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“In her author’s note, Newman (The Book of No, Parenting an Only Child) compares the mystery of functioning families to the splitting of the atom and the prevention of global warming. Living in harmony with one's returning child and/or family or one’s parents is about as complicated. To help with the resurgence of this phenomenon, Newman offers practical considerations, from protecting privacy and sticking to food preferences to dealing with money and respecting others’ time. Verdict: Newman covers all the bases, and her book is essential reading for those facing this situation. Following her advice can make the difference between enjoying the richness of another generation or simply tolerating it.”

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“A ‘how-to’ guide for every imaginable glitch that can and will arise. [Newman] makes it seem fun, adventurous, and a compassionate journey full of surprises, joys.”
William Poy Lee, author of The Eighth Promise: An American Son Pays Tribute to his Taiwanese Mother

“Susan Newman provides a master class in establishing boundaries, setting realistic expectations, handling the reversion into childhood roles, and guilt.”
Sharon Naylor, author of Home from the Honeymoon

“This innovative book will normalize, infuse dignity, inspire hope.”
―Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, author of Liking the Child You Love

“Wonderfully insightful and comprehensive.”
―Susan Ginsberg, EdD, editor/publisher of Work & Family Life Newsletter

“[A] down-to-earth, straightforward book . . . [that] deals with the sensitive issues.”

―Allan Zullo, coauthor of A Boomer’s Guide to Grandparenting

“Dr. Newman’s message is reassuring and reverses the conventional wisdom that coming home is a burden.”
―Irene S. Levine, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, author of Best Friends Forever

From the Back Cover

The must-have guide for living together peacefully with your adult family members
From money matters to boundaries, Under One Roof Again squarely addresses the inevitable and complicated issues that arise when formerly parent-child relationships become adult-adult ones. Social psychologist Susan Newman provides solid advice for avoiding the snags and building stronger family ties when family members rejoin each other for long or short time periods.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762758597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762758593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a social psychologist, for decades I have focused on relationship and family issues from enriching parent-child and family connections to reaching a sensible balance between work and family, from preventing child abduction and alcohol abuse to getting along better with your parents when you are all adults, and more. The material for my articles and books comes from extensive interviewing and evaluation often combined with the studies and findings of other psychologists, psychiatrists, and related experts. My goal is to provide readers the most accurate, objective, and useful insights available on the topic.

I believe conflicts and disturbing problems can be eased, if not solved, and most relationships improved when people are willing to make the effort. My books are created and designed to give you the information and tools to help you succeed in making a better, happier life for yourself, your children, your parents, partner, friends, and work colleagues.

Those considering or raising an only child will find interesting discussions at my Psychology Today magazine blog: Singletons

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on June 2, 2010
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Great, helpful read on a timely subject! Based on extensive interviews, Newman gives sound, sensible, easily doable tips that cover every conceivable problem facing adult family members sharing the same space and everyone from grads to grandparents. Better yet, when it comes to the toughest situations, she gives options: Grown kid returning home, say, and not comfortable telling that parent with a tendency to micromanage "I'll ask for your advice if I need it"? Try "I'll feel so much better about myself if I take charge"--or any of the other alternates she suggests. Hard to see how you could implement even a fraction of her advice without making the experience of second-time-around living together easier, more enjoyable, and, just possibly, great family fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Meyer on March 10, 2015
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This book has a lot of really great advice. My wife and I are considering moving her recently divorced (non elderly) mother into our home, and it seemed impossible to find any reading material on this topic. This book covered our situation as well as young adults moving back home or established families moving in with parents. A must read for anyone considering a multigenerational household.
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By BB on September 30, 2012
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This book arrived quickly and in excellent (NEW) condition. The book is aimed primarily at people trying to reconcile living with family again. Son moved back in? Mom? How does one deal with this? That is this book, unexpected permanent company. However, I am planning on living with my parents in a Multi-generational house, there is NO book for that....that I know of. This book did give us many things to think about and provided much concrete advice on how to have a positive relationship with those unexpected family members moving back in. There are vignettes (small example stories) throughout the book that are real situations and the author gives advice on how to avoid or plan for these situations. I would read it again, even though it did not truly fill the want I have.
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