Doing life with your adult children: Keep your mouth shut and the welcome mat out

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Book or Media Title:

Doing life with your adult children: Keep your mouth shut & the welcome mat out

Author or Producer:

Jim Burns

Publisher or Studio:


Publication or Release Date:


Format (i.e., print book, ebook, CD, DVD, movie, TV show, YouTube video, etc.):


Length (i.e., 350 pages, 1 hour 45 minutes, etc.):

185 pages


Jim Burns’ book is a quick read about parenting our grown children. I love it when he says, “Love the children you have, not the ones you want.” He gives advice on advising your kids, what’s the difference between enabling and helping, keeping healthy boundaries financially and concerning your child’s significant other as well as considering their values, their faith (or lack of) and their lifestyle.  The author himself is a parent of adult children so he gives examples from his own life and from others.

I really enjoyed the easy reading of this book despite the depth that it contains. Burns’ ideas are Scriptural and down to earth and extremely helpful. Highly recommended.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Parents of adult children or children on the way to adulthood.

Christian Impact:

Gives parent adult children some very specific ways to influence your kids yet keep a healthy, loving relationship.

Other Notes (Optional):

Contains questions for reflection and discussion as well as notes.



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Doing Life with Your Adult Children: Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

One Response to “Doing life with your adult children: Keep your mouth shut and the welcome mat out”

  1. Great post 😁

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