The Holidays When Adult Children Reject Parents: 2015 Series
by Sheri McGregor
Be Kind to Yourself This Holiday Season
Holidays when adult children reject parents can be a time of sadness. Parents of estranged adult children can feel pressured to be cheery when they’re not feeling up to the task.
Are you expecting too much of yourself because of the holidays? When adult children reject parents, this time of year can be challenging. If you are feeling especially low, be kind to and patient with yourself. Perhaps change things up this year. Can you give yourself permission to:
- do less?
- change routines?
- have a “small” Christmas?
- buy gift cards instead of shopping for unique gifts?
- let someone else host the party?
- skip the big Christmas newsletter this time?
- or whatever else feels right … ?
It’s okay, really.
If you are afraid of disappointing others, remember, there is disappointment in life—-and you are only a human. You cannot protect everyone. And it’s not up to you to make everyone else’s holiday bright at our own expense.