Episode 121: “I’m Not Perfect”

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If you’ve ever apologized to your estranged adult child and included the fact that you’re not perfect, chances are you didn’t tell them anything they didn’t already know.

If they’re honest with themselves, estranged adult children also know that they’re not perfect, either. Because no one is.

“I’m not perfect” is a common refrain from those seeking forgiveness. But as apologies go, that phrase is… well, less than perfect.

In addition to being redundant, the statement may stir up negative feelings, because of what it leaves out.

In this episode, Tina gives four different reasons to avoid using this statement, especially during apologies.

Other episodes mentioned on this show:

Episode 105: Making Necessary Changes

Episode 103: “What Should I Apologize For?”

For more on how to repair a relationship with your estranged adult child(ren), read Tina’s book, Reconnecting With Your Estranged Adult Child.

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