Struggle is a necessary natural component of growth and positive change, especially during the transition out of childhood/adolescence and into adulthood. This life transition is one of the most extensive series of changes that one encounters in their life. There are two important roles a parent needs to take when it comes to this struggle.  The first is to allow the struggle and pain that can result in necessary changes and growth.  Unwise rescue can result in robbing a young person from learning resourcefulness or natural consequences of actions. Second, and just as important, is to welcome the parent's struggle through their own transition into second adulthood. A parent models the importance and ways to make positive life changes by having the courage to make their own midlife transition.



Here are some of the possible reasons why young people struggle: