If your relationship with your adult child or children is in trouble, you're not alone. It's estimated that about 20% of families experience some kind of estrangement within their ranks. When it's an adult child who chooses to limit or cease contact, it can be excruciating for parents. Sometimes only one parent is cut off, while the other ends up in the middle, trying to maintain both relationships without being disloyal to either one. Everyone in the family, including grandchildren, suffers when an adult child is estranged from one or both parents.
If you read about parent/adult child estrangement on the Internet, you'll generally find two distinct camps: Either this is all your child's fault, or it's all your fault. I don't fall into either camp. My approach to this painful problem offers compassion to everyone and assigns blame to no one. As long as the focus is on who's to blame, the relationship can't be mended. It's frozen forever in this sad, intolerable state.
I offer sincere, positive emotional support and practical suggestions for parents who are tired of trying to figure out who's to blame and are ready for personal healing and growth, no matter what. If you want to reconcile with your child, or if you want to feel whole again with or without them in your life, or if you want both of those things (I hope), please contact me today for a free in-person consultation. To learn even more about my approach, please visit my website.