BONUS: Contacting Your Estranged Adult Child During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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This past week, one of our Reconnection Club members posted a very timely question in our General Discussion forum: To Reach Out Or Not? (you must be logged in to view).

The member was concerned because if she does reach out, she’s violating her adult child’s request for reduced contact. But if she doesn’t, will she be considered an uncaring mother? She felt between a rock and a hard place, and wondered what other parents were doing.

Many of our members replied, sharing messages they’ve sent to their estranged adult children, and letting us know whether the children responded.

In this special bonus episode, recorded against the backdrop of an escalating global crisis, Tina considers the questions of contact that so many estranged parents are grappling with, along with everything else.

Whether you’ve already reached out, or you’re planning to do so but aren’t quite sure how…

Whether your child has spontaneously contacted you, responded to your check-in or still hasn’t responded, Tina goes over the different situations you might find yourself in right now, with an eye to putting your mind as “at ease” as it can be at the moment.

If you feel like you don’t need to contact your child at all right now, that is perfectly valid as well. Tina suggests choosing self-compassion over guilt.

Listen to the episode now using the player below.

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