What About a Day Job?

Posted on | March 15, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
One of my children desperately wants to be an actor and has worked very hard to be a success. But no matter what he does — classes, auditions, networking — he doesn’t get any paying jobs.  Which means that I continue to pay his rent so he doesn’t end up on the street.  He is 26 years old now.  If I continue to pay his rent, am I helping him to achieve his dream or am I just helping him to avoid facing reality and get a real job?
Paying Parent

Dear PP:
We are great believers in the life saving value of personal independence. You are enabling dependence, which in our view, is not good for any of you. Tell him you wish him all the best, but that achieving his dream must include financing it.

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