about these privileges and responsibilities? If not, how do you handle disagreements? How do you communicate your expectations to your spouse and children?

The most common challenges in families with adult children are:

  1. The timing and content of next steps for career or school for children
  2. Money
  3. Romantic partners of children and parenting style of grandchildren
  4. Adult child behavior and habits in your home
  5. The tone of emotional exchanges between parents and children and among siblings
  6. Managing the emotions of redefining a relationship
  7. Disagreements between parents about how to handle these issues

In this custom workshop, we will pinpoint specific areas of growth for each participant, and role play new ways to behave in routinely painful or frustrating interactions. Group members will draft and practice key phrases and body language for the situations that bother them the most.

Julie Boyd specializes in family and couple’s counseling, and has two young adult children herself. She leads multiple seminars about parenting emerging adults. Sylvia van Meerten’s background is in autism and mental health. This has given her unique insight on the unspoken-but-very-important expectations in all families, and the wide variety of methods used to communicate with adult children. You will leave our workshop refreshed with new ideas, practical skills, and resources for the future.

January 25th


916 Fuller Street Ann Arbor Mi


Register online

Register via phone: 828-458-0313


Julie Boyd, MA, LPC



Sylvia van Meerten, MA LLPC