• Failure to Launch

  • Why Your Twentysomething Hasn't Grown Up...and What to Do About It
  • By: Mark McConville
  • Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From an expert in adolescent psychology comes a groundbreaking, timely, and necessary guide for parents of the 2.2 million young adults in America who are struggling to find their way in the world. 

In Dr. Mark McConville's decades of experience as a family clinical psychologist, perhaps no problem has been more fraught than that of young adults who fail to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. These kids - technically adults - just can't get it together: They can't hold a job, they struggle to develop meaningful relationships, and they often end up back in their parents' spare bedroom or on the couch. In fact, studies show that one in four Americans aged 25 to 34 neither work nor attend school, and it's a problem that spans all socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. 

McConville investigates the root causes of this problem: Why are modern kids "failing to launch" in ever-increasing numbers? The key, McConville has found, is that they are struggling with three critical skills that are necessary to make the transition from childhood to adulthood - finding a sense of purpose, developing administrative responsibility, and cultivating interdependence. In Failure to Launch, McConville breaks these down into achievable, accessible goals and offers a practical guide for the whole family, to help parents instill those skills in their young adults - and to get their kids into the real world, ready to start their lives.

©2020 Mark McConville (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"McConville's style is welcoming, and his advice is reassuring. Parents facing these challenges (and there are plenty) will snap this up." (Booklist)

"Mark McConville offers a guilt-free look at why your kid is failing to launch, and explains how to tweak your parent-child interactions so that your kid becomes motivated to slide into the driver's seat of their own life. Empathetic, wise, and frank. Truly a must-read for parents of struggling twentysomethings." (Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult)

"Growing up isn’t what it used to be, says psychologist Mark McConville - and because of that, parents need a new parenting tool-kit to help their kids transition into adulthood with strength, resilience, and grace. The good news: even young people who seem “stuck” can be taught the skills they need to thrive in this important stage of life. Failure to Launch is essential reading for any parent whose child is struggling to find his or her way in the world." (Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone)

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Thank you.

I was looking for a way to make sense of things going on with my 21 year old son. This book was a Godsend. It clarified for me a lot of what he is going through and gave practical shifts for my husband and I to take that can make a difference. I recommend this book to anyone challenged to understand the difficult transition from adolescent to adulthood.

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Thought provoking & informative

As a parent struggling to raise two sons who have had issues because of Type 1 Diabetes & Alcohol & drug addiction, this was an excellent book that focuses on the young adult years. Both points of view, ( the parent & the young adult) are explored clearly which is objective & helpful.

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I'm so grateful to have found this book!!

I'm so grateful to have found this book!! I am already implementing the recommendations and am seeing progress.

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Amazing! Definitely a must read for people 18 to 40 who want to but are not feeling like an adult and/or feel behind everyone else their age.

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Good advice here

The doctor provided good advice. Be brave enough to follow it. That's the hard part.

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A great place to start

I was feeling some type of way about my son and him leaving the nest. I needed to hear what other parents may have dealt with. I’m glad that I didn’t move hastily. Good advice is given in this book. Thank you Mark.

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Great book for introducing problem.

I will continue with this study. My problem took years to develop and it will probably take years to resolve. I will be searching for more answers. This book sure changed my thinking about my "failure to launch" adult.

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Just what we needed!

This book has so many “nuggets” of helpful information and strategies. It’s straight forward and easy to understand. We’ve already recommended it to half a dozen friends who also have stuck twentysomethings. I’ve ordered the hardcover so my husband and I can review sections together and stay on the same page. Definitely money we’ll spent!!

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amazing

I have 2 sons that are struggling in their journey to adulthood and this book has given me hope. I know that each individual is different but it very clearly explains many of the things I knew I had to put in place in order to help. Excellent, highly recommend.

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Excellent and Easy to Apply Solutions

Wow! This was a great book and very relatable. Useful information, well organized and presented. Very helpful. Overall, one of the best books I've listened to on Audible in this category.