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Estrangement: Does Child Have the Right to Cut Off Parent?

A mom may map out her babe's life when he is born, but that doesn't mean she'll be part of it. As children become adults, whether they stay connected to their parents is up to them. A recent report featured a single mother who went into counseling to try to figure out why she is estranged from her daughter. While abuse can be an understandable reason to sever familial ties, many distanced relationships happen as a result of unresolved disagreements, differences of opinions, or reasons unknown. Do you think it's fair for children to cut ties with the people who gave them life and actively raised them?

wendysmom wendysmom 6 years
My mother has proven through life to be most difficult and sometimes I have thought about estranging myself from her. But then i think about the good about her and how my life would be so empty and not right without her in my life. I now am an adult and can now express to her certain things i disagree with her on. I hold no grudges just a lot of love and admiration for her. I am also extremely grateful to still have a Mom being 54 and she is 88. I realize all the things I detested about her when I was young are part of her character and her gumption for life. I also realize as I get older you can't change someone you can only learn to love them and accept them for who they are.
katialoves katialoves 7 years
i;m not sure which one to vote for....there's a fine line / really gray area
amber512 amber512 7 years
Sometimes it is just plain necessary. Forgiveness does not equal trust or a willingness to allow a new hurt.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yes! I know people who should've cut ties with their parents because they destroyed all the self-worth they had left! Obviously you should try to mend things and not part for stupid things. But sometimes you are better off without someone!
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Yes if the relationship is damaging even for children I think they should have the option of NOT having contact with a parent. Why are you forced to have a relationship with your abuser because of your DNA? Not everythng should be forgiven/
JoneyStar JoneyStar 7 years
Sometimes the parent/child bond has to be broken but only for valid good reasons. For example if the child or parent live a destructive life that can be damaging to the people around them. (i.e. drugs, alcohol, crime, abuse) But I don't see the need to end a parent/ child relationship over petty disagreements or difference of opinion that can be overcome with simple forgiveness. We will always meet with people who we don't agree with and we often find a way to overlook those differences for a stranger. Why not more so for our parents? It is better to resolve it now before its too late and we are no longer anyones son or daughter, mother or father because our loved one has passed away.
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