Estrangement Category

If I’m no longer a mother, then what am I?

by Sheri McGregor, M.A. It’s a question I hear often after an adult child’s estrangement. Among the more than 9,000 mothers who have answered my survey for parents of estranged adult children, or reached out in site comments or in emails, hundreds ask the same or a similar question. Even the busiest mothers go out […]

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Adult Children Explain Their Reasons for Estranging from Parents

This article reports on a qualitative study of adult children who were estranged from at least one parent. Twenty-six Australian participants reported a total of 40 estrangements. Of these, 23 estrangements were initiated by the participant and 16 were maintained by the participant after being initiated by the parent or occurring after a mutual lessening […]

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“You’re Dead To Me,” Why Estrangement Hurts So Much

During the early stages of researching family estrangement I received a phone call from a woman named Cathy*. She didn’t want to be a part of my research. She needed to tell me something. I didn’t realise how important or memorable it would be until I interviewed more and more people and the same theme […]

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Understanding the 5 Most Common Causes of Estrangement

We’ll kick off a new webinar series this Tuesday MARCH 10TH at 530PM PDT, 830 EST (2015) with a FREE WEBINAR: WHAT COULD MY ESTRANGED CHILD POSSIBLY BE THINKING? Understanding the 5 Most Common Causes of Estrangement. Understanding the 5 Most Common Causes of Estrangement – See more at: http://www.drjoshuacoleman.com/2013/09/new-webinar-series-for-estranged-parents/#sthash.GQPQ1vMi.dpuf  

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parent-child estrangements

parent-child estrangements: Whose life is it, anyway? Ultimatums to adult children can backfire When parents and newly adult children disagree about life choices, experts advise parents to shift to a "consulting" role to maintain the relationship, since other choices (like issuing ultimatums) can result in estrangement. (Illustration by Donna Grethen) When parents and newly adult […]

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Lost years can never be made up

The saddest thing for you is that if you have children, no matter their ages and or how close you may be at this time, by virtue of the fact that you have chosen this, you have now modeled behavior for your own children. They are very likely to dismiss you from their lives the […]

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