Maintaining a childlike sense of wonder and humor well into adulthood can be a lovely trait. For instance, an adult who laughs about the silliest things, and banters with skill, is a treasure. An adult who pouts and whines when faced with confrontation? Not so much. Learning the signs you're raising a man-child is crucial, so you can guide the kid toward adulthood with confidence and competence.
Defining the man child is tricky. According to the website for Psychology Today, a man-child refuses to talk seriously about the future, and more or less acts like a middle schooler well into the adult years. The word immature is often used to describe man children. Of course, lingering immaturity is fun to a point — I'm a lifetime fan of juvenile humor, for instance — but when it comes to the nitty gritty reality of adulthood, man-children tend to flounder.
Chances are, one of your sincerest parental wishes is to have your kid grow into a self-sufficient, capable adult. Along the way, however, it may be tricky to tell which behaviors are OK at a certain age, and which ones need guidance. After all, it is expected that a literal child will act like a child. Whining and pouting go with the territory, at least until a certain age. To help your kid grow into a confident, competent adult, keep an eye out for these signs.