Topics Covered In This Course

Speaking from his own personal and professional experience, Burns offers practical answers to questions such as these:

  • Is it OK to give advice to my grown child?
  • What's the difference between enabling and helping?
  • What boundaries should I have if my child moves back home?
  • What do I do when my child doesn't seem to be maturing into adulthood?
  • How do I relate to my grown child's significant other?
  • What does it mean to have healthy financial boundaries?
  • How can I support my grown children when I don't support their values?

Preview the Video Sessions

Including positive principles on bringing kids back to faith, ideas on how to leave a legacy as a grandparent, and encouragement for every changing season, Doing Life with Your Adult Children is a unique course on your changing role in a calling that never ends.


  1. 1

    You're Fired (So Be Quiet)

    We will discuss two principles that are foundational for cultivating a vibrant relationship with your adult children, and it starts with a simple phrase: You’re fired!

  2. 2

    Keep Learning

    We’re going to discuss the importance of understanding the differences between us and our children so that we can have healthier conversations and become the kinds of parents they need and want for this stage of life.

  3. 3

    From Linger to Launch

    We’ll be talking about enabling and entitlement, and we’ll learn some practical ways that we as parents can help guide our children into responsible adulthood.

  4. 4

    Differing Values

    We will answer some questions from parents who have struggled with many of the same situations you may be facing today, and we’ll talk about what’s most important in order to maintain a loving relationship.

  5. 5

    Money, Money, Money

    We will offer valuable insight and gives us helpful tips for this sometimes awkward aspect of relationship with adult children.

  6. 6

    The Other Relationships

    We will take a look at some of the ways to have a vibrant relationship not just with your adult child, but with the people they bring into the picture.

  7. 7

    Now What?

    Lastly, we will round out our time together and leave you with some closing thoughts; a pep talk of sorts.


Jim offers practical solutions and simple, effective strategies for parents of adult children.


He approaches the most common issues that parents face often with their adult kids.

It Just Works

Looking for something that will actually help? This course was designed for you.


"If you have kids, and they’re grown-up, or you think they might grow up, you gotta get this book. This is center cut-wisdom and prime guidance on how to make your life a blessing to people you love most."

John Ortberg Senior Pastor of Menlo Church

"Jim Burns never ceases to amaze me. Yet another practical, encouraging book that you will turn to repeatedly to help you better love, listen to, and laugh with your young adult children."

Kara Powell Executive Director, The Fuller Youth Institute

"Healthy family relationships are the pearls of life; this book will help you not only to discover that but also to recover what may have gotten lost along the way."

Dr. Wayne Cordeiro President, New Hope Christian College

"This helpful, practical, and at times profoundly insightful book will help you either save or build your relationship with your grown children. You'll be immensely grateful you read it."

Carey Nieuwhof Founding Pastor of Connexus Church, Canada

"If you have adult children (or you are about to), don't miss out on this timely message. It's inspirational, grounded, and immeasurably practical. We can't recommend it enough."

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott Authors of Saving your Marriage Before it Starts

"Jim Burns lives where you and I do. I love his practical, common-sense but biblical counsel. And he has a sense of humor to help us in the tough spots."

Ruth Graham Author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart

"Relating to adult children can be one of life's greatest challenges. For all who are looking for practical help, this book is a must read."

Gary Chapman Author of The Five Love Languages

"In his latest book, Jim Burns offers practical, down-to-earth wisdom for the mom or dad who wants to journey through this transition in a healthy, biblically based way."

Jim Daly President, Focus on the Family

"Jim Burns provides great solutions at several levels: engaging and vulnerable stories, biblical principles, and specific skills. You will change the way you relate to your adult kids for the better."

Dr. John Townsend Founder, The Townsend Institute of Leadership and Counseling

Meet Your Instructor

Jim Burns is the President of HomeWord.

Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 30 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books include: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, and Closer.

Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; two sons-in-law, Steve and Matt; and two grandchildren, James and Charlotte.


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Downloadable Leader Guide
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More Online Courses

Dr. Jim Burns’ offers additional Online Courses for individuals, couples and groups (available in English and Spanish):