My adult daughter allows her unemployed boyfriend to sit around my house while I am at work. I don't want to put her out because she is being treated for mental health issues after the loss of a child. I don't want him here sitting on his butt. What can I do?

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At this point, your daughter and her boyfriend appear to be a package deal. I put the loss of a child in the category of one of the toughest things any of us will go through in this life. You need to show compassion in all aspects of dealing with your daughter. That won't always be easy when you want to send the boyfriend packing. For now, in the interest of your daughter, let it go. If you really want him to go away, try to get to know him, invite him to family meals and influence him. One of two things will happen, he will either get tired of being around you, or you will figure out why your daughter is with him. Either way, show your daughter compassion.

Updated on June 27, 2018

Original Article:

Adult Children—When to Help and When to Let Them Learn
By MD Jackson MSIOP

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