Strained Relations

Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens

Still Working on that Broken Heart

Posted by Marcia on November 21, 2009

I write about family issues because it also helps me. Yes, it can be very therapeutic to know you’re not the only one with family difficulties, to review what you did, what you wish you did, and learn from the process.

Thanksgiving was always a family holiday for us as it is for many people. Some people dread the squabbles that will erupt, but we didn’t have that problem. Our son loves a good meal so that part wasn’t an issue, either.

For the past 2 ½ years, we’ve been estranged from our son. I don’t want to go into the details, it’s enough to say we have no contact and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. It’s painful and lonely, and there’s no substitute for having him in our lives, but we try to cope with the matter. It’s hard to accept.

I hear how he’s doing and know in general what’s happening in his life and it pains me to say that I don’t see much personal growth on his part. I hope that will happen in the future, but it clearly isn’t there now.

This Thanksgiving will be spent with extended family as we’ve done before. And as in those other times, my son will be hovering in my mind rather than sitting nearby. I’ll enjoy the time with family while missing him like crazy and worrying about him as always.

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