‘Go to your room’ won’t work

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Michelle Sin­gle­tary’s June 7 Econ­omy & Busi­ness col­umn, “Con­tract keeps ev­ery­one on the same page when your adult child lives at home,” en­cour­aged par­ents to have a con­tract with an adult child who has come home to live, but it missed an im­por­tant point. It listed all the things the adult child is re­spon­si­ble for as an obli­ga­tion for liv­ing back home, but what hap­pens when the adult child vi­o­lates the con­tract a lot, a lit­tle, some­times, all the time? Con­tracts with­out en­force­able penal­ties are pa­per tigers. En­forc­ing con­tracts with chil­dren, adult or not, can be prob­lem­atic. If a dis­pute has to go to court, as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, it may be a good time to re­flect on your orig­i­nal child-rais­ing method­ol­ogy.

Stan Smith, Chevy Chase

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