Episodes 97, 98 and 99 (this episode) form a 3-part series outlining an overall stepwise approach to reconnecting with your estranged adult child.
It’s important to note that reconciliation can happen spontaneously. It’s safe to fully embrace all the steps in order, because your child can end the estrangement any time.
So remember there’s no finish line to cross before you can reconnect. Take your time.
In the 3rd and final episode of this series, you’ll find out why it’s important to go through the steps in order, and not to enter Step 3 prematurely.
By the time you get to this last step, you should already have completed 90% of the work of reconnection — even without your adult child’s participation.
Tina cautions that many rejected parents go through the steps backwards, expending energy in fruitless efforts for which they haven’t yet built a foundation.
You’ll also hear about three different traps that parents can fall into, in trying to repair an estrangement.
Once you’ve spent constructive time in Steps 1 and 2, you’ll be prepared for Step 3, which should be the easiest of the three, if approached in order.
For many more practical tips on how to repair an estranged relationship with your adult child(ren) and yourself, see Tina’s book, Reconnecting With Your Estranged Adult Child.
Reconnection Club members can find an annotated guide to the Road Map, with links to Tina’s favorite resources, inside the Reconnection Club.
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