Many parents of estranged adult children feel like they’re in a revolving door with their child. One moment they’re in contact, the next they’ve gone radio silent again.
Researchers call this periodic or cyclical estrangement, and it’s a dangerous pattern. Just like author Harriet Brown (author of Shadow Daughter), adult children can decide one day that they’ve had enough. For good.
Even in that case, parents needn’t give up. It’s never too late to make repairs once you learn how. But why not heal the relationship now, so that it doesn’t ever get to that point?
This week, Tina talks about the root cause of this back-and-forth pattern, and what parents must do to break the cycle for good. Scroll down to listen to the episode.
For much more detail on how to go about repairing your relationship, order Tina’s forthcoming book, Reconnecting With Your Estranged Adult Child: Practical Tips and Tools to Heal Your Relationship.
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