What are some techniques for fixing failure to launch?
There are quite a few techniques for fixing failure to launch, starting with low confidence levels and self-esteem in the person. Failure to launch is when young adults get “stuck” in between childhood and productive and responsible young adulthood. And again, there are many reasons for this crippling syndrome but we can start helping someone suffering from failure to launch by first helping increase their confidence. We can improve a young adults confidence level by giving them tasks that they can complete and then letting them know that they did a good job. Maybe at first, it is a task or two that may be considered easily completed, however, we would still positively encourage the young adult and help them stack a few good days on top of each other while building their confidence. Remember, confidence is built by doing something successfully over and over.
Next, we can “steer” the young adult suffering from failure to launch syndrome in the right direction but all the while giving them the space to make their own decisions and giving them the responsibility to be productive in life. That brings us to accountability. By building a young adult’s confidence level by giving them responsibility on a daily basis will also make them accountable. Once a young adult suffering from failure to launch syndrome becomes responsible and confident he or she will soon become accountable to themselves and others to always do the right thing.
Last, but not least, we must not enable our children or young adults suffering from failure to launch. One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to not enable our children. We want to always be there to help them when they “fall’. But when doing this obsessively we actually cripple our kids and send them further into the cycle of failure to launch. We need to learn to say no and offer structure and not create more issues within the child’s inability to flourish.
Dr. Cali Estes and her team can help. 1-800-706-0318 specialize in treating young adults suffering from failure to launch syndrome by helping build trust, confidence, accountability and by helping the client get clean and sober and stay clean and sober. Call us today at the number listed above to enroll in our Failure to Launch program.