195.  Birthday Reflections: Parenting Adult Children and Lessons in Letting Go

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Birthday Reflections: Parenting Adult Children and Lessons in Letting Go

In this special episode of Pediatric Meltdown where Dr. Lia shares personal insights and heartfelt reflections on the journey of parenting adult children and stepping into the joyous role of a grandparent. As Lia celebrates her birthday, she takes a moment to delve into the complexities and rewards of these intergenerational family relationships.

Grandparenting tips are sprinkled throughout the episode, offering valuable advice to listeners who are navigating similar life stages. She emphasizes the importance of balancing advice and support for adult children, noting how her preferred approach is to offer help only when asked. Lia draws from one of her favorite books, “Walking on Eggshells, Parenting Your Adult Child,” which underscores the wisdom of refraining from unsolicited advice and simply being present when needed. 

This approach, she finds, is essential to maintaining healthy and respectful relationships with adult children. She candidly admits to having been a helicopter parent at times, but stresses that letting children face challenges and failures is crucial for their growth and independence. Lia’s reflections eloquently capture the essence of parenting adult children by acknowledging that each generation might do things differently but with the same core love and intent. In essence, her stories remind listeners that letting go is part of the process, and it is often the hardest, yet most rewarding part of parenting adult children.

Her reflections serve as a gentle reminder of the importance of savoring these precious intergenerational family relationships and the joy they bring, a fitting contemplation as she marks another year of her life’s journey.

Bullet points of key topics 

  • Reflections on Parenting and Grandparenting and the Impact on Mental Health
  • Parenting Adult Children and advice from her favorite  book.
  • Respecting children’s different parenting methods.

 

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Dr. Lia Gaggino has worked as a pediatrician for over 30 years on the west side of Michigan. During her career as a primary care physician, she has been privileged to care for children and adolescents, and know that their success is closely tied to mental wellness.

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Dr. Lia Gaggino has worked as a pediatrician for over 30 years on the west side of Michigan. During her career as a primary care physician, she has been privileged to care for children and adolescents, and know that their success is closely tied to mental wellness.

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  • healthcare disparities and inequalities
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Medications
  • Mental Health
  • OCD
  • Other
  • Pain
  • Parent/child
  • Physician Well-Being
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep
  • Social Media
  • Substance Abuse
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