One of the highest calls our counseling team has received from parents struggling with feelings of frustration, sadness, or anger because of a broken relationship with their adult children. It hurts the heart.
It is also common. A 2015 study by Richard Conti at Kean University found that 43 percent of college students are separated from their parents at some point. Twenty -six percent reported prolonged separation.
If the parent/adult child relationship is broken, the most effective solution is to change the boundaries. Boundaries are God’s way for us to live in freedom so we can take control of our lives and love Him and others more.
We focus on the parent/adult child relationship in our Family Broadcast Focus ”Healing the Parent and Adult Child Relationship”With our guest, author and psychologist Dr. John Townsend. He shares:
- Common ways an adult child can contribute to a relationship problem – and how parents respond.
- Common ways parents can contribute to relationship division – and how to respond to the adult child.
- Basic principles of boundaries, how to set them, and expectations for resistance from another family member.
- Roadblocks to the borders.
- Forgiveness and reconciliation.
- How to take your troubles to God to find freedom.
Boundaries create freedom, and freedom always finds its final expression through love. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “’You must love your neighbor as yourself’” (Gal. 5: 13-14).
Before I end, I want to remind you of our year -end campaign here at Focus on the Family. Generous friends match every donation you make to this ministry. Which means your gift will even double to save a painful marriage, equip parents, and give hope to families.
With your gift of any amount, we will send you the book of Dr. John Townsend Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Visit our website for more information or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).