Time to become a grown-up, and here's how

Wed May 19, 2010 4:14am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Celebrity therapist Stacy Kaiser says it's time adults became "fully-loaded grown ups" and after 20 years in practice has written her first book telling you how to do so.

Los Angeles-based Kaiser is a therapist for TV's "Celebrity Fit Club" and "Diet Tribe" as well as the chief program officer for the national ToughLOVE program that helps parents handle difficult kids.

Amid a plethora of self-help books, Kaiser says her "How To Be a Grown-up: The Ten Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know," published by HarperOne this week, stands out because it gives readers positive action for changing their life.

She spoke to Reuters recently:

Q: Your book is about being a 'fully-loaded grown-up'. That suggests that adults behave more like children these days.

A: "What has happened to most adults is that they have lost the ability to control their own lives and make good choices. We were sold the bill of goods that we could have everything and anything. We all wanted to try and believe that and a lot of us ended up suffering."

Q: Do adults still have a lot of growing up to do?

A: "As adults we have a lot we still need to learn. We aren't really raised equipped to manage a full life with a job and finances and family and friends. No-one hands us a training manual, so that is what this book really is. It's the manual our parents never gave us."   Continued...

<p>Celebrity therapist Stacy Kaiser is seen in this undated publicity photograph. REUTERS/Courtesy Harper One/Handout</p>