Adult Children

Parenting is a lifelong job, even when grown children are living their own lives. Supporting adult children can take many forms, from financial support to childcare help to the emotional safety of a loving family. What do your adult children need from you?

Janet Paige Smith with her son, Laughlin; photo courtesy Janet Paige Smith.

A Life Lesson Learned from Her Son

She was focused on her son’s college graduation ceremony; he was focused on beginning life as an adult and protecting those he loved.

Artist James O'Briens' rendering of a mother and daughter in a tomato patch

The Dreams That Drew Her Closer to Her Adult Daughter

Was there any way she could close the gap that separated them?

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A family prays at the Thanksgiving table

A Thanksgiving Prayer, Answered

In this excerpt from Daily Guideposts, our annual collection of uplifting devotions, Patty Kirk shares an inspiring Thanksgiving memory.

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Nyon and his daughter with his father Bryant; photograph by Maddie McGarvey

A Father's Unexpected Advice on Parenting

He was certain that his approach to parenting differed greatly from his father's, but they were more alike than he knew.

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Christy Johnson (left) with daughter Brittany

She Learned to Focus on Loving—Not Judging—Her Daughter

Could this conservative Christian mother come to terms with the fact that her daughter was a lesbian?

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Power outage in New York

God’s Grace in a New York City Blackout

A mom sends up a prayer of thanks when her son gets home safely.

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Life-Changing Advice from the Father He Hardly Knew

Life-Changing Advice from the Father He Hardly Knew

Nyon Smith shares how, on becoming a parent himself, he became closer to his own father, who tended to be career-focused when Nyon was growing up, and learned lessons on parenting from his dad.

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Susan Salomone and husband, Steve

Addiction Claimed Her Son's Life, But Not His Story

Susan Salomone uses what happened to her son to help end the stigma associated with addiction

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Palm trees in a storm

A Worried Mom Waits Out the Storm

As Hurricane Irma bore down on her son’s family in Florida, a mother finds spiritual refuge.

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Mayra Fernandez; photo by Katie Hogin

She Realized That God Was Working Wonders in Her Son's Heart

A devout Catholic, she worried when her adult son declared himself an atheist.  But then he attended a family quinceañera.

Road trip

Father/Son Road Trip

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. That was my 30-year-old son’s gift to me.

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A young mother reading a bedtime story to her daughter.

In Praise of Those Who Mother

Mother's Day isn't exclusively to mothers, but to those who are proactive in the responsibility of "mothering".

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Karen and Lloyd Leveridge, on the evening of their wedding in 1954

A Mother's Last Gift

Years after his mother's death, one Guideposts staffer discovers a beautiful reminder of her love—and her sense of humor.

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A mother grieves over a daughter's anorexia

Grief for a Daughter in Crisis

A mother’s heartbreak echoes a situation that God knows intimately.

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