Walking on Eggshells

Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents

    • 3.4 • 19 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

The perfect gift for both parents and their adult children—”a wonderfully wise and constructive intergenerational guide” that will keep you connected to the people you love most. “Read it and learn.”—New York Times bestselling author Judith Viorst

We raise our children to be independent and lead fulfilling lives, but when they finally do, staying close becomes more complicated than ever. And for every bewildered mother who wonders why her children don’t call, there is a frustrated son or daughter who just wants to be treated like a grownup. Now, renowned author and editor Jane Isay delivers real-life wisdom and advice on how to stay together without falling apart.

Using extensive interviews with people from ages twenty-five to seventy, Isay shows that we’re far from alone in our struggles to make this new, adult relationship work. She offers up groundbreaking insights and deeply moving stories that will inspire those in even the toughest situations. Isay’s warmth and wit shine through on every page as she charts an invaluable course through the confusing, and often painful, interactions parents and children can face. Walking on Eggshells is the much-needed road map that will keep you connected to the people you love most.

March 27
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Stacey p. ,


I am learning that the hardest stage in parenting is after that number on the birth certificate says that my job is finished. I feel like I am chasing my daughter away from me with every time I open my mouth! I had to find a book or something to tell me I’m not crazy and how to stop screwing it up. I don’t know if this book will change our whole relationship, but I definitely got some take Aways. Regardless, it’s hard and I am willing to do or try anything to keep our relationship intact! I miss those teenage years when she was still somewhat reliant on me and believed I had her best interest at heart instead of taking every movement I make or words I speak as an attack. Thanks for at least making me know I’m not alone.

iCal Queen ,

Life Changing

With 5 adult children, 3 of which are step children whom my husband and I raised for 32 years, and 11 grandchildren, Jane's words of wisdom reminded me that the only one I can change is myself, and that prayer, no matter what your spirituality is, changes everything.

And how much I disliked my mom calling and asking me if my college kids were doing their homework and walking the dog, so do my kids dislike being treated as a child when they are adults.

But most importantly, to just be a loving listener. And with this comes the peace and trust that as I worked life out, so will they.
Thank you Jane!

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