adult children who have different political/spriritual views from us

I remember reading years ago Helen Nearing’s book about her life with her husband.  In it she described Scott’s relationship with his son.  As some of you know, Scott was a pioneer back-to-the-lander as well as a socialist.  His son worked on Wall Street and didn’t share his perspective.  In the book, Helen shared a letter Scott wrote him in which he carefully outlined the reasons for his disapproval of his son’s politics and the reasons why he wanted to withdraw contact from him .

Well, we all make mistakes and this was a major whopper!  What we parents of adult children have to remember:  it is not their job to make us proud; it is our job to take pride in our children.  There is no other way we can stay close, enough of a motive; and no other way we can continue to have some influence on them.

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2 thoughts on “adult children who have different political/spriritual views from us

  1. Nice, Margot.

    And timely for me. Jihan is getting depressed as he reads indications that Romney may not be a shoe-in. We maintain a friendly disagreement.

    xoxox, Najwa

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