Episode 54: Why Do They Cut Off Contact Instead of Talking About It?

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Why can’t your estranged adult child talk to you about whatever’s wrong, instead of cutting you off without a word?
That’s a good question, and one that has real answers you might not have thought about.

In this episode (use the player below to listen), Tina offers three explanations that make more sense than, “My child is rude,” or “My child doesn’t love me enough to talk to me,” or “My child is being mean.”

Here they are, in a nutshell:

1. He believes he already tried that route with you.
2. She thinks she knows what she’ll get if she tries.
3. He doesn’t have the communication skills.

Tina elaborates on each of these possible scenarios and points out that all three could be true at the same time. As always, she asserts that parents have power to improve the situation.

Reconnection Club members can discuss this episode in our General Discussion forum.

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

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