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How To Stop Being an Emotional ATM

Part two of Arthur Brooks’ advice on helping your adult kids grow up.

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Episode Notes

Last week, our expert Arthur Brooks gave us some surefire advice for resetting the parent-child relationship so your kids don’t treat you like an emotional ATM. On this episode of How To!, he’s going to teach our listener, Karen, how to balance the books, so to speak, by taking some withdrawals of her own. He has some surprising tips for how to restrain yourself from swooping in to save the day when it would be better to let them figure it out. Starting with a hilarious story of the time Arthur’s adult son called him—pantsless—from Las Vegas.

If you liked this episode, check out part one: “How To Parent Less.”

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson with help from Katie Shepherd.

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