Understanding and Coping with Failure to Launch

1258277-failure_to_launch__2006__matthew_mcconaughey__sarah_jessica_parkerThe term “failure to launch” is directed toward what many psychologists refer to as a new age classification – emerging adults – a gap between adolescence and adulthood. Parents and families continue to experience hardships associated with this common issue. Experts are acknowledging that many people in their 20s go through a time of development that is separate from other stages of adulthood, a period of time in which some adult children are reluctant to “leave the nest” for various reasons.

Young adults living with their parents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of young adults living in their parents’ home increased between 2005 and 2011. Fifty-nine percent of men ages 18 to 24 and 50 percent of women that age lived in their parents’ home in 2011, up from 53 percent and 46 percent, respectively, in 2005.

Due to financial difficulties, mental health issues and other concerns, “boomerang” children are experiencing “failure to launch” and difficulty transitioning out of high school and college into meaningful employment.

How do you know if a loved one is struggling with “failure to launch?”

  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Poor hygiene
  • Poor social skills
  • Family conflict
  • Insufficient communication skills
  • Poor physical fitness and diet
  • Low motivation
  • High anxiety, depression or mood swings
  • Issues committing
  • Substance abuse
  • Internet or gaming addiction
  • School phobia

If your son, daughter or friend appears to have little to no initiative, defiant behavior, learning disabilities or ADHD/Asperger’s related behavioral issues, your loved one may struggle with  “failure to launch” and may benefit from coaching services.

How will coaching help those experiencing “failure to launch?”

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 may need direction exploring their God-given purposes, coping with paralyzing fears and confidence issues as well as resolving root issues through a clinically-sound program.

Professional coaching that adopts a Christian perspective engages both the mind and the heart, treating the individual in regards to how he or she thinks, feels, relates and acts through a biblical approach. Whatever the reason your loved one is experiencing “failure to launch,” coaching services can equip him or her to receive appropriate guidance from qualified individuals.

According to the International Coach Federation, “coaching” is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Individuals ages 18 through 30 who struggle with entering into the next phase of life are in need of clarity, confidence, calling and creativity.

Christian-based coaching helps young adults:

  • Tap into their potential
  • Establish a healthy life balance
  • Discover God’s call for their life
  • Restore a sense of self-worth and confidence
  • Redefine empowering goals and motivations
  • Address fears as well as mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs
  • Learn their strengths for success

Empowering young adults

In a highly competitive world that is obsessed with constant improvement, comparison and targeting what’s “wrong” with someone rather than what’s “right,” it is not difficult to see how young men and women could feel lost, broken, confused or worthless. When a certified, compassionate coach walks alongside these individuals, they are presented with a strength-based perspective and a focus on what’s “right” – empowering them toward small or big steps closer to their inner purpose and potential.

One-on-one coaching opens the doors to sustainable, extraordinary growth in an individual’s personal and professional life. It is often through the supportive relationship that a young adult comes to understand his or her worth, propelling your friend or relative forward. If you know a young adult who is in need of shepherding from doubt and confusion to joy and confidence, he or she may benefit from “failure to launch” coaching.

Safe Harbor Christian Counseling is committed to offering professional coaching services through a Christian world view, leading young adults toward physical, mental, emotional and spiritual restoration. The professional coach at Safe Harbor, Jory Fisher, is dedicated to unlocking their potential, helping them determine how to best identify and utilize their gifts and skills. For more information on Safe Harbor’s counseling, coaching and therapy services, visit http://www.safeharbor1.com.The compassionate team invites you to explore the life, career and business coaching services available at Safe Harbor, as well as the faith-based dialogue found on the Facebook page and Twitter.


About Safe Harbor Christian Counseling

Safe Harbor Christian Counseling serves local communities by providing Christian-based, clinically sound counseling so that people experience the recovery of their hearts. Our unique approach to marriage counseling, family counseling and individual counseling includes offering an inviting atmosphere whereby a healing relationship is experienced in the counseling room. Safe Harbor consists of 7 partners with over 70 counselors trained in the mental health field.
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