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Have Your Parents Ever Disappointed You?

As details about John Edwards's affair continued to emerge, along with pants-less pictures of his mistress, I always felt sad for Elizabeth Edwards. But I never really stopped to think about his kids. Well in this week's issue of People, John's 28-year-old daughter Cate opens up about her father's scandal in a full-length essay, making me consider what it must be like for them. Writing about how her mother's example helps her deal with the drama, Cate explains:

There are the things she taught without words, [like] how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it.

I'm sure Chelsea Clinton can relate. As an adult child or as a kid, did your parents ever do anything that disappointed you?

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HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
My dad still des. My mom never.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I never thought my parents should be perfect, but I thought that they should treat their kids with some form of love/respect, and that just never happened. I'm incredibly disappointed with their abusive behavior. I really thought they would be above that, but I guess not.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Sure. I suspect both my parent have undiagnosed personality disorders. However, I think my disappointment was partly my fault, too, as I kept having unrealistic expectations of them. These expectations set me up for disappointment, if you will. Now that I accept them for the crazies they are, I am seldom disappointed. :) In fact, oftentimes I find their behavior laughable (because I don't take them seriously anymore).
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Of course they have! They're only human. Both of them have struggled with addiction, and those addictions have caused them to disappoint me. My dad tried to do good his entire life, so the disappointments were tempered by the fact that he had good intentions and tried his best. My mom has stopped trying.
amber512 amber512 7 years
As a child and as an adult my parents have done things I don't approve of. I never expected them to be perfect, but I did expect them to have common decency. It is hard to have a relationship with either one of them, but I try.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I think that you tend to be harsher on your parents than on anyone else, for some reason you expect them to be perfect(is unrealistic, I know). They have made mistakes that have disappointed me, especially my dad. But I think that it is important to remember that regardless of their mistakes, they are still human and that doesn't make them bad parents( unless they disappointed you as parents). As a father he was good, but he made mistakes a long the way that have disappointed me.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 7 years
My parents have never disappointed me. My dad has had the bad luck to be laid off from two jobs in as many years due to current economic conditions. Both times he has held his head up high and kept on going. My parents are the glue that keeps our family together... I can only hope that my husband and I will set such a good example for our kids.
simplystella simplystella 7 years
Of course they have! When I was younger, my parent's mistakes made me angry and extremely disappointed. Now that I'm older, I realize that, well, they're humans too. They're not invincible, they make mistakes all the time. It's never easy to accept your parents human weakness.. but I guess that, growing up, you learn to cope with it.
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